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Wood Cutting Board - Review

Looking to buy a wood cutting board? You're not alone. This is one of the most popular types of cutting boards and getting one that performs well in the kitchen means you'll have years of good use. Wood cutting boards are durable and you should buy one made from a hardwood like: Maple, Birch or Acacia. Hardwood boards won't dull your knives and they tend to offer a sanitary surface. The downside to wood is that it can be prone to scatching and knicks. It can also be prone to splitting so seasoning with a food safe mineral oil is important.


Cook's Illustrated "Recommended" Wood Cutting Board:

John Boos Chopping Block, 10.5 pounds, Maple

Priced from: $35.95


This end grain wood cutting board is made from Northern hard Rock Maple. Reviewers liked the way this board felt under the knife and found that after 750 cuts the knife remained sharp. Where this cutting board didn't receive perfect marks was for durability (one of the first boards they sampled split) and cleanup (the board needs to be hand washed and oiled to keep it clean and looking good). Learn more about John Boos.

Cook's Illustrated "Highly Recommended" Wood Cutting Board:

J.K. Adams Takes Two,
made from hard Rock Sugar Maple

Priced from: $22


The J.K. Adams Takes Two Board scored high in all catagories: durability, cutting, user-friendliness but didn't score as high in "clean-up" because the chipotle stain held onto the board. Despite that, reviewers felt that this is a good solid plank board that is lightweight and easy to use on a day to day basis. Regarding cutting, reviewers found the knife to feel cushioned during use. Also, the cutting board stayed pretty free of marks and the knife remained sharp after using the cutting board for 750 cuts.

Care and Seasoning Instructions

Maintenance needs include hand washing only with warm soapy water AND dry immediately following to prevent warping. You will also need to oil your board probably every 4 to 6 weeks to keep it from getting brittle and splitting, and the type of oil to buy is a food safe mineral oil. Besides that, if you buy a good quality board to begin with, you will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

Priced from: $9.28


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