How to Choose a Cutting Board

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There are many considerations to be made if you want to find the best cutting board.

How to Choose a Cutting Board

Easy to clean
The best cutting board should be very easy to clean, whether by hand or dishwasher. The surface should be smooth and won’t stain easily by some food like tomatoes.

Kind to knives
You don’t want your knives to be dulled by the cutting board after a few uses. However, usually cutting boards that are kind to knives scratches easily, and those that are scratch resistant are less kind to knives. A good compromise would be to get the more expensive end grain wood or bamboo cutting board.

Material and construction
End grain means that the cutting board is made with the wood or bamboo grains facing up. Imagine that you’re looking at a lumber of wood from the cut end. End grain cutting boards will not scratch easily because your knife edge will go between the grains when it comes into contact with the cutting board, and the grains will close up again naturally afterward. This is called self-healing.

End grain cutting boards are very popular among professional chefs but they are very expensive because they are more difficult to make.

There are several types of cutting boards, depending on the material. Click the link to read the differences of each material/type. Just remember that quality-wise, choose polypropylene over polyethylene for plastic, hardwood over softwood, and old bamboo over young bamboo.

Durable / Disposable
This one is a tough decision for some. Wood and bamboo are more durable than plastic, but they need regular oiling, handwash only, and are generally more expensive than plastic. In other words, you can either buy cheap plastic cutting boards and replace them once they’re done for, no maintenance needed, or buy expensive wood or bamboo cutting boards that will last for years and years with more care on your part.

Non-slip
The best cutting board should definitely sit firmly on the countertop when you’re using it. You don’t want to cut a finger!

Large cutting space
Always buy a bigger cutting board than you need for cutting, because you might find that you have to cook for more people for one night and that extra space for placing the cut food while you continue cutting is very much a convenience.

Attractiveness and storage
Some people like to hang up their cutting board on the kitchen wall, some like to keep it on the countertop, and some like it out of the sight once they finished using it. This might not sound important but think of the physical appearance, weight and size of the cutting board when buying a cutting board.

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