* Not all cutting boards are created equal
* Wooden cutting boards are naturally anti-microbial
* Plastic boards are generally lightweight and dishwasher safe
You might be thinking that any cutting board will get the job done in the kitchen. But the reality is there are a few factors to consider when picking out a cutting board, and we’ve gone ahead and compiled for you.
The first thing to consider is the material of the cutting board. Plastic is fine for most jobs and the fact that you can throw it into a dishwasher to disinfect it is quite convenient. But those little nicks and even larger dings aren’t as easy to clean, and can store bacteria. On the other hand, they’re easy to move, store and significantly lighter than wooden cutting boards.
Wooden cutting boards on the other hand are easy on your blades, anti-microbial by nature, and are often less porous than other materials. In other words, hardwoods like maple and teak won’t trap moisture or bacteria. Bamboo boards share all these properties too but because they tend to be a bit harder, they can dull blades quicker.
If you opt for a wooden board, you will want to prep it with a coating or two of mineral oil. You’ll also want to go with a bigger board in most cases. Here are 7 solid options.
1. OXO Good Grips Prep Cutting Board
OXO’s double-sided, non-slip, polypropylene prep board measures 7.25” x 10.5” and claims to be non-porous and odor-resistant. It’s great for preparing drinks or chopping up some garnish.
2. Cooler Kitchen EZ-Grip Cutting Boards
Each of these 1mm plastic boards measure 12″ x 15″ and are color-coded to help you avoid cross-contamination when preparing food. They’re dishwasher safe and are designed with a non-slip surface.
3. Gorilla Grip Reversible Cutting Boards
Gorilla Grip claims that its boards will never dull your knives and each of the three boards come with a tiny moat to keep liquids from spilling onto your counter tops.
4. Neoflam 17″ Non-slip Cutting Board
Who says a cutting board can’t be stylish too? Neoflam’s 17″ x 12″ polypropylene board checks all the boxes for style and function. It’s also made with Microban, which keeps bacteria and other icky stuff from spreading and growing.
5. Epicurean Kitchen Series Cutting Board
Not only is Epicurean’s 14.5″ x 11.25″ board made from natural wood fibers that have been harvested from “managed” forests, but it’s also dishwasher safe and heat-resistant up to 350°F (176°C).
6. Greener Chef Extra Large Organic Bamboo Cutting Board
Greener Chef’s board measures 18″ x 12.5″ and is made from sustainably harvested organic bamboo.[caption id="attachment_107307" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
7. NaturalDesign Maple & Oak Cutting Board
This maple and oak cutting board is great for preparing large meal. It’s sturdy and oversized design is a great fit for those with larger kitchens.