We’re past the days when cutting boards were plain and simple; for a stylish accompaniment to your kitchen look no further than this unique cutting board guide.
This unique cutting board guide will cover every decision making aspect of buying a board. Unless you’re prepared to ruin your beautiful countertops, a good chopping board is an essential part of any kitchen. And the kind of board that we choose is an expression of our own personal style and taste.
Now, we have so many choices available for creating a modern flair in our kitchen spaces. And if aesthetics are a prominent aspect of your decision making, you’ll want a beautiful board which can move seamlessly from the kitchen food prep space to your table decor.
So, Which Material Should I Choose For My Unique Cutting Board?
Plastic and glass are popular choices for chopping boards. A glass cutting board is a fairly robust choice which is easy to clean, won’t be stained by food, and can go in the dishwasher. However, your knives won’t thank you for choosing a glass best cutting board wood. With it being such a hard surface, glass will blunt your knives over time. In turn, a blunt knife causes more cuts on your chopping surfaces because you have to press down harder. It isn’t food which causes knives to lose their edge, it’s the cutting surfaces. The harder the surface, the faster your knife edges will dull.
Whilst plastic cutting boards are often the most cost effective option, they generally don’t compare to the look and feel of a solid wooden board. The benefits of plastic boards is that they are lightweight and impervious, being able to go in the dishwasher with no fear of damage occurring. However, they can be rough on knives and do not have the same self-healing and antibacterial properties as wooden boards.
I am not a fan of plastic chopping boards, therefore they will not be featured in this ultimate cutting board guide.
Another issue with using a plastic board is that…you’re using plastic.
We have never been more aware of the damage that plastic does to our environment. As a society, we are all more conscious about the material choices that we make now. In 2016, The Guardian noted that our use of plastic bags in supermarkets plunged by an incredible 85% in the first six months of the introduction of the 5p charge.
When a wooden board becomes worn after years of use it can be recycled to create something new. However, plastic is biologically indestructible. If we decide to get a new chopping board, the old plastic one will sit in a landfill for hundreds of years, never decomposing.
Whilst plastic boards are typically easier to store in a kitchen space, being thinner and lighter than most wooden boards, they don’t tend to last as long as a wooden board. Plastic chopping boards will dull knives quicker, and gouges and cuts will show more visibly than wooden boards.
The Magic of Wood
I am a big fan of wooden boards because of their rustic beauty. Wood is timelessly classic, adding a handsome touch to any interior. A beautiful and unique cutting board can be the centre piece of any kitchen counter. Continue with my unique cutting board guide to see my wooden board creations.
Wooden boards have been proven to be more hygienic to use than plastic. Wooden boards have properties which allow them to fight bacteria and self heal.
Wait, what? Wood can self heal?! The Power of Nature, Hey!
Yes! Cuts made from knives on wooden boards are less visible, and over time they will close up and repair. Another benefit of using wood over plastic is having the ability to sand away any scratches which have developed from daily use, giving you a fresh and new-looking board.
So Can I Put My Wooden Board In The Dishwasher?!
Sorry, but no.
A negative factor to using a wooden board is cleaning them. Wood cutting boards cannot be put in a dishwasher, or left to stand in water. This means that wooden boards need to be hand washed, and in our technology driven society where so many of us rely on dishwashers, this can be a bit of a nightmare.
Many people prefer to use plastic boards because they are seemingly safer to use. They are easy to clean, so therefore they should harbour less bacteria. Right?
Wooden Boards Are More Hygienic Than Plastic.
Over the years, several University studies have shown that wooden boards are actually more hygienic to use than plastic boards.
In the mid nineties, Dean O. Cliver, Ph.D conducted a study to compare the disinfecting of plastic and wooden cutting boards. This study in particular states that plastic surfaces which are knife scarred are impossible to clean and disinfect manually. Whereas bacteria on wood did not remain on the boards once cleaned. Any bacteria found inside the wood did not multiply, and gradually died. In this study, more bacteria was found on plastic surfaces than wooden.
This is because hardwood has natural antibiotic properties which kill bacteria. They have antimicrobial compounds which kill microorganisms and stop their growth. The power of nature, hey?!
I will discuss several kinds of wood in this unique cutting board guide, each one having it’s own unique benefits.
Bamboo wood is considered the sustainable choice for a chopping board material. Technically being a hard grass, and not a tree, bamboo is a fast-growing and renewable source. A normal bamboo shoot will fully mature within 3-6 years, whereas your typical maple tree can take over 25 years to mature. Due to it’s speedy harvesting rate and affordability, bamboo is one of the most popular choices in this unique cutting board guide.
Bamboo boards take minimal maintenance to keep them looking good. It is a dense wood which is not easily cracked, scarred or stained. The hard wood density means that bamboo resists retaining water, therefore it will not crack or warp as easily as other wood options. That being said, I still strongly recommend you follow my care instructions listed below, and you do not leave your bamboo board to soak in water.
Mango wood is beautifully unique because of the kaleidoscope range of colours and patterns in it’s grain. The mango tree is initially grown for fruit, but it tends to be cut down after several years when it no longer produces good quality harvest, making it a byproduct of the food industry. By using the wood from the old trees to create cutting boards, this allows for new mango trees to be planted. In turn, this proves mango wood to be a good and sustainable choice for a chopping board material.