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John Boos Chop-N-Slice 18-by-12-Inch Maple Cutting Board

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  • Solid, reversible maple-wood cutting board with natural oil finish
  • 2 flat surfaces for chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, and more
  • Great alternative to plastic--easier on knives and won't harbor bacteria
  • Hand wash and oil regularly for best results
  • Measures 18 by 12 by 1-1/4 inches
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Size: 18 by 12-Inch

John Boos Chop-N-Slice Maple Cutting Board

18 by 12 by 1.25 inches

Add a handsome yet highly functional tool to your kitchen arsenal with this wooden cutting board from John Boos. Made of solid hard rock maple with edge-grain construction for durability, the Chop-N-Slice reversible cutting board provides two flat sides and slightly rounded edges for comfortable handling. The finely crafted board, which measures 18 by 12 by 1.25 inches, works well for a variety of food-prep tasks, whether chopping meat, slicing and dicing fruits and vegetables, or mincing fresh herbs.

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 Information

Size:18 by 12-Inch
Product Dimensions 18 x 12 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 7.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 7.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer John Boos
ASIN B00063QBKY
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Item model number 213
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 350 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #271 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#18 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Knives & Cutlery Accessories > Cutting Boards
#25 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Kitchen Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com December 12, 2006

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By K B on September 19, 2010
Size: 20 by 15-Inch Verified Purchase
I received the Maple Chop & Slice 1 1/2" board for Xmas '09, and despite all the hype, I am disappointed with it. It began to split within a few weeks and now has several splits. As a home chef, I use the board daily, it is not allowed to remain 'wet' (such as with fruit juices), is wiped clean after each project and is wiped clean and dried, not immersed. It was conditioned before use and regularly since. Therefore, the three stars. Otherwise, the size and weight is great. If I had to buy one (which I probably will sooner than later) again, I would opt for an end cut and thicker board.

BTW, anyone know if there is a warranty on their products? I emailed BooS customer service but never received a reply.
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I had to return the first board I received from Amazon because it was dented on both cutting services and on the sides as well. Boos does nothing to pad it's board so it's on Amazon to package the board properly. Amazon threw a few pieces of the large bubble wrap and did not adequately secure the board, so of course it was damaged in transit. The second replacement shipment was even worse. Only one side had bubble wrap and the board once again had dents in it. Taking the advice of another reviewer who replied to one of my comments, I used a damp cloth and an iron to bring out the compression dents.

So problem solved, right? NO. The second board was also not smooth at all. It was so rough that you could actually see pieces of wood coming up all over the board and felt very rough when I ran my hand over it on both sides. I debated on whether or not to return yet another board and decided it would be best to just buy some sandpaper and smooth the board out myself. I'm happy with the board now but I should not have to iron out dents and sand a brand new board.

There are two issues plaguing this board:

1) The quality control at Boos is clearly suspect as the board was very poorly sanded. Also, they should probably package their boards with a little more than just plastic wrap.

2) Amazon packaging. This continues to get worse as the years go on and for a heavy and sensitive item like this, it should be packaged with some degree of care. My board was improperly packaged twice.

My girlfriend ordered the same board but from a 3rd party via Amazon and they packed it in packing peanuts. The board showed up in perfect condition. Why can't Amazon do that??
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I'm a big fan of Boos traditional butcher blocks, but this clearly does not live up to the standards of Boos. I picked this up for my short stint in a small apartment where my butcher block was not practical. I oiled regularly, but the board developed a rough texture and begin to warp after a few weeks. I was useful for what it was, but will not make the trip back home and will find itself in a landfill.

Do yourself and stick with the thicker, end grain butcher blocks.
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I've used wood cutting boards for over 20 years and I've never had a problem with cracking so so soon in the process. It works well but it will not last the 10 years my other ones did.
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The whole cutting board has a very big crack in it that wasn't there when I peeled the plastic off (at least I don't think it was). It's a very deep crack. It's only been on my kitchen counter since I opened. I would not recommend this product.
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Size: 18 by 12-Inch Verified Purchase
The first board we ordered had a huge, wide splinter on the cutting surface, so we requested a replacement. We've had the second board for a month and a half, and it has begun to split. We've used it almost daily, but have been washing it carefully, and used wood oil. We returned the second board for a refund.
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...update...Had it now almost 4 months. On 1 of the edges, there is a slight separation where the pieces are glued together. Main thing on any board is to keep it well oiled. I wash and dry the board immediately after use, and oil well once/month now. If you are not willing to do frequent oiling, do not buy a wood board. They are great, but need to be oiled regularly or they will separate with time. I love the heavy weight of the board. I have very sharp Japanese knives, they are not cutting up the board at all.

Only had it about a month, but so far so good. Nice and thick. This board 1 1/4" thick, the board it replaced eventually warped, it was only 3/4 thick. So worth the extra money to get a thick heavy board that will not move around when cutting. The main thing about any cutting board is to oil it regularly. When you order the board, be sure to order "Block Oil." I like this for regular maintenance of the board. I have tried others, like this oil the best. How often to oil? One brand I saw recommended once/day for the first week...once week for the first month...then once month. This is what I did with this board. However, since the board brand new and of course dry, for the first 7 days I oiled with plain pure mineral oil since you can buy in any drug store for a cheap price. After that, starting using the "Block Oil." Block Oil - Non Toxic Bamboo and Wood Oil Finish (Natural)This oil hard to find in the stores so recommend you buy it from Amazon same time as the board. We have very sharp Japanese knives, the board is holding up to them. This board on the Test Kitchen recommended list. Worth it so far. Bought this size as it fits nicely in our kitchen cabinet drawer.
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