Hometown: Sugar Land
Filed Under: Honorable altars for culinary sacrifice.
Overview: Handsome series of individually hand crafted wood cutting boards, available in a variety of practical sizes and distinctive patterns, and finely crafted from local and exotic hardwoods such as Pecan, Oak, Walnut, Maple, Teak, Mesquite, Purpleheart, and Padauk
Appreciate: More boards to choose from than you have counterspace to accommodate. Tin Roof's board creator Kurt Pratka has designed a complete line of cutting boards to suit different aesthetic tastes, needs, and occasions.Let's focus on the two extremes: Tin Roof's most affordable option is the Canopy Grove board in the Quick Cut size. Made of solid pecan wood, this is, in our opinion, a must-have board for anyone who enjoys an ice cold cerveza por la tarde caluroso. You'll need a lime for your cerveza, and a place to slice that lime. At 5x8.25x5/8", this is a nimble little board you can quickly throw on the counter, cut your lime, clean up, and tuck back away, rapido. On the other end of the spectrum is the top of the line Garden Chef board in the Block Top size (pictured above, with some sort of well-seasoned non-vegetable). This gorgeous cutting board should not be tucked away, but instead left out for the neighbors and other visitors to see, and envy. Made of rare, solid mahogany and oak wood, the Garden Chef board measures an impressive 15x17x2", with convenient routed handles so that you don't drop the block on your baby toe. Ouch
Know: Tin Roof Cutting Boards are made in collaboration with their talented friends over at Tough Country Sawmill. The process is professional, and the quality is as high-end as you should expect from equipment that bears the blade of many knives. Tin Roof Cutting boards are never stained; their finish is owed to sealing, sanding, and moisturizing, all achieved by hand, and of course the natural woods used for each board mean that no two boards are alike
Special Comments: Exceptional quality cutting boards like these should be deemed an investment to be properly cared for. To help you maintain the life, finish, and safety of your Tin Roof Cutting Board, from time to time you'll want to apply some of Tin Roof's Food Grade White Mineral Oil to your board. Like sunscreen, a little goes a long way, but you've got to make sure you use the little that you've got. The oils neutralize bacteria that may be hiding in small cracks, and prevent food odors from being absorbed into the wood. Which is important, because wood should smell like wood, not chicken gizzard. Mineral oil also generally aids cleaning, and prevents water absorption. Importantly, Tin Roof's Food Grade White Mineral Oil is "food grade" because it meets FDA regulations for direct and indirect food contact. Windex does not, so use some of this on your boards and save the teal stuff for getting the gizzard off your glass
Cost: They range at the low end for the Canopy Grove in Quick Cut, available for $14.95, and at the high end for the Garden Chef Block Top at $284.95. Add monogramming for $19.95, and some Tin Roof Food Grade Mineral Oil for $9.50 (8oz bottle)
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