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Which Cutting Board is Best for You

By Edited Aug 13, 2016 0 0

Cutting boards can be purchased in a variety of places, for cheap or expensive, in stylish designs, and in a ton of different materials. However, knowing which one is the best one to meet your needs isn't something that cutting board manufactures print out on their labels. What are the pros on cons of each kind and which one should you take home?

The Wooden Cutting Board

Wooden cutting boards are nothing new. However, modern times have made it so that they are less desirable for some people because of the care that they need. They are still beautiful and desirable, but to keep them nice you really do have to take good care of them.

Pros:

  • Beauty
  • Durability
  • Resistant to Bacteria
  • Affordable
  • Good Lifespan

Cons:

  • Harder to Clean
  • Not Dishwasher Safe
  • Can Be Damaged
  • Must Be Maintained
  • Not Always High Quality

 

Wooden Cutting Boards
Credit: Amazon

The Bamboo Cutting Board

A bamboo cutting board is very similar to a wooden cutting board in the same way that bamboo is similar to wood. While bamboo is actually a type of grass, it has the properties of a hard wood. A bamboo cutting board has all of the advantages and disadvantages of a wooden cutting board with a few extra positives.

  • Sustainable Harvesting
  • Durability

One disadvantage of bamboo is that it is really hard, especially the end-cut bamboo. This can be harder on your knives than softer wood cutting boards such as maple. Often this boils down to a preference though. It will require you to take a little extra care with your knives.

There is also a debate about whether or not the glues and sealers used to hold the bamboo together is an environmental concern. Glues and sealers tend to be used on all cutting boards made of wood (or wood like) materials. However, bamboo pieces are often much smaller when glued together. This can make for some really awesome designs, but it also means more glue and more sealer to get the whole thing to stay together.  

Bamboo Cutting Boards
Credit: Amazon

The Plastic Cutting Board

Another popular choice is plastic. Plastic cutting boards come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and patterns. There is one for every need and because they are easy to clean, inexpensive, and readily available they are a growing choice. There are some debates as to whether or not they are good at keeping away germs. When the plastic cutting board is new you have nothing to worry about because general washing gets rid of the germs. But some studies suggest that as the board gets nicked and marred by the knives it allows germs to embed themselves into those grooves and then become impossible to get rid of. However, because the studies really aren't conclusive enough to know if plastic is better or worse than wood at keeping away the germs it may be one you want to consider.

Pros:

  • Easy to Clean
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy on Knives
  • Variety of Colors

 Cons:

  • Easily Damaged
  • Short Lifespan
  • Not Good For the Environment

 

Plastic Cutting Boards
Credit: Amazon

The Glass Cutting Board

Glass cutting boards can be really beautiful. You can still find them in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. They are growing in popularity, but before you jump on board and buy one you should consider the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Very Sanitary
  • Durable
  • Beautiful
  • Easy to Clean
  • Dishwasher Safe

Cons:

  • Damages Knives
  • Can be Chipped
  • Can Be Broken
  • Expensive

There is one other thing to consider. While glass is sanitary because it is really easy to clean it does have one huge disadvantage. Because it is so smooth and the juices have no where to go they spread. This can be really bad when you are dealing with raw meat because the bacteria will spread as well. The juices can easily end up on the counter, the floor, and spreading bacteria all over because the glass is so smooth.  

Glass Cutting Board
Credit: Amazon

The Composite Cutting Board

Composite cutting boards are made with pressure and heat to combine several layers of resin and paper or cardboard. The result is something that is easy to use, that also has some advantages and disadvantages.

Pros:

  • Easy on Knives
  • Easy to Wash
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Thin and Lightweight

Cons:

  • Not As Pretty
  • Not Environmentally Friendly
  • Smells Funny

 

Composite Cutting Board
Credit: Amazon

Once you know what you want your cutting board to be made of you should consider the other things that will help you in the kitchen. These things should always be considered before you hunt down the best cutting board for you that you can find.  

Cutting Board With Colander
Credit: Amazon

Size – You will want to figure out the size that will work for your kitchen. You should consider where you will store it and where you will use it. If you need to, take the time to measure the actual space. Having a large cutting board can make things a lot easier for many jobs, but a small cutting board can fit in more spaces and can be great for cutting cheese and other smaller projects. If you can only have one, get the largest one you can for the space you have.

Cost – You should also figure out how much you can spend. Having a budget in mind whenever you go to buy something can really help you make the most of your money.

Aesthetics – If the cutting board will be sitting out somewhere then you should make sure that it looks the way you want it too as well.

Extras – Finally, you should consider if you want any extras. Some come with a knife block attached so you can store your knives. Others come with a drawer for added storage. You can always check out Amazon to find some awesome extras included in cutting boards.

 

Cutting Board With Drawer
Credit: Amazon

Figuring out which cutting board for you can be a longer process than many think because if you really put a lot of thought into it you will be making sure you choose one that really meets your needs and tastes. However, it doesn't have to be real difficult! Just consider the pros and cons of each type of cutting board and then decide what size you want, how much you can afford, how pretty it needs to be, and if you want any extras included with your cutting board.  

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