For people who do a lot of work in the kitchen, having a good cutting board really goes a long way towards improving the cooking process. Now, there are many types of cutting boards out there with some of the more common ones including:
A couple of other options include PVA and HDPE.
But why are there so many types of materials used in cutting boards? Surely a cutting board is a cutting board and there is no need for such a variety of choices?
You could definitely say that this is one of those kitchen materials that doesn’t need any sort of fanciness. However, there are many different reasons why people might choose one type of cutting board over another. Such reasons may be due to aesthetics, price, availability, and ease of clean-up. Once get right down to it, there is more to choosing just any old cutting board that you can get your hands on because some are just simply better than others. One type, in particular, stands heads and shoulders above the rest and that is the wood cutting board.
What is the Best Cutting Board Material Out There?
There is no hard and fast rule as to what type of cutting board you should be using, after all, any cutting board is better than no cutting board at all. Still, if you are looking to elevate the cooking experience and invest in something that looks awesome and has loads of benefits then you will want to look at wood cutting boards. These are the best and you can forget the rest.
It may seem that something so rustic as wood would come in last when compared to such modern wonders as plastic, glass, or even HDPE cutting boards. Also, something like wood might seem a bit out of place on most modern kitchens with all their sleek chrome and glass fittings. Yet the fact remains that wood is still the very best option and we will tell you why below.
- No slipping and sliding – most kitchens have sleek, shiny surfaces. Much is the same for your kitchen utensils with their smooth metallic surfaces. But wood, with its porous, grainy texture is the exact opposite and that is what you want. The texture on your wood cutting board will prevent it from slipping and sliding around when you are busy chopping and dicing with sharp knives. A slippery plastic or glass cutting board can easily lead to disaster in this scenario.
- Better for knives – speaking of slicing and dicing with sharp knives, any cook worth his mettle will want a cutting board that doesn’t damage his knives. In this case, wood also takes the top spot because while it is tough, it has just enough give so as not to damage or blunt knives. A close second would be plastic cutting boards but perhaps steer clear of glass or stone ones if you love your knives.
- Durable – The kitchen gets hot and have you seen what happens to plastic and rubber when heat is applied to them? They melt. This is something wood doesn’t do. As for glass and stone boards, you drop them and they can shatter or chip your floors- wood won’t shatter. Wood might get some scorch marks but it takes a lot more work to damage a good-quality wood cutting board.
- Sanitary – Most people mistakenly think that plastic is more sanitary than wood because it is easy to clean. However, experts disagree and say that it often develops grooves that become a good place for bacteria to hide. Wood, on the other hand, is tougher to sanitize but is less likely to develop grooves that become a bacteria haven.
As you can see, there are many reasons why wood is the no. 1 option when it comes to cutting boards. It is actually even better than the crowd favorite plastic cutting boards. But when you factor in the grooves, toughness, durability aspects, you can see why wood wins this contest.
What Wood Cutting Board is Best?
This is where it gets even more interesting because while we have been extolling the virtues of wood cutting boards, there are some types of wood that perform better as a cutting board than others. Some common types of wood used for cutting boards include maple, teak, and walnut. Recently, one type of wood that is really drawing acclaim is Acacia. See the comparisons of acacia vs. teak wood.
There is nothing wrong with the traditional woods as mentioned above except maybe for their price. A quality edge grain cutting board in these traditional wood types can set you back a cool $100 while a traditional butcher block can go as high up as $300 – with these prices, no wonder people settle for plastic cutting boards!
It is because those same prices that had people looking to bamboo as an alternative “wood” cutting board if plastic just doesn’t make the cut. After all, when you look at how bacteria can multiply on a plastic cutting board, you will want to look at other choices too- especially a cost-effective one like bamboo.
However, bamboo is not a true wood– it is a type of grass which is why acacia wood is most desirable for a wider demographic. Acacia wood is a hardwood that contains natural oils which give it a water resistance that bamboo cannot. Sure, Bamboo is dense and this is what contributes to its water fastness but that same denseness also dulls knives faster. This is not a problem you will have with acacia wood cutting boards.
The bottom line is that acacia cutting boards are affordable, durable, and knife-friendly which already makes them look like the best options for a lot of people. You may be wondering then where you can get these boards or if they are even readily available to you- yes, they are. Acacia is a fast-growing tree and they are most often harvested young which means there is an abundant supply of acacia wood to be used for cutting boards and other end-products.