Why End Grain Boards Are The Best Cutting Boards for Your Kitchen
It’s time for a new cutting board! Now, what?
If you’re trying to choose the right cutting board for your kitchen or as a gift for a loved one, you might have faced the choice overwhelm challenge.
There are many cutting boards to choose from and one size does not fit all needs!
That’s why I decided to write up a short review of the benefits of an end-grain cutting board hoping that it will help you make the right decision.
Before I give you the benefits, however, let’s answer the most important question.
What to watch for when choosing a cutting board for your kitchen
Again, the criteria are personal–everyone has different priorities, budget, desired features and kitchen size and style.
Nevertheless, there are a few important points that we all need to consider.
The strength of your cutting board is essential for sustainability. Nobody wants to keep buying a new cutting board every few months, right? Consider materials that are lasting and strong so that they will withstand prolonged use.
As you’re most probably going to use the cutting board to prepare food, it’s essential that the board is easy to clean. Additionally, you want to buy a board that doesn’t provide an environment for bacteria and microorganisms to develop on its surface.
Instead of buying three different cutting or serving boards (round, rectangle, square, etc.) it’s wiser to choose one board that can function well with all kinds of chopping, cutting and serving. This is especially important of you have a small kitchen. Alternatively, you might want to have a different board for different uses and this is something to consider when choosing your cutting board.
Your board can help you keep your knives sharp. It could also reduce their maintenance while prolonging their life. You want to look for a cutting board that has a hard surface but is still knife-friendly. Surfaces like glass, marble and granite, for example, are extremely hard and will harm your knives.
Every cutting board needs maintenance. Cleaning it after every use, disinfecting or caring for the material are all parts of the process. These processes will help it last longer and make for preparation safer and more pleasant. Before buying a cutting board, make sure you understand what will be required for its maintenance. If you want to learn more about end-grain cutting board maintenance, I have a whole post here.
Price is usually a factor in our decision making but it shouldn’t be the only one. You can choose a cheap, plastic cutting board which means you’ll need to replace it soon. When taking this decision, try to think long term if your budget allows it. As with everything we buy, cheap can mean more expensive in the long run. Keep in mind that price alone is also not an indicator of quality. Look for other clues and make a smart decision.
Nowadays cutting boards come in variety of sizes and shapes. When making your choice consider the size of your counters, kitchen and storage spaces. It’s also important to remember that while unusual shapes and sizes might look amazing, they don’t always deliver an improved chopping experience. On the contrary, a very fancy and unusual size or shape board can make it harder to cut and serve.
The look of your cutting board is important for two reasons.
Firstly, if you want it to double as a serving board, you can’t have it look less than fantastic at your dinner table and parties.
Secondly, the look and feel of your cutting board can tremendously improve your cooking experience and add something beautiful to it.
And now, after you know what matters when choosing a cutting board, let me introduce you to why end-grain cutting boards are superior to most other options.
Benefits of an end-grain cutting board
End-grain cutting boards are made of solid wood and are very strong. They are going to serve you a lifetime if used and cared for.
As you can see in the video below, they withstand the challenge against my pick up truck!
End-grain cutting boards are high-quality wood boards, where the grains of the wood are perpendicular to the cutting surface. In standard boards the grains are parallel.
The extensive daily use of the cutting surface causes a number of tiny cuts of the grains. When the face isn’t durable enough small particles of wood can get in the food. Ordinary boards appear “cut through” in the center as a result of the intensive use and their softer face.
Caring for your knives
The end grain cutting board’s wood surface is harder and long-lasting. Its firmness is nearly 1½ times higher compared to the side surface used in regular boards. Using them keeps the knives sharp for a longer time without the need or sharpening them often.
Maintenance and cleanliness
End-grain cutting boards score better than regular wood boards and plastic boards on the hygiene scale. Their absorbent feature and silicone feet do not allow water to stay on the wood surface. This prevents dangerous microorganisms from developing there and entering your food.
An end-grain cutting board is easy to rinse, clean and disinfect with everyday supplies you already have on hand. Here’s how.
End-grain cutting boards require regular waxing and oiling but that usually turns into a beautiful and anticipated ritual as you get to use and enjoy them.
End-grain cutting boards can be used for variety of foods, from vegetables to meat and chicken without any limitation.
Boaz boards are designed to be not only chopping buddies but beautiful additions to the aesthetics of any kitchen.
That’s why they all double as gorgeous serving boards and can be used in countless ways to make your food presentation more attractive.
As a conclusion, I am leaving you with a recent comment from a customer:
“I don’t know why I have waited so long to get an end-grain cutting board!”
End-grain cutting boards are solid and will last you forever if you care for them right. An end grain cutting board could be made in any size thus fitting the needs of both small and large kitchens.
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