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How to Butcher a Deer

how to butcher a deer


Aging Wild Game

 

The importance of Aging Meat has often been disputed, here are the facts,

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Aging Meat -

Shortly after the slaughter of an animal the muscles stiffen and the animal goes through a chemical process called Rigor Mortis. This process gradually disappears and the natural tenderizing begins. There are natural Enzymes in the flesh of all animals.

These Enzymes break down the muscle tissue over time depending on the size of the animal.
A side of beef takes 3 to 4 days at 40 degrees F. for this process to begin.

Quality beef is usually aged for 2-4 weeks before it reaches the consumer.

Aging meat does not mean simply hanging it. It is important to control the following conditions, sanitation, temperature, humidity and air circulation.

Aging meat increases tenderness and flavor. Any off taste or bad smell is not

a characteristic of properly aged and butchered meat.

The following are recommended guidelines for aging your game.

 

Deer - Quickly after killing a deer, carefully open the animal and remove all entrails inside the chest cavity (any sharp high quality knife will work if you are careful, we prefer a German boning knife). Take your time to avoid puncturing vital organs. Carefully split the hide open back to the rear, use a Bone Saw to cut open the tailbone (the bone that joins the two read legs together) and remove all entrails. The bone saw also works well to split open the upper chest cavity.

As soon as possible flush the deer cavity with several gallons of cold water. It is important to cool the animal as fast as possible. This can be done several ways. If it is cold outside, simply use a clean piece of wood to prop open the chest cavity. If it is warm outside place several bags of ice inside the chest cavity. We also recommend keeping the chest cavity as dry as possible, use several towels to wipe it often. Remove any visible hair, sticks and leaves. Now you have a properly cleaned deer that is ready for hanging. We recommend hanging the deer from the rear legs as high as necessary to avoid touching the ground. It is the easiest position for skinning a deer properly. We remove the hide with a Skinning Knife and cut off the head and front legs with a bone saw. (Many hunters need to begin the aging of their deer outdoors with the hide on,

this is acceptable but be careful of insects, animals, dirt, sticks, leaves, temperature and handling).

It is time to begin the aging of your venison carcass. At 40 degrees F. we find that the meat tastes the best after 5-7 days of aging. This aging time will vary on the size of the deer, temperature and individual preferences. We hang our deer in a walk in cooler with a concrete floor. After several days the enzymes break down the venison muscle tissues and you end up with tender meat. After proper aging the venison is ready for butchering.

We like to break ours down to the Rounds, Tenderloins, Loins, Ribs, Stew Meat and Ground Meat for Sausage and Burger. We use a German Flexible Boning Knife, Skinning Knife, Butchering Knife, Sharpening Steel, Stainless Steel Bone Saw and Meat Grinder. With practice and the right tools, you can achieve these cuts and butcher easily and consistently.(see the Sportsmans Corner section). We put small pieces of meat in stainless steel mixing bowls and cover them, place in refrigerator until ready to grind. Our Electric Meat Grinders will save you time!


German steel Butcher Knife

Product # CDMUND5520-140-BIG-BUTCHERS-KNIFE-14IN
Retail $49.00 and up
Sale Price $25.95

This is our Big Butchers Knife! The 14 inch long wide blade is crafted from high quality German alloy steel. Lifetime Warranty.
Chef Notes: A sweet knife for the price, the stamped blade in thick and strong at top and tapered thin. This is a great knife for quartering our large pieces of beef, elk, moose, bear or anything big. Nonslip comfortable knife. Also works for clearing brush and saplings. Our Chefs have used most every knife made - we conclude these are very high quality and comfortable to use. Click Here for more pro Chefs Butchering Knives

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Multi Stone

Product # CDMUNDMULTISTONEZH11011IN
Retail $239.95 and up
On Sale $134.99

This is our Mundial Multi Tri Stone sharpening system. Each stone is 11 inches long and has a rotating set of three stones. Video below. The stones lock in place and have an oil bath underneath. This is the best way to sharpen your fine cutlery. Electric grinders remove a lot of metal, a stone does not. With a dull knife, we start with the rough stone, then the medium and then the fine stone. We finish our cutlery with a diamond sharpening steel. It can be used with oil or water (water requires air drying after each use).
"You get what you pay for!" This multi stone will last for a lifetime of use with proper care!

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Review shows you how to get your knife even sharper using the tri stone. Click Here for handmade Japanese Chef Knives! Some of the items used in the kitchen are New Razor Sharp Chef Knives! Notice, the knife is very sharp and cuts very easily. A sharp knife is required by every Chef and Gourmet cook. These cuts will take you practice to master. Chef is using one of his NSF Maple Cutting Boards!


