The Kitchen Cart Might Be the Greatest Invention of All Time
Some say that the wheel was the greatest invention ever. Others contest it was the cart that sits atop those very same wheels, whether used in fields, workshops, factories or kitchens – residential and commercial alike. Regardless whether you put the wheels or the cart first, those of us who toil in the kitchen have discovered and appreciate the incredible utility and convenience that movable carts provide.
Carts on Wheels Deliver Maximum Convenience
Not only do they add valuable counter-height work space for preparing meals, they provide additional storage space; and there’s no such thing as a kitchen with adequate space for storing dinnerware, place settings, cutlery, cookware, kitchen tools and implements and small appliances. Plus, you can easily wheel a cart, especially one equipped with commercial-grade caster wheels, around your kitchen to where it’s needed most.
Load yours with fresh produce from the refrigerator that requires washing at the kitchen sink. Then move it to a quiet spot away from foot traffic where you can use it as a prep cart work station. Next roll your prepped ingredients to you main countertop for final mixing and blending, or right to the oven. Use it to transport cooked dishes to the dinner table. Or perhaps you intend to use yours as a serving cart in the kitchen, or wheeled into the dining room or on to an outside patio. There’s simply no limit to carts’ versatility.
John Boos Butcher Block Carts Are considered 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 and chop. These beautiful wood tops vary in thickness and come in 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 stripe of the block is comprised of two or more pieces of wood. End-grain-style 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 stood on end and nested side by side in a grid design to form a beautiful checkerboard tableau. Since it’s the fibrous ends of sawn pieces of wood that comprise the block’s surface, they are better able to absorb sharp knife and hatchet blades.
Boos Uses Stainless Steel in Its Elegant Wine and BBQ 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 cart with a wood top on 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 bottles of wine. Plus gorgeous butcher block is a classy surface on which to serve wine.
Catskill Work Center Islands and Microwave and Utility Carts Feature 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 countertop microwave over to a cart. Not only are these carts versatile, many are compact enough to be tucked under a counter, in an out-of-the-way corner, or even in a utility room or closet.
Mobile Prep Stations from Chris & Chris Feature their “Chop & Drop” Design
This professional-chef duo 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 slide into the hole and into a steel catch pan below the cuts of meat or veggies he or she wishes to retain; or he/she can replace the pan with a trash ring holding a waste bag and easily dispose of the scrap and trimmings of his or her handiwork.
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