What are the Different Types of Chopping Boards?

Also known as a cutting board, chopping boards are strong boards that you use to chop food on. In the kitchen, these boards are often made of wood or plastic. They come in a variety of different sizes and widths. Primarily, you want to ensure that your chopping board is big enough to hold what you want to cut, not too hard to damage your knife, but also strong enough not to let the knife cut through.  When you use a rough knife like a serrated knife, it can cut and damage the surface more easily.

What to Consider When Getting a Chopping Board

  • How hard is it? The harder the surface, the more your knife will be dulled over time.
  • Is it easy to clean? Decide if you want to be able to put it in the dishwasher
  • Is it easy to maintain? Or do you need to condition it periodically?
  • How durable is it? Will you need to replace it often?
  • How big is it? What space do you have to store it?

Plastic

Although plastic is durable, it is not the best choice for a cutting board. This is because it will not last as long as natural materials. Overall, plastic cutting boards are handy because they go in the dishwasher, but not something that you purchase as a high-quality addition to your kitchen.

Bamboo

Bamboo cutting boards are typically affordable and are very sustainable. They are also lightweight and should last for a while. Similar to wood, bamboo cutting boards come in many different shapes and sizes. It is good to note that bamboo is harder than wood, so bamboo boards will dull your knife faster than wooden ones. Despite this, they are a great budget choice and they look beautiful. If you choose a bamboo cutting board, be sure not to put it in the dishwasher. You will also need to condition it with board oil every so often.

Acacia Wood

When it comes to an Acacia Wood Chopping Board you cannot go wrong. These are some of the sturdiest and best options out of all chopping boards. If you take care of an acacia wood board, it will last for a very long time. These boards are also safe to use with knives without the fear of them going dull. You can find them in all price ranges, from $20 to over $200.

Another great plus of wood is that they have small pores. This helps them to block from penetrating the surface of the board. This also makes it harder for bacteria to create small spaces for bacteria to sit. Wood also naturally has antimicrobial compounds, such as tannins.

It is good to note that you should never put a wood cutting board in the dishwasher. This is because the hot water and detergent will ruin it. You will find your board split and it will be warped. Avoid this at all costs.

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