Working in the kitchen should be fun and a smooth experience but that happens only when you have the right utensils and materials. From a sharp knife to a good sauce pan, we want everything to be perfect. This includes the right kind of cutting board as well. But how does one select the right kind? Scroll down for a better and detailed understanding and then invest in one.

Best Material For A Cutting Board

There are three things that you must keep in mind when selecting the material. 

  • Board material
  • Surface area
  • Thickness

These 3 factors determine the lasting time of your board, how sharp your knives will remain and whether it will develop stains or odours. 

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The materials available these days are plastic, wood and wood fiber. There are some brands that sell ceramic and glass as well but avoid in=vesting in those. Those destroy the knives and if they fall you are in trouble. 

The wood composites are great as they do not grow dull so soon and are good for th eknoves as well. Wooden are also fine but they should be soft. Do not buy those made of bamboo or teak  as they to have knife-damaging properties. 

Pros & Cons Of Wooden Boards

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  • You cannot expose them too much moisture.
  • Foods with strong pigments like beetroots leave stains difficult to wash and the odours can also stay for long. 
  • More expensive 
  • Look good when displayed. 

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Size Of A Cutting Board 

There are many size and shapes in cutting boards but rectangular ones are the most recommended.

  • Get a 12-by-18 inches board which is a standard size. In case you are looking for something bigger then get a 15-by-20 inches size or a 24-by-36 inches one.
  • In terms of thickness, a good and professional grade rubber or plastic board is thinner and lighter, and are ½- to 1-inch thick. 
  • Wooden ones are 1 ¼- to 2-inches thick. 

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How To Clean A Cutting Board

  • Wash your board using gentle soap and hot water. Dry them thoroughly with a clean dish towel. 
  • Keep the rubber or wooden cutting board away from a dishwasher.
  • Coat and buff your wooden board with beeswax and a pre mixed combo of oil every 2-4 weeks. This helps in preventing spilts in the board and prevent odours and stains. 
  • Store smaller wooden boards vertically to keep them dry.

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