Cutting Edge: Your Guide to Finding the Best Chopping Board for Your Needs

Finding the Best Chopping Board for Your Needs

A good chopping board is an essential tool for any kitchen. Whether a professional chef or a home cook, a quality chopping board can make all the difference in your food preparation. The right chopping board can help you work more efficiently, keep your knives sharp, and prevent cross-contamination. When buying a chopping board, there are several factors to consider. The best chopping boards come in various materials, sizes, and designs, each with pros and cons. Some people prefer coloured chopping boards for different types of food, while others prefer classic wooden boards.

In this buyer's guide, we will explore the different types of chopping boards available and the factors to consider when purchasing. Whether you're looking for a durable, sustainable option or a board with specific features like a juice groove or handle, we will help you find the perfect chopping board for your needs. So, let's get started!




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Frequently Asked Questions


How to store chopping boards?

To properly store your chopping boards, keeping them in a dry and clean area, away from direct sunlight and heat sources, is best. You can also consider using a stand or rack to keep them organised and easily accessible.


What is the best oil for wood cutting boards?

Mineral oil is the most recommended oil for wood cutting boards, as it is food-safe and doesn't turn rancid over time. You can apply it regularly to maintain the quality and durability of your board.


How to display cutting boards on the kitchen counter?

Displaying your cutting boards on the kitchen counter is an impactful way to add a decorative element to your space. You can lean them against the backsplash or hang them on a hook to create a stylish and functional display.


Types of Chopping Boards

Types of Chopping Boards

Wood

Wooden chopping boards are a classic and popular choice for many home cooks and professional chefs. They are sturdy, durable, and can last many years with proper care. Wood is also gentle on knives, which helps to keep them sharp for longer. We love the Davis & Waddell Essentials Acacia Wood Grains cutting board for its stylish checkered finish. Another popular design is the Classica Woodpecker Rectangle board, which comes in beautiful deep wood colours.

However, wood can be porous and retain bacteria, so it's essential to regularly clean and sanitise your wooden chopping board. Additionally, wooden chopping boards are not dishwasher safe and require regular oiling to maintain quality.


How to buy

When buying a wooden chopping board, consider the following factors to ensure you get the best quality product.

  • Wood type: The wood used in a chopping board can affect its durability, density, and resistance to bacteria. Hardwood species like maple, oak, acacia and teak are popular for their durability. At the same time, softer woods like pine may not hold up well over time.
  • Grain orientation: The orientation of the wood grain can also affect the board's durability. End-grain boards, where the grain runs perpendicular to the surface, are typically more durable and knife-friendly than long-grain boards, which have the grain running parallel to the surface.
  • Size: Consider the size of the chopping board you need based on the types of food you will be preparing. A larger board may be necessary for chopping meat or larger vegetables. A smaller board may be more suitable for fruits and herbs.
  • Thickness: A thicker board may be more durable and resistant to warping or cracking but may also be heavier and more challenging to handle. Thinner boards may be easier to handle but less durable over time.
  • Maintenance: Wooden chopping boards require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Consider how easy it is to clean and sanitise the board and whether or not it requires oiling or conditioning to maintain its quality.

Plastic

These chopping boards are famous for their affordability and ease of maintenance. They are easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and come in various colours to help with food safety and cross-contamination. However, plastic chopping boards can wear down knives faster than wood and are less durable than other materials. Take a look at the Smith & Nobel 4-piece chopping mat that comes colour coded with food icons to help avoid cross-contamination. Or, the Joseph Joseph Nest Boards 3-piece set.


How to buy

  • Material quality: Not all plastic chopping boards are created equal. Look for high-quality, food-grade plastic that is durable and resistant to knife marks.
  • Colour-coding: Plastic chopping boards come in various colours, which can help prevent cross-contamination when preparing different types of food. Consider whether or not this feature is essential to you.
  • Durability: Plastic chopping boards may not be as durable as other materials and can wear down knives faster. Consider how often you will use the board and whether or not it will hold up over time.
  • Maintenance: Plastic chopping boards are generally easier to clean than other materials and can often be washed in the dishwasher. However, they may require more frequent replacement than other materials due to wear and tear.

