Depending on your personal style preference, style of kitchen and budget, a cutting board may also be a piece of kitchen furniture. A maple worktop makes a perfect chopping board, large wooden cutting boards can double as sliding countertops to conceal gas hobs for a tidy look or use loose cutting boards in a small kitchen.
There are wooden cutting boards mostly with end grain cutting surfaces that are durable, such as maple, oak, walnut, cherry, and the not so common like jatoba and wenge. These wood cutting boards do not spoil your knives and other cutlery and can be moved from area to area and washed easily, making them extremely handy. The John Boos cutting board range is made from hard rock maple. It is the professional chefs’ choice in America and is available in end grain and edge grain.
The best way for wood cutting board care is just to wipe it with a damp sponge or cloth for cleaning. Try not to run tap water on it as it may change size as it gains or loses moisture. Re-oil your cutting board every few weeks with a few drops of any edible oil sparingly. Rub it in with some elbow grease.
The bamboo cutting boards are 16% harder than the hardwood maple, environmentally friendly as bamboo is a grass. Unlike the wood cutting board, care of a bamboo cutting board is less tedious. Simply wash with mild detergent in warm water and wipe occasionally with any edible oil or mineral oil. A bamboo cutting board does not absorb moisture and is lightweight.
The Corian cutting board is a better choice for frequent meat-handling in the kitchen as it is extremely hygienic because of its non-porous surface. It is made of natural minerals and pure acrylic polymer. Another range is made of high-quality tempered glass which can be used as a hot plate, a serving tray, a placemat or even a breadboard. The café cutting board will look good in a contemporary kitchen. It is also scratch resistant, odor and stain proof. Yet another great looking design is a fun and cute cutting board. The butterfly cutting board as a gift is bound to cheer up any kitchen. And another cutting board is the Breeze cutting grapevine large range including coasters, wall clock, and other kitchen utensils.
A marble cutting board is also used as a worktop and will look great with an outdoor kitchen design as well as easy to clean and maintain.