John Boos Maple Cutting Board

Product # CD24x18BOOSBOARD-AUJUS2
List Price $169.00 and up
On Sale $129.95

This is the reversible Au Jus Solid Maple Cutting Board!
John Boos custom makes these cutting boards for us from first quality Solid Rock Maple, 24 inches by 18 inches and over 1 1/2 inches thick. This reversible board is NSF certified and will not dull your knife! With proper care, this Maple board can last for life! Oiling it with Mystery Oil or Board Cream will keep it looking new. This board is the ideal size for most counter tops. Did you know that maple cutting boards naturally kill bacteria?
Chefs Note: A great board for butchering, then flip it over and carve a large turkey, roast beef or prime rib. Also an excellent choice for a gourmet BBQ. This is the cutting board of choice for all the Chefs here at Chef Depot,
Receive our exclusive John Boos Mystery Oil for Free with any John Boos Cuttingboard purchase (see free offer below).
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Our Rock Maple Logo Cuttingboards are On Sale!

Pro Butcher Saws

This is a professional Butchers meat saw. It is 21 inch long overall with a 16 in. blade (length of blade). These saws will quickly and easily cut through meat and bone. Each saw is made of hardened stainless steel with a razor sharp high carbon stainless steel blade and heavy duty riveted handle!
Chefs Note: With proper care these saws will last forever! This is the best meat/bone saw available today. We have used our saw for over 15 years with the same blade, but we keep a spare blade handy. Replacement blades are also available for $10.00 each, only with a saw purchase, please call us.

16 in. Bone Saw, On Sale $49.95

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Solid Stainless Steel Gloves have many uses

Multi Stone

Product # CDMUNDMULTISTONEZH0808IN
Retail $199.99 and up
On Sale $89.99

This our Mundial Multi Tri Stone sharpening system. Each stone is 8 inches long and has a rotating set of three stones. The stones lock in place and have an oil bath underneath. This is one of the best ways to sharpen your fine cutlery. Electric grinders remove a lot of metal, a stone does not. With a dull knife, we start with the rough stone, then the medium and then the fine stone. We finish our cutlery with a diamond sharpening steel. It can be used with oil or water (water requires air drying after each use).
"You get what you pay for!" This multi stone will last for a lifetime of use with proper care!

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Stainless Steel Scale

Product # CD-550LB-HANGING-DIAL-SCALE-HD
Retail $129.50 and up
On Sale $88.95

These are our new rugged Sportsmans scales. They are perfect for deer, elk, moose, bear big fish, and other big game. Includes 2 industrial-grade hooks and an easy to read dial. Compatible with a gambrel and or a hoist. Perfect for hunters, butchers and anglers.

Sportsmans scale

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These knives are used in Restaurants & Hotels across the USA!

6 in. German kullenschliff Butcher Knife

Product # CD5040-6K-MESSER-GRANTON-BONING-KNIFE-6IN
Retail $36.00 and up
Sale Price $26.95

This is the new 6 inch Messermeister Kullenschliff Boning Knife!
The stiff granton edge knife is crafted from high quality German alloy steel in Solingen Germany. Lifetime Warranty.
Chef Notes: This is a great knife for boning out venison, lamb, veal, beef and chicken! A sweet knife for the price, the stamped blade in nice and thin. Our Chefs have used every German knife made, we conclude these are very high quality and comfortable to use. More are on Page 2 below.

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Oval Diamond Sharpening Steel

Product # CDOVALDMNDSTEEL10
Retail $39.95 and up
On Sale $26.95

This is a diamond oval sharpening steel that is the choice of more butchers! It has a 10 in. or 12 inch long oval steel that allows for quickly returning the edge to any knife blade. This diamond steel will quickly produce an edge on any good knife with six to ten strokes.
Chefs Note: The sanitary black plastic handle is non slip. The metal ring is nice for hanging nearby the knife block.
Made to last for years of daily use.

12 in. Diamond Sharpening Steel

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Butchers and Chefs prefer our Butcher Blocks over any others!


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Once again, testing out our stainless steel gloves. Click Here for the featured handmade Chef Knife!
Chef is using one of his John Boos Maple Cutting Boards! NSF certified.
Master Chefs love our Knives! You can too!

