Cutting boards are designed to provide a stable, durable working surface for knives and other cutting tools. Cutting boards are made from a variety of surfaces, the most common being wood and plastic. Each material has its own advantages.
Kitchen cutting boards serve to not only protect your counter tops from being scratched by knives, but also protect your knives from being worn away or damaged by improper cutting surfaces. The best material to cut on is a wood cutting board because it tends not to dull out your knife blade. Plastic cutting boards are also safe for your knives to cut on, but will dull your knife blades marginally faster than a wooden cutting board. Plastic and wood cutting boards are preferred to those made from glass, as glass cutting boards will quickly make your knife blades dull.
If you are preparing meat, many chefs recommend using a plastic cutting board because they are easier to sanitize than a wooden cutting board. This cuts down the chance of food-borne parasite contamination. Wooden cutting boards are preferred for vegetable and fruit preparation, thanks to their friendliness to knife blade sharpness.
Bread cutting boards tend to be longer in order to accommodate lengthier bread loaf types, such as the French baguette or Spanish pan. The best cutting boards for bread tend to be made from wood in order to protect the sharpness of the serrated bread knife blade.
You can also find the Wusthof Bench Scraper here, which allows you to scrape chopped and sliced food from your cutting board and into a pot. Many chefs will use their knife to clear a cutting board, scraping the blade along the surface of the board. Doing so, however, is bad for your knife’s blade, quickly causing it to lose its edge and potentially damaging it. The Wusthof Bench Scraper will quickly and safely do the same job, allowing you to use your knife for what it was made for: cutting, chopping, or slicing.
Chef Pro Knives offers a selection of the best cutting boards, both wooden and made from plastic compounds. Browse our stock of Wusthof, Shun, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Ginsu, and Epicurean cutting boards.