A knife without a cutting board is like a car without a road. Cutting boards have been around for centuries and they can be found in just about every kitchen in this world. Sadly they are often overlooked and most people grab the first one they see in a supermarket.
Features of the best cutting board:
Not all cutting boards are equal. Here are some of the most important things you should take into consideration whenever you are buying a new one.
- It shouldn’t damage your knife blades. It’s true that boards made of glass look modern and they are easy to clean, but they are too hard and can damage your knife blades in no time. Stay away from them!
- It should be large. Unless you only want to use it to make sandwiches, your cutting board should be large enough for multiple tasks.
- It shouldn’t absorb bacteria. Some materials are more sensitive to bacteria than others, I’ll explain more about this in reviews down below.
Best cutting boards with reviews:
Should you buy plastic, bamboo, or a wood cutting board? That’s one of the biggest questions. Here are some of my recommendations form each category. All of them can be purchased online, so you can have them delivered in a matter of days.
Plastic: Stanton Trading cutting board:
Plastic cutting boards are usually made of polyethylene. They are durable and they don’t require much maintenance, if any. It’s safe to wash them either in a dishwasher or by hand. Polyethylene is harder than wood or bamboo, but still soft enough to prevent blades from becoming dull any time soon.
My top pick is the Stanton Trading 18″ by 30″ by 1/2″ board. It’s made of high-density polyethylene and it can be washed in a dishwasher.
It’s also complies with strict NSF standards, so it’s definitely a product that can be recommended by any standards. You can order it online and have it delivered with no extra charges.
Bamboo: Breville BOV800CB cutting board:
If you really care for environment and want to save some trees, you can try some bamboo cutting boards. In case you didn’t know, bamboo is technically a grass, not a wood. Bamboo is a little bit harder than wood, but still soft enough that is safe for knife blades. It absorbs very little moisture (less than ordinary wood), and it has more natural antibacterial properties.
My top pick is the Breville BOV800CB 18″ by 30″ by 1/2″ board. It’s probably the most advanced cutting board on my list, as advanced as a cutting board can be.
Recessed handles on the sides are very practical and make it easy to pick it up and carry it to the table for serving. There are also silicone feet at the bottom for granting stability.
Good to know:
Plastic and glass cutting boards don’t require much maintenance. Simply wash them in a dishwasher and they are good to go until the next meal. However, wood and bamboo boards do require some maintenance if you want them to stay durable and last long.
Wood and bamboo cutting boards are hard, but they can still absorb bacteria. Oiling them regularly creates a barrier against moisture and prevents them to splinter. I recommend you to watch the video below where everything is perfectly explained.
Do you already have your own favorite type of cutting board? Are you oiling it properly? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!