Here’s an overview of cutting boards –those that I like, and don’t like, what works, what doesn’t.
1) First of all, if you have more than one person in the kitchen, then I recommend having at least two cutting boards.
2) And, if you have the storage space then having various size cutting boards will make things easier.
3) If you have the counter space I highly recommend getting a large cutting board. The added cutting surface will come in handy. Warning though — the bigger the board the heavier it’ll be, so if lifting is an issue for you then go with thin polyethylene boards, which are thinner and have less weight than a wood board. Another warning: the large boards are cumbersome to wash, unless you have an over-sized sink.
3) In the culinary program I attended they recommend having at least 2 boards –designating one cutting board for fish and meat, and the other for fruit and veggies. Many people have one board specifically for red meat, and another board for poultry. And I know of one person who has one designated for onions and garlic. Although, most boards will clean up and be odor free with the right washing, which I’ll write about another time.
4) I’m making changes as time marches on, and now know of sustainable cutting boards. Please go to this blog and read this post if you are looking for ways to reduce plastic consumption and buy sustainable goods. Here’s another one of her posts on avoiding anti-bacterial plastics.
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You’ll find some of these boards in my Amazon store. Click here see the boards in my store.
Most chefs use wood, bamboo or polyethylene.
My favorite cutting boards:
- I like bamboo wood boards, especially with a trough (moat), like this one from OXO.
- I also like rubber grippers, like this one that has non-slip silicone handles.
- This round cutting board designed for a corner is unique, great for small kitchens.
- Here’r three Paperstone cutting boards mentioned in the link I shared, above, on sustainable cutting boards: 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, 100 percent petroleum-free resin, and natural dye.
- Oooooh laaalaa…. a stainless steel stand for cutting boards. I put this on my wish list! (This will solve my issue of always looking for a way, a place, to air dry my boards.
- This looks like is a good value, an indexed set with a stand/storage case.
NOT SO GREAT cutting boards:
- I bought this one, thought it to be really cool, but it has never fit any sink very well.
- The multi-layers of pressed wood –the phenolic cutting boards– are beautiful, yet too hard for my liking, and the knife contacting with the board is noisy.
…. never liked cutting on tempered glass, either.
- This is a cool design, there are storage containers under the board, can see this being very handy for those who have limited counter space. Warning: This style will add a couple of inches to the board, so while this is great news for a tall person, it will not be wise for short people or if the counter height is already feeling too high for you.
- I don’t care for the scoop style, the slanted sides always get in the way of the knife.
- These folding versions deteriorate too quickly.