Cutting Boards - Wood, Bamboo and Other Chopping Surfaces!
Looking at the selection of cutting boards and wondering
which one to buy? Keep in mind, if you just bought yourself a nice set
of knives, you'll want a board that won't damage the blade. That said,
factors to consider in choosing a cutting board will include: Will it
dull your knives? Is it dishwasher safe? Is it durable? Other considerations
can include hygeine, size, weight, and aesthetics.
CUTTING BOARD REVIEWS:
Cook's Illustrated Magazine published their recommended selection
of cutting boards. Tests to determine the Best Boards For Your Buck included
these categories: (1) cutting, (2) durability, (3) clean up, and (4) user
Cook's Illustrated Magazine reviewers chose the following cutting boards as top picks. Find out which brands to buy and learn more about the following materials:
How to Clean?
Some cutting boards can be put in the dishwasher to clean, others cannot.
Those that typically are dishwaser safe include: Plastic, Composite and
Glass. Materials such as: Wood and Bamboo require hand washing with hot
and soapy water.
What is a Composite Cutting Board?
These boards are made with wood fiber that is then permeated with glue and molded under tremendous heat and pressure. A brand to consider is Epicurean. This brand receives good reviews at Amazon. Reviewers at Cook's Illustrated though tested one board and gave it "Recommended with Reservation" status.
Wood, Plastic or Glass
Plastic boards are a good choice for many as they are low maintenance.
These boards are dishwasher safe and surfaces generally don't interfere
with the knife's edge causing it to dull. Also, most Plastic cutting boards
are made in compliance with FDA standards and are super sanitary with
a non-porous, non-absorbent surface. However, aesthetically, plastic cutting
board surfaces can become unsightly due to the staining and scoring of
Other choices include metal, marble, glass and granite. However, these should be reserved for using as serving trays, cheese plates or decorative worktop savers only, as these materials will quickly dull and ruin good knives!