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Meat cutting Machine

Product # CDUMC-4000-MEAT-CUTTER
List Price $1719.95 and up
Sale Price $1174.95

Easily slice up meat faster and save labor! Perfect for cutting various meats like pork, beef and mutton. Commercial table style meat cutting machine. Commercial grade stainless steel. Comes with your choice 4mm , 6 mm , 8mm , 10 mm , or 25 mm cutting blades, call us for details. Another exclusive item, best price guarantee. Suitable for busy restaurant, food truck, catering, cafeterias, etc. Simple to operate. This unit comes with a NEMA 5-15P plug. Ships free freight to most locations. Easy to clean. This machine allows you to make fajitas, stir fry, stews and jerky faster, use the the oven, dehydrator or smoker (marinated is best). Our Marinated Jerky is pictured here! Nothing better on a hunting or camping trip! Free Game Recipes and Marinates are here!
Ship Wt. aprox. 25 lbs. Detail operating instructions and diagrams included.
Our Tenderizers & Cubers & Jerky Slicers are all new, factory sealed units! Free Shipping in Cont. USA!

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Butcher Blocks will make your processing easier! On sale, click here!
Quality Flexible & Stiff Blade Butcher knivers are on sale! Click Here!

Bees Wax & Mineral Oil
Product # CDEMMETS-ELIXIR-OIL
List Price $16.95 and up
Sale Price $13.95

Emmet's Elixir is the perfect compliment to your wood cutting boards and blocks. It is a century old combination of food grade mineral oil and natural beeswax. It is completely food safe. This easy to use cream provides wood with soft protective luster which adds life to your butcher block cutting boards. 100% natural, Made from mineral oil and bees wax. 16 oz. It's like body lotion for your cuttingboards! We recommend oiling your tops & blocks every 4 weeks or more, depending on your climate. This food safe oil finish keeps the wet out of the wood.
Chefs Note: Helps keep the blocks and cutting boards looking new. Repels moisture and humidity and keeps them harder. We use it all the time! Order a case and get a really cool Chefs apron for free!

1 Emmet's Elixir

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2 Emmet's Elixir $26.95
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Case of 6 Emmet's Elixir (bonus - Free Apron) $149.95
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FAQ: Cutting Board Care & Maintenance
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Ceramic Scraper

Product # CDCP12BKKYOCERASCRAPER
Retail $24.00 and up
Sale Price $17.95

This is the new Kyocera Ceramic Scraper, it holds an edge without sharpening! It's very comfortable and easy to use.
The ultra sharp ceramic blade scrapes with precision and accuracy every time maintaining a razor-sharp edge for many years!
These tools are made of an advanced, high-tech ceramic, second in hardness only to diamond,
it was originally developed for industrial applications where metal components failed. Almost as hard as diamonds.
Chef Notes: This scraper will clean your workbench, butcher block, cutting boards and even remove paint from your walls!

Ceramic Scraper

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John Boos & Co. Cutting BoardsJohn Boos Aztec Cutting BoardOver Sink Aztec Cutting BoardsOver Sink Aztec Cutting Boards

Product # CDMN2418150-SM-PYRAMID-BOARD
List Price $219.00 and up
On Sale $180.95

Our new John Boos Hard Rock Maple Pyramid Edge Grain Constructed Butcher Block cutting board measures 24 in. x 18 in. x 1 1/2 in. Boos Block features a Finished Juice Groove and Hand Grips to make it easy to move or flip over. The other size is perfectly flat. Pyramid Design Stabilizes Beef & Poultry or anyting you are carving. American Black Walnut version is the same size and style. The Aztec board on the right measures 24 in. x18 in. x 2 1/4 in., Hard Rock Maple and features a removable stainless steel prep pan. Oiling it with Mystery Oil or Boos Board Cream, will keep it looking new (below). Did you know that maple cutting boards naturally kill bacteria?

Pyramid Cutting Board, Maple - plus free bonus wood treatment

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Pyramid Cutting Board, Walnut $348.95 - plus free bonus wood treatment
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Aztec Cutting Board, Maple, ss drip pan $277.95 - plus free bonus wood treatment
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Add 3 pack of Boos Board Cream (3 pc. 5 oz. tubes)
Sale Price $29.95
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Add 12 pack of Boos Board Cream (12 pc. 5 oz. tubes)
Sale Price $109.95
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New Kitchen Center Islands! Custom sizes are available!

