How many hours a day do you spend over a cutting board? Even if it’s only, say, 15 minutes, that time really adds up over the weeks. You deserve to spend it cozied up to a cutting board you feel good about—one that’s attractive, responds well as you chop, and is sized to match the task at hand.
For such a simple item, there are a lot of factors to consider when selecting a cutting board. A cutting board seems relatively benign, but improper use can make it one of the most bacteria-laden items in a kitchen.
Here’s how to choose a cutting board that makes sense for your budget and lifestyle, and how to keep it safe and sanitary.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Cutting Board
First of all, relax. You may have heard all kinds of claims about certain types of cutting boards being unsafe. Know that any cutting board material is safe as long as you adhere to the recommended food handling and sanitation practices (which we’ll get to, don’t worry).
Here are the factors to weigh when selecting a board.
- Is it knife-friendly? The harder the surface, the more it dulls your knife over time.
- Is it easy to clean? Can you put it in the dishwasher, if that’s important to you?
- Is it easy to maintain? Does it need periodic conditioning with board oil?
- What does it cost? How much will this set you back?
- How durable is it? How often will you need to replace it?
- How big is it? What space do you have?