How to Choose and Use a Cutting Board

Large Wood Cutting Boards

Large Wood Cutting Boards

Choosing a cutting board is really very simple.  Just think of the 3 things:

  1. Why you are buying one
  2. What you want to use it for
  3. Ease of use

That’s it.  When you keep that focus into perspective, you just narrow down your choices.  Here are the different types of cutting boards that are out there:

  • Wood cutting boards – soft vs hardwood cutting boards.  Easy enough.  Hardwoods last longer.  Soft woods tend to be replaced sooner rather than later.  Style really comes to play when you see one.  But a wood cutting board is sturdy, lasts a long time with proper care and can be flexible meaning it can be used as a home decor, serving platter or simply just to cut on.  A little maintenance required.  Do not place it in the dishwasher to clean.  That can ruin your board.
  • Plastic cutting boards – ease of use.  Can be placed in the dishwasher.  Comes in different colors.  Functional, but I wouldn’t consider it flexible meaning I can’t imagine using it as a serving platter or a home decor.
  • Glass or granite cutting boards – gorgeous to look at.  Ease of use.  A bit heavy.  Can be placed in the dishwasher.  The caveat is that the tiny chards of glass or granite may go into your food.  Not good.

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