Growing up, I didn't really have parents blessed with the ability to cook. (With the exception of my Step-Dad, who is an amazing chef!) So most food-related memories from early childhood were meals from Taco Bell or Dominos Pizza. Until we went to Grandma's house, that is! This was a treat, because she always had something yummy for my brother and I. We loved her homemade lasagna, delicious chicken burgers, and even her ooey-gooey grilled cheese. It was my Grandma, who just happens to be my very best friend, that gave me a love for cooking and for family as well.
Since I am a self-confessed foodie and I do spend so much time in the kitchen, I realize the importance of having high quality kitchen products. I have a top of the line set of appliances with all the bells and whistles, a commercial grade food processor, and a wonderful set of knives. I also have a lot of specialty small appliances that help make cooking fun.
One thing I have been lacking, however, was a good cutting board. The sad cutting boards I had been using for years were plastic, marred with knife marks, and I always feared that no matter how much I scrubbed, they wouldn't come fully clean. I have also used a bamboo cutting board which was beautiful...I loved it a lot, until one day without warning, it split!
So one evening, I was watching the Food Network with my husband, and I saw a gorgeous cutting board that was thick, beautifully made, and definitely could withstand years of heavy usage. I actually grabbed my remote and rewound live TV so I could see who the maker was. When the board came back into the scene, I hit pause. The logo read "Boos Block". I was very excited about this find, and immediately googled the company.
About John Boos & Co. :
I should also add that this company has been a mainstay in kitchens everywhere since 1887! Now that alone, my friends, is testament to the quality and pride in workmanship John Boos & Co. has. So when I contacted them inquiring about their cutting boards, I was over the moon excited when they happily agreed to send me a board of my own to review. I think I may have even done a happy dance!
My Review :
This board is unique for several reasons. First, I love the size. It fits my countertop perfectly. It even has a lip to help prevent slipping and keep the board in place. As you can see, this lip nestles against the edge of the countertop.
One very important thing to note is that proper maintenance is essential with your Boos Boards. This product is very high-end, and does require a minimal amount of upkeep to keep it looking and performing at its best. This board can cleaned with a mild detergent, but should not be soaked or left in liquids for long periods.
Also, it is very important that this board is oiled every 3-4 weeks using the Boos Board Cream. Don't worry, this is very easy to apply. You can apply by hand or using a rag, and all you need to do is rub it into the board and then wipe away the excess cream. Easy, peasy, right? This will keep it moisturized, and help lock out smells, germs and water. Boos Boards come shipped from the factory with a Boos Block Cream Finish with Beeswax which protects and prolongs the life of your board.
Overall, I am incredibly impressed by John Boos & Co. My board is absolutely amazing! The quality is fantastic, and since Maple has natural antibacterial properties, I don't need to worry as much about germs and bacteria. This board is made to last a lifetime and is quite versatile, allowing me to accomplish many tasks in the kitchen. I love that this board helps me keep my countertops clean and free of germs, so clean-up is a breeze. And on top of that, this board is downright sexy..Yep, I said it. It's sexy. Or maybe I am just odd for getting so excited about kitchen products!
I would definitely recommend Boos Boards to anyone who has a love for food, and would like to experience cooking in a whole new way. I can definitely see why professional chefs rave about John Boos & Co. and use them in their restaurant and home kitchens. These boards are definitely a cut above the rest...Pun totally intended!
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