NSF Countertops Are Approved for Food Service Industry Use
John Boos & Co., a leading manufacturer of kitchen equipment for the food service industry, makes NSF-certified countertops. NSF, the organization that reviews manufacturers’ workplaces and processes to ensure adherence to industry best practices, has inspected Boos’ Illinois-based wood plant and judged their materials and practices worthy of NSF certification. To maintain the integrity and appearance of your foodservice counters, after each use clean them with warm, soapy water and a sponge or cloth. Be sure to remove any material remaining on the top; to wipe away and pooling liquids; and to dry the surface with paper or cloth towels. Every few weeks apply a coating of butcher block oil in order to keep the wood moisturized and protected with a food-safe moisture barrier.
In the accompanying photo, acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton are shown showing off the John Boos NSF countertops they chose for SuperBite - their second unique restaurant concept in Portland in April 2016. The Dentons were 2016 finalists for the “James Beard Award, Best Chef Northwest” competition and named among the “Best New Chefs” by Food & Wine magazine. SuperBite’s mission is to “pack big flavor into small dishes.”
Boos Commercial Countertops Are Made of Hard Rock Maple, so Built to Last
Boos NSF-certified countertops are constructed of hard rock maple – the strongest of the North American hardwoods. These restaurant-grade counters provide a clean, sanitary work surface that’s safe for food preparation, provided that the tops are well-made and maintained. Boos restaurant countertops are blended maple butcher blocks. Blended-maple butcher blocks, also referred to as jointed edge-grain butcher blocks, are made using short and medium-length strips of Rock Maple - the hardest North American hardwood. [Note: maple strips that run the full length of the countertop are used for the outside rails of a foodservice countertop, for added strength.] The maple pieces are finger-jointed together using industrial-strength glue and exposed to high temperature and pressure.
Commercial Kitchen Counters Come in Standard and Custom Sizes
Boos blended maple restaurant counter tops come in three different thicknesses: 1.5, 1.75 and 2.25 inches - and are available in a wide variety of standard sizes. Standard widths range from 24 inches to 60 inches. The length of standard-size countertops for restaurants ranges from 36 inches up to 144 inches. Custom commercial countertops are also available. Choose a finish of food-safe natural oil or varnish-like Varnique. Oiled tops are safe for cutting upon; whereas counters finished with Varnique should not be cut upon directly. Also know that if you select Varnique, this will void the NSF certification.
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