3 in. Ceramic Paring Knife

Product # CDFK25BUWHKYOCERA-BLUE
Retail $40.00 and up
Temporary Sale Price Reduction $18.95

The new "Try Me out Ceramic Paring Knife" Blue handle and 3 in. blade, it holds an edge without sharpening. This is a great ceramic knife, it's very comfortable and easy to use. The ultra sharp ceramic blade cuts with precision and accuracy every time maintaining a razor-sharp edge for many years. These knives are made of an advanced, high-tech ceramic, second in hardness only to diamond, it was originally developed for industrial applications where metal components failed.
Chef Notes: The Blue color is like the ocean, very comfortable and easy to find in the block or drawer! This knife is a great choice for Chefs and Gourmet Cooks! Ceramics are perfect for slicing, dicing, chopping and peeling; garlic, carrots, onions, celery, pears, apples, oranges & fruits.
More Colors Are Here!

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More Cool Colors are here!!!

7 in. serrated Bread  KnifeBaguette French Bread
Free Bonus Cutting Board Sale

Product # CDFK181WH-BK-KYOCERA-BREAD-KNIFE
Retail $99.95 and up

Sale Price $79.95
Temporary Sale Price $69.95

This is the new 7 in. Kyocera Revolution Ceramic Bread Knife, it holds an edge without sharpening. The Revolution series feature a ergo black handle and a perfect balance. This is a great ceramic bread knife, it's very comfortable and easy to use. The weight is about half of steel knives making it comfortable for extended use. The ultra sharp ceramic blade cuts with precision and accuracy every time maintaining a razor-sharp edge for many years. These knives are made of an advanced, high-tech ceramic, second in hardness only to diamond, it was originally developed for industrial applications where metal components failed.
Chef Notes: These knives are a great choice for Chefs and Gourmet Cooks! Each one of our Revolution knives comes in a beautiful presentation box. We tested several brands of ceramic knives - Here's the results! Kyocera was the only knife sharp enough to meet our demands, the others were too dull or the blades were too thin and brittle. Kyocera scored very high in sharpness, quality, workmanship, material and warranty. Video below. Great choice for Chefs and Gourmet Cooks. Click here for more Kyocera !.

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Chef is testing the ceramic serrated knife. Notice, the knife is very sharp and cuts very easily. A sharp knife is required by every Chef and Gourmet cook. Chef is using one of his favorite NSF Maple Cutting Boards! Click Here for more Kyocera !

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Ceramic Diamond Electric Sharpener

Product # CD1902PLCERAMICSHARPENERWHITE
Retail Price $99.99 and up
On Sale $61.50

This is our new Diamond Ceramic electric knife sharpener. It has a very powerful motor that spins the ceramic and diamond sharpening stones to quickly produce a factory new edge on any steel knife. It is easy to use, fast, safe, sleek and compact. It weighs only 2 lbs, has large rubber non slip feet and is very quiet. UL Approved, Meets NSF Standards, 120V, made in USA! 1 Year Warranty included. Chefs Note: When I first tested this sharpener, I used 6 very dull knives (several brands) and every knife was easily sharpened in less than 15 seconds. Each blade was razor sharp, capable of cutting paper into thin ribbons. This is an amazing sharpening machine!

White Electric Diamond Ceramic Sharpener

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Square Walnut End Grain Chopping Blocks

Product # CDJBWAL-CCB121203-12x12x3IN-WALNUT
Sale Price $315.95 with Free Shipping

The John Boos Walnut Chinese Chopping Block is made of select American Dark Walnut and features 3 in. thick end grain construction, made for a lifetime of chopping pleasure. Our square and rectangle Chinese chopping blocks come with a natural oil finish. Available in several sizes listed below.
Chefs Note: Walnut is a fine surface for cutting and chopping foods, it will not dull your knife and naturally kills bacteria! These blocks have many applications! Perfect for kitchen islands, next to the stove top or portable cart, cabin, camper or boat.

12 in. x 12 in. x 3 in. End Grain Walnut Block

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12 in. x 12 in. x 3 in. End Grain Walnut Block (with slotted knife holder, reversible)
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15 in. x 15 in. x 3 in. End Grain Walnut Block $353.95
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18 in. x 18 in. x 3 in. End Grain Walnut Block $400.95
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John Boos& Chef Depot - Walnut Block
Product # CDWAL-FB201501-FUSION-WALNUT
Sale Price $149.95 Free Shipping !


Our new "Walnut Fusion Server" measures 20 x 15 x 1 in. and features a rich warm look. Made from solid hand selected edge grain walnut. The board requires rubbing with Mystery Oil or Wood Cream, every few months to keep it looking new. Choose Walnut, Maple or Cherry below. Chefs Note: Ideal presentation for Sushi or Appetizers or Brunch on the Patio! Live Customer Service! Call for Quantity Discounts! We can ship your new "Walnut Fusion Server" in aprox. 1 to 2 weeks!

