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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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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
BTW, anyone know if there is a warranty on their products? I emailed BooS customer service but never received a reply.
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??
Do yourself and stick with the thicker, end grain butcher blocks.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a special house worming gift I got myself. It is recommended by Alton Brown that that was a good enough recommendation for me. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lee T.
I have two Boos blocks - this is the lighter of the two. I love both of them - they are heavy enough to not slip, and built like STONES. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Middle Aged Macgyver Dad
It is nice for the price and I use it every day. It definitely will take a while to season. The wood was VERY dry and porous feeling when it first arrived. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Wood Family
Christmas gift for my daughter. She loves, loves, loves using a wooden cutting board and this has meet her expectations.Published 12 days ago by CAbookshopperfor7
I thought some of the reviews were exaggerated. John Boos is good stuff, right? It shouldn't crack. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sid V
Beautiful board and great customer service! Thank you! I especially love how thick it is functional and beautiful!Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Anything from John Boos is top quality so cant go wrong here, this board is the perfect size, its HEAVY and easy to clean. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Phil C
Wonderful cutting board. Boos never disappoints. Have several and have never gotten rid of one so they last a very long time.Published 1 month ago by R.O. Binson
Great little board for quick, small cutting jobs. Very high quality and should last forever if it is cleaned and oiled regularly.Published 1 month ago by Chuck