- 4 Apr 2013
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I believe butchers blocks were regularly scraped back? I think im right in saying end grain soaks up moisture the quickest though, so although the 'cut' surface lasts longer, the blood from a butchers blood would go in quicker. Saying that, oak is to a degree antibacterial ( tannins etc ).
In terms of vegetable oil, it will go rancid after a while. I dont know how long
Your correct, I remember my Saturday job in the local butchers, end of the day we used to apply watered down bleach to the board. Scrub it with a hardcore brush, where the bristles were metal, not wire. Then cover it with sawdust to soak up the dampness, then brush it off. You didn’t need a gym those days.