Bamboo

Bamboo chopping boards are a sustainable and eco-friendly option. They are solid and durable, and their natural hardness makes them resistant to knife marks. They are also lightweight and easy to clean. The Peer Sorensen Bamboo Long Grain set of three embodies all these qualities and then some. However, bamboo can be porous like wood and retain bacteria if not cleaned properly.


How to buy

Suppose you are considering purchasing a bamboo chopping board. In that case, consider the following factors:

  • Material quality: Look for high-quality bamboo that is free from defects and has been sustainably sourced.
  • Durability: Bamboo is a durable material resistant to knife marks and scratches. However, it may not be as durable as some other materials over time.
  • Maintenance: Bamboo chopping boards require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Consider the cleaning process involved before buying.
  • Sustainability: Bamboo is a sustainable material that grows quickly. It's also easy to harvest without causing damage to the environment. Consider whether or not sustainability is an essential factor for you when purchasing a chopping board.

You'll find various high-quality chopping boards at Harris Scarfe to suit your needs. Whether you're looking for a wooden, plastic, or bamboo board, we have you covered. Not only are the wooden chopping boards crafted from premium-quality acacia timber, but they're also available in a range of sizes to suit any kitchen. For those who prefer plastic boards, shop for durable and easy-to-clean options that come in a variety of colours for easy organisation. If you're looking for an eco-friendly option, our bamboo chopping boards are a great choice, offering sustainability and durability in equal measure. At Harris Scarfe, chopping boards are easy to purchase. They are available from some of the best kitchen brands like OXO, Smith & Nobel, Joseph Joseph, Swiss Diamond and much more.


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Buying considerations: design & features

[BONUS] Buying considerations: design & features

Choosing the right chopping board also involves considering the design elements that best suit your needs. To help you make an informed decision, consider the following key features:

  • For a more secure chopping experience, look for a board with a non-slip grip, such as a rubber or silicone bottom.
  • If you frequently carve meat, a board with a juice groove will help contain the mess and make cleanup easier.
  • A sturdy and comfortable handle can make moving or carrying your board easier, especially if it's on the larger side.
  • Consider your needs and preferences when selecting a board. Do you need a larger board for meal prep or a smaller one for quick tasks? Do you want a board that doubles as a serving platter? Keep your specific needs in mind to find the best board for you.


[BONUS] Maintenance and cleaning tips

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your chopping board are essential to keep it hygienic and bacteria-free. This is especially important if you use your board for raw meat or fish.


How to clean your chopping board

Different materials have different cleaning and maintenance requirements. Let's explore.


How to clean wooden chopping boards

  • Avoid soaking in water, and use a mixture of salt and lemon to sanitise.
  • Apply oil to prevent cracks and dryness.

How to clean plastic chopping boards

  • Clean with hot, soapy water and a brush.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaners to prevent scratches.

How to clean bamboo chopping boards

  • Clean with mild soap and water, then dry thoroughly.
  • Apply food-grade mineral oil regularly to prevent drying and cracking.

Tips for maintaining the longevity of a chopping board

In addition to proper cleaning and maintenance, here are some additional tips to help your chopping board last longer

  • Avoid exposing your board to extreme heat or cold, which can cause warping and cracking.
  • Never put your board in the dishwasher, as this can cause damage.
  • Use separate boards for different food types to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Replace your board if it becomes heavily scratched or shows signs of wear.

Shop the best chopping boards and kitchen accessories in Australia

Start your search for chopping boards with Harris Scarfe. You will find a chopping board that meets your needs with various in-store and online options. You can also shop for other kitchen tools like knives, knife blocks, and essential items for food prep. With competitive pricing and frequent sales and promotions, you can find the perfect chopping board that fits your budget. So why not check out the selection at Harris Scarfe and upgrade your kitchen essentials today?