Wood cutting boards are durable, easy to clean and offer a safe way to prep your food. They also come in beautiful finishes—choose a cherry wood cutting board for a rich addition to your kitchen. Or go with a butcher block cutting board for a rustic look.
Benefits of Wooden Cutting Boards
Consider the following when making your selection:
• Food Safety. Despite the popular notion that plastic cutting boards are more sanitary than wood, studies have found that this isn’t the case. Just be sure to wash and dry your board after use with a mild soap and warm water. Once a month, wipe down your board with a food grade cutting board oil to prevent cracking and to keep your board looking its best. This will also help protect your board from developing grooves where bacteria can hide.
• Protecting Your Knives. To keep your knives sharp and straight, you should use a cutting board. Wood is gentle on knives and helps avoid dulling and bending your blades.
• Sustainability. Wood chopping blocks are sustainable. Wood is a renewable resource, unlike other cutting board materials like glass or plastic. Bamboo cutting boards are the greenest option, since bamboo grows much faster than trees and requires much less water and no pesticides.
• Style. Hardwood cutting boards add warmth and style as well as function to your kitchen. Choose a fun shape, like a pig or guitar, to bring personality to your food prep.
All foods can carry bacteria, so wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly, and scrub your cutting board with warm water and soap between uses. Use separate boards for prepping raw meats and produce. Choose a cutting board set, complete with small and large wood cutting boards, so that you can safely dice everything from herbs to big cuts of meat.
Like any kitchen tool, wood cutting blocks don’t last forever. If yours cracks or has deep grooves that are hard to clean, it’s time to replace it.