The Kitchen Cart Is the Chef's Biggest Time Saver
Not only do rolling kitchen carts add valuable counter-height work space, they provide mobile storage space that can be wheeled to wherever it's needed. Load yours with fresh produce from the refrigerator that requires washing at the kitchen sink, for instance. Once done, move the cart out of the way to a quiet spot where you can use it as a prep cart or work station. Next, roll your cart, loaded with prepared ingredients, right to your stove, oven or grill, or to your main countertop for final mixing, blending or arranging for presentation. Finally, it to transport cooked dishes to the dinner table, or as a serving cart wheeled around your kitchen, dining room or patio. There’s no limit to the versatility of kitchen carts.
John Boos Butcher Block Kitchen Carts Are Top of the Line
Boos & Co., located in Central Illinois, has been making blocks since 1887, first for blacksmiths who required strong, sturdy work surfaces for heavy pounding, and later for butchers, who need a rock-solid surface on which to cut, chop and pound. These beautiful wood tops come in various thicknesses and different grain styles.
Edge-grain butcher blocks, as thin as 1.5 inches thick, feature long rails of wood that run parallel to one another. In blended-grain tops, the wood rails also run in parallel, but each ribbon of the block is comprised of two or more pieces of wood. End-grain tops – some as thick as 7 inches - are quite different. They feature short rails of North American hardwood - either maple, cherry or walnut – that are arranged vertically and nested side by side to form a grid that resembles a checkerboard tableau. Since it’s the fibrous ends of sawn wood pieces that comprise the block’s cutting surface, they are better able to absorb sharp knife and hatchet blades.
Boos Uses Stainless Steel in Most of Its Elegant Butcher Block Kitchen Carts
Some Boos carts are made entirely of wood – top, base and shelf. But for a more interesting look that melds the warmth and richness of wood with the clean look and practicality of stainless steel, consider a hybrid: a Boos cart with a hardwood butcher block top affixed to a stainless steel base. You’ll love the beauty and convenience of a chopping block top. You can choose shelves made of either flat, perforated or tubular stainless steel. The latter is perfect for storing wine bottles. Plus, gorgeous butcher block is a classy surface on which to serve wine.
Catskill Work Center Islands, Microwave Carts, and Utility Carts Feature Yellow Birch Hardwood
Catskill Craftsmen, located in New York’s Catskill Mountains, specializes in locally-harvested yellow birch wood. They make a wide range of rolling islands, work centers, storage and prep carts and small utility and microwave carts. If you’re tight on counter space, consider moving your microwave oven from a countertop to a cart. Microwave carts are not only versatile, they're compact enough to be tucked under a counter, in an out-of-the-way corner, or in a utility room or closet.
Mobile Prep Station Carts from Chris & Chris Feature a Unique “Chop & Drop” Food Handling System
The professional-chef duo of Chris and Chris has designed the gourmet’s delight. A hole ("pig snout") cut in the butcher block top of a Chris and Chris compact prep cart serves a double purpose. The chef can position a steel catch pan just beneath the pig snout to catch the cuts of meat or sliced veggies he or she wishes to retain. Then the chef can replace the catch pan with a trash ring that holds a waste bag in order to easily collect and dispose of scraps and unusable trimmings.
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