When it comes time to buying a cutting board, I don’t believe many people give it much thought. They simply go out and pick one off the shelf. Well, that is one way of doing it, but there are some things about cutting boards you may want to keep in mind the next time you need one.
Buying A Plastic Cutting Board
Buying a cutting board made of plastic is the least expensive option. For less than $10 you can buy one at any Wal-Mart. It is an excellent value for the budget conscious consumer. While certainly not the most beautiful to look at, you can find plastic cutting boards in a wide array of sizes, shapes and colors. This can help you in keeping with your kitchen’s color scheme.
One advantage in using a plastic cutting board is that it’s non-porous, meaning it will not absorb any liquid or juices from foods and vegetables. They are easy to keep clean and are dishwasher safe.
You can also find a cutting mat at any retail store selling kitchen items. Cutting mats are thin and easy to roll up and store in a kitchen drawer. They are great for folks who camp or spend time in an RV. They also are good on picnics.
Buying A Wood Cutting Board
Wood cutting boards are the most common of all types of cutting boards, as well as the oldest. The wooden cutting board has literally been around for a few thousand years.
The number one issue with a wood board is keeping it clean. The problem is with the wood surface being porous. Juices can soak into the wood, causing a potential bacteria problem.
Keeping a wooden cutting board, but with a little extra care, it’s not difficult. Use hot water and soap, and then be sure to simply let the board air dry. I know people who will even use bleach every once in a while to keep their cutting board clean.
The biggest draw for a wooden cutting board is it attractiveness. You can find custom designed wooden boards made from all types of wood, in all types of designs and price ranges. People will sometimes simply hang them up and add that special “feel” to their kitchens.
Another huge plus for a wood cutting board is that it won’t dull your knives out like your other cutting board options. Wood is much more forgiving than plastic or glass. That’s important to keep in mind.
Buying A Glass Cutting Board
The final style of cutting boards is glass. A glass cutting board is the easiest to clean and care for of course. Toss it in the dishwasher and forget about it. Glass is also the most durable cutting board material as it simply will never wear out like wood and plastic. It also has multiple uses as it can be used to sit a hot pot or skillet on.
The drawbacks to using glass include the fact that it’s brutal on your knives. It will dull knives quickly with heavy usage.
You can find very attractive glass cutting boards with all sorts of designs and patterns.
Before buying your next cutting board you may want to try out the different styles and discover which one suits your needs. A good cutting board will make preparing your next meal a little easier.