Kitchen Cutting Boards

Most homeowners tend to spend more time and are more particular when choosing knife sets for their kitchens than they spend thinking about kitchen cutting boards. However, kitchen cutting boards are essential to different types of knives, as the surface comes into constant contact with the knife edges. This affects the edge of the blade and likewise influences the behavior of the blade when cutting, slicing or chopping food items. Cutting boards come in a variety of materials including the traditional hardwood along with bamboo and glass – all of which have different effects on knife edges.

Kitchen cutting boards, not food, are the main reason why knife edges need occasional honing with whetstones or electric knife sharpeners. Constant contact with the surface of the cutting board causes the edge of the knife to curl over itself and become dull. How often and fast the dulling occurs is highly dependent on the type of cutting board surface you choose. While high-end carbon steel knives have durable edges, this doesn’t always matter against cutting boards made out of extremely durably materials such as glass.

Williams-Sonoma offers a wide-range of kitchen cutting boards including types with hardwood and even chic serving boards. Among these offerings, wooden cutting boards are the most forgiving, which helps your knives hold their edges longer. Types of cutting boards with glass, marble and ceramic surfaces may require a bit of extra honing, but these materials are also extremely durable, easy to clean and sanitary.

When it comes to maintenance, these harder types of cutting boards have an advantage over wooden boards. Glass cutting boards are easier to clean and are dishwasher-safe. Wooden boards on the other hand, have more porous surfaces, thus requiring a more thorough cleaning and drying before storage. One workaround for those who prefer wooden boards is to season yours to help it become resistant to staining, prevent the absorption of food odors and bacteria and prevent the occurrence of warping and cracking.

When it comes to size, it is a good idea to choose a cutting board that is just the right size for your kitchen, works well for all of food preparation requirements of a household and one that fits well into its allotted storage space. If aesthetics is a major factor when choosing kitchen cutting boards, choose one that complements both the kitchen aesthetics, as well as the cutlery set.