Guest Author - Launa Stout
What do you need to know when purchasing a cutting board?
When choosing and purchasing a cutting board it is in your best interest to buy the very best board that you can afford. If you take good care of it your children and then grandchildren will still be using it long after you are gone. You may not consider this as a fact to think about, but rest assured, a good, wooden cutting board becomes even more attractive as it ages.
When choosing your cutting board you will need to consider several things: the size, the shape and thickness, and the type.
When thinking about size consider how much counter space you have. Buy a board that fits your counter, they are heavy and you will probably want to leave it right where it sits. Buy something stylish and it will be a lovely addition to your kitchen. You may still want a small portable one for cutting garnishes or cheese.
Next question: what shape will work best for you and your kitchen? You can choose from round, square and rectangle… and you can also buy cutting boards that are several inches thick. Before you make this purchase make sure that the thickness doesn’t make it so high on your countertop and it is uncomfortable as you cut. Ergonomics are important.
End-Grain cutting boards vs. Flat-Grain cutting boards.
Which will you choose?
End-Grain cutting boards are actually the best; they are more durable and because of the visibility of the end-grains they look so nice on your countertop. They also have a harder surface and are the most tolerant for the chopping motion. They do not cause as much damage to the sharp blades of your knives as the blade goes between the wood fibers and so your knife blades edges will last longer and you won’t see the knife marks on the board.
The grain is aligned so that when the knife hits the cutting surface the wood grain separates and then closes then the knife is removed; in a self-healing manner. The wood is not cut; you are cutting between the fibers.
Flat-Grain cutting boards are also an excellent value for your kitchen. They make an excellent value chopping board, and goes well in any kitchen. Most cutting boards available today to purchase are of this type simply because they are much easier to manufacture.
When making a purchase such as this be sure to check around and find what you really want, and what will be best for your kitchen and cutting needs.