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John Boos Reversible Maple Cutting Board, 18" x 12" x 2.25"

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  • Solid, reversible maple wood cutting board; measures 18 by 12 by 2-1/4 inches (LxWxH)
  • Hard maple edge grain construction with cream finish; two flat sides and slightly rounded edges
  • Handgrips on the ends for easy transport from countertop to stovetop
  • Wood board is easier on knives as plastic boards can dull knives more quickly
  • Hand wash and oil regulary
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Product Description

John Boos Reversible Maple Cutting Board

18 by 12 by 2.25 inches

Add a handsome yet highly functional tool to your kitchen arsenal with this wooden cutting board from John Boos. The solid, reversible, maple wood cutting board measures 18 by 12 by 2.25 inches (LxWxH) with two flat sides for cutting and slightly rounded edges. The board features hard maple edge grain construction with a cream finish and is equipped with handgrips on the ends for easy transport from countertop to stovetop.

John Boos & Company circa 1900.

The History of John Boos & Co

In business since 1887, John Boos & Co. is the oldest industry in South Central Illinois. Founder, Conrad Boos Sr. named the business after his son, John and for years, worked out of a blacksmith shop in Effingham. The blacksmith used a Sycamore tree placed on three legs to straighten horseshoes. The wooden block absorbed the shock of the hammer. In 1890, a local butcher realized the block could be used for cutting meat, and had one made. The word spread to surrounding small towns and cities and by 1911, John Boos was shipping from coast to coast.

In 1956, John Boos began to sell some of their products for home use. Today, John Boos cutting boards are found in hotels and restaurant kitchens, culinary schools, and on televised cooking shows. The old craftsmen work ethic is still around at John Boos, with a few changes.Premium Hard Rock Maple lumber from the surrounding Mid-West and Northern States is used in place of Sycamore lumber. And John Boos automation has replaced much of the older equipment with the exception of the 1942 block press which is very much in use today.

John Boos & Co. utilizes 100% of their raw material to benefit the manufacturing processes. The smallest lumber scraps are transformed into sawdust and used to generate electricity and create steam to fuel the boilers.

The Early Years

In 1892 the Boos family sold interest in the company to the Gravenhorst family. In 1895 the building burned and was rebuilt. In 1899 they moved to the present site of 315 South First Street for more space.

In 1920, they added extra buildings and kilns.. By the 1940s, butcher blocks were found in every restaurant, food store and butcher shop in America.

Last Half of the Century

Following WWII, the company added a dry kiln, increased its office space, and added manufacturing space. The shipping docks were enlarged while warehousing space and new products were added.

The company continued expanding through the 60s and '70s with the growth of its metal table market with synthetic tops, stainless-steel tops, or maple tops. Even though the government was tough on wood products through the 1970s and '80s, the company continued to grow with its new line of BDL store fixtures, park benches, and other butcher block furniture.

Current Products & Markets

The wood and metal products are listed with the National Sanitation Foundation, the leader in sanitation agencies for approving equipment to be installed in foodservice and supermarket operations. The products must have approval of various sanitation agencies in order to be accepted by the industry.

John Boos & Co. Cucina butcher blocks and cutting boards are used by celebrity chefs throughout the USA, including Charlie Trotter, Ming Tsai, Paul Kahan, Susan Spicer, Mary Sue Milliken, and Susan Feninger. In addition, chef’s featured on "The Food Network", such as Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse, prepare meals every day on John Boos cutting boards. In 1994, we were we were 1 of 22 companies awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Foodservice Equipment by the Chefs of America at a ceremony conducted at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

John Boos & Company Today

The company currently occupies approximately 150,000 square feet in Effingham, IL and approximately 65,000 square feet in Philipsburg, PA and Suring, WI. The company’s four dry kilns dry up to 210,000 board feet of lumber on a continual basis. Most of the hardwoods used for manufacturing are shipped from the Great Lakes, while the stainless steel comes from warehouses and distribution centers in Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.