Walnut Fusion Server

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Cherry Fusion Server $98.95
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Square Walnut Cheese Board

Product # CDJBWAL-9SS-9x9x1.5IN-WALNUT
Sale Price $109.95 ~ Free Shipping & Great Customer Service!

The John Boos Square Walnut Cheese Board is made of select American Dark Walnut and features practical Stainless Steel Feet. It was made for a lifetime of slicing and serving pleasure. These beauties come with a natural oil finish. Available in several sizes listed below. Chefs Note: Walnut is a fine surface for cutting and chopping foods, it will not dull your knife and naturally kills bacteria! These blocks have many applications! Perfect for kitchen islands, next to the stove top or portable cart, cabin, camper or boat.

9 in. x 9 in. x 1.5 in. Walnut Board with Stainless Steel Feet

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John Boos Maple Cutting Board

Product # CDPM18180225-P-NEWTON-PREP-MASTER
Promo Sale $176.95 Plus ***Bonus 16 oz. Wood Treatment***

The new Newton Prep Master Cutting board is perfect for the backyard BBQ or carving a small turkey or roasted pork tenderloin. It features a removable drip tray that can also be used to catch small food, like chopped garlic. The other side is flat! This is the cutting board of choice for all the Chefs here at Chef Depot and many other famous Chefs! John Boos custom makes these exclusive cutting boards for us from first quality Solid Rock Maple, 18 in. by 18 in. x 2 1/4 in. thick and a few other sizes linked below. This reversible board is NSF certified and will not dull your knife! With proper care, this Maple board can last for life! Oiling it with mystery oil, will keep it looking new (available below). This board is the perfect size for smaller counter tops. Did you know that maple cutting boards naturally kill bacteria? More sizes are here!

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4.5 in. Ceramic Utility Knife + Peeler Set

Product # CDFK110WH+CP09RD-KYOCERA-2PCSET-RED
Retail $69.95 and up
Temporary Sale Price Reduction $27.95

This is the new red handles 4.5 in. Kyocera Revolution Ceramic Utility Knife & Ceramic Peeler Gift Set. These hold an edge for years, without sharpening. The Revolution series feature an extra hefty black handle and a perfect balance. This is a great ceramic knife, it's very comfortable and easy to use. The weight is about half of steel knives making it comfortable for extended use. The ultra sharp ceramic blade cuts with precision and accuracy every time maintaining a razor-sharp edge for many years. These knives are made of an advanced, high-tech ceramic, second in hardness only to diamond, it was originally developed for industrial applications where metal components failed.
Chef Notes: What a great gift idea! Limited time offer, then they are gone!
Each one of our Revolution knives comes in a beautiful presentation box.
We tested several brands of ceramic knives - Here's the results!
Kyocera was the only knife sharp enough to meet our demands, the others were too dull or the blades were too thin and brittle. Only Kyocera scored very high in sharpness, quality, workmanship, material and warranty. These knives are a great choice for Chefs and Gourmet Cooks! Ceramics are perfect for slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing meats, garlic, carrots, onions, celery, fruits and more

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Wood Dough Scraper with riveted Handle

Product # CDDGHS6DOUGHBENCHSCRAPER
Retail Price $12.00 and up
Clearance Sale $6.75

Our Wood Dough Bench Scraper is perfect for working with pastry, bread and pizza doughs! Every baker needs a good scraper! This scraper features a 6 in x 3 in. stainless steel blade and a riveted solid wood handle for years of performance!
Chefs Note: I like to use mine for cutting portions of pizza dough and scraping down the flour on my butcher block. Also a great tool for scraping clean your hardwood cuttingboards!

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Poly Cutting Board
Product # CD18x12x1/2WHITEPOLYBOARD
List Price $21.99 and up
On Sale $12.75

This 18 in. x 12 in. x 1/2 in. thick Poly Cutting Board weighs over 4 lbs!
This is the cutting board of choice for all the Chefs here at Chef Depot and many other famous Chefs!
It is used by Emeril and other Chefs on TV and in professional kitchens across the USA!
These Poly Cutting Boards are restaurant quality and can last for years (if used every day).
We use these boards for meats, poultry and fish, they reduce odor transfer. Dishwasher safe. Many sizes are available. We have low prices on all our high quality cutting boards!

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