The most important kitchen tools to chef is kitchen knives, but it works well need a reliable partner – the cutting board. Most people are favor of wood cutting board which is soft to protect your kitchen knife but still hard enough for silky cuts.
Let's see what's the advantages of the wood cutting board:
- The wood cutting board is durable enough to last decades easily. If the surface shows some scratches, you can use fine-grit sandpaper to sand them away. Then dry it and oil it with food grade oil.
- Gentle on the knife blade. Wood is softer than plastic, so it won't damage your knife's blade tremendously.
- Aesthetically appealing. A wooden cutting board can match any style of kitchen and makes it looks elegant.
- Versatile. With a wood cutting board, you can cut slices, dices, chops, brunoise, juliennes, etc. Decorate your dishes pleasing.
- Effortlessly cleaned. Wash it with soapy hot water and rinse under running water.
- Naturally antibacterial. Though wood sucks residual food-borne bacteria via the capillary action of its fibers, it holds the bacteria inside until they die. Wood has natural antimicrobial qualities that can kill bacteria.
- An environmental-friendly choice.
- The wood cutting board is thick and sturdy for easy use.
Of course, the wood cutting board requires proper care to last for a long time. Except for cleaning, it needs frequent oiling with mineral oil or beeswax. When and how to oil the wood cutting board and how often to oil it? Check our article: Why you need food-grade mineral oil in your kitchen.
Types of wood cutting board
There is a wide range of hardwood that can be made on cutting boards. The popular wood materials for cutting boards are Beechwood, Maple, Teak, Acacia, Walnut, Cherry, and Oak.
A good cutting board is your trusty helper for serving a huge gathering dinner like Thanksgiving dinner.