Care and Maintenance

Keeping Your Board Sanitized

Wash your John Boos cutting board with hot soapy water after each use and dry it with a clean towel or let it air dry. For further sanitation, the board can be rinsed with a vinegar or chlorine bleach solution. (1 teaspoon bleach to one quart of water/5-to-1 ratio of vinegar to water) Do not soak the board in water--this will damage the wood. Wood cutting boards are NOT dishwasher-safe.

Maintaining Your Board

Oil your cutting board on all surfaces every 3-4 weeks. The Boos block cream finish with beeswax (included with the board) will protect and prolong the board’s life. We recommend using John Boos Mystery Oil and/or Boos Block Cream with Beeswax.

Research: Plastic vs. Wooden Cutting Boards

Led by Dean O. Cliver, Ph.D, a research team compared plastic and wooden cutting boards to find out how to best disinfect wooden cutting boards from bacteria. They found that disease bacteria were not recoverable from both new and older knife-scarred wooden surfaces in a short time after they were applied, unless very large numbers were used. They found that while new plastic surfaces allowed the bacteria to persist, they were easily cleaned and disinfected. However, they found that older, knife-scarred plastic surfaces were impossible to clean and disinfect manually, especially when food residues such as chicken fat were present. Further, they found that if a sharp knife is used to cut into the work surfaces after used plastic or wood has been contaminated with bacteria and cleaned manually, more bacteria are recovered from the plastic surface than from the wood surface.

The research team has no commercial relationships to John Boos or any other company making cutting boards. They believe, on the basis of their published and to-be-published research that food can be prepared safely on wooden cutting surfaces and that plastic cutting surfaces present some disadvantages. In conclusion, they believe their research shows evidence that wooden cutting boards are not a hazard to human health, but plastic cutting boards may be.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 2.2 inches ; 13 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B000I01DDA
  • Item model number: RA01
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,884 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Rodriguez Boughton on August 5, 2012
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I've had this board for a two and a half months, taking proper care of it: hand washing, never leaving it dirty or wet and oiling it as suggested. So it was a great disappointment when the board started splitting on the sides. I expected this was a block made for life, instead I got a defective product. Even if its a good, solid block, I do not recommend buying it. Why splurge on a block that deteriorates so fast?
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We bought this cutting board and the oil that goes with it after much research into cutting boards and consideration into choosing the highest quality cutting board available. We were really excited to add it to our lovely new kitchen in our new home. We've had wood and plastic boards before and this Boos cutting board seemed like the "ultimate" cutting board on the market. Boy have we been disappointed. We care for the board relatively well, we don't oil is as often as they say, but we do care for it. The board started falling apart after 1 month of use. Literally the boards of wood that make up the board have 1-2mm spaces between them! We have a multi-layer towel underneath the board to keep it off our granite (because granite tends to be cold) but that hasn't helped. And the splitting only got worse when we turned the heat on this winter. The board is falling apart and we expect to be throwing it in the trash soon. I strongly recommend against buying this board. AND when we wrote to Boos early on when it started splitting they told us that the board can't be exposed to hot or cold, water etc. How can you have a cutting board that can't sit on the kitchen countertop? Or be washed off to clean it? Ridiculous. The customer service from Boos was actually rude in their reply to us and offered no solution. They told us it was our fault the board was falling apart after owning it for a month.
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This is a lateral, or longitudinal grained board, not end-grain as advertised. It is, however, reversible, and easy to season. So far, I like it, but only gave 4 stars because of the advertisement is a tad misleading to me.
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By CJ M. on December 27, 2013
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Purchased two of the Boos Blocks for Christmas presents and they are really the best boards on the market. They are extremely well made and when you pick one up, you will understand why.
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By G. Merdalo on December 6, 2013
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this was a gift that was put to use almost immediately. Boos is a product that i have in my home and is used almost daily. it's functional and was well received.
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By Christine on December 5, 2014
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I had my block less than a few months when it started to split. I never leave it wet, I dry it immediately, and oil it responsibly. I'm super disappointed.
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By Peter Edmondo on February 27, 2014
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The block forms the center of my prep area and makes the tedious job of prepping easier. I would recommend to any serious chef.
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This cutting board is a lifetime investment that is so worth it. Makes slicing and chopping a pleasure. Highly recommended.
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