Kitchen Cutting Boards-A Kitchen Necessity In Every Home

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Every kitchen anywhere in the civilized world has a couple of basic things in common and they are a person who does the cooking, knives in order to cut and prepare the food for cooking and some form or workspace in the kitchen area to prepare the food in. This is all very basic and in one way or another the same worldwide. Another very basic piece of equipment in the home kitchen is the kitchen cutting board.

When the earliest kitchens were still outside in the elements of Mother Nature the "kitchen cutting board" was little more than a flat surface of rock. Alot has changed since then and modern and even not so modern kitchens still have some form of cutting board in them.

There are so many different kinds of kitchen cutting boards out there today. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made of a myriad of mind boggling materials and still more and more are made out of more and more materials to come. It can blow your mind when it is time to pick one for your home.

Plastic And/Or Acrlyic Kitchen Cutting Boards

Some of the more modern synthetic kitchen cutting board varieties are the plastic or acrylic variety of cutting board. By nature these boards are much harder than their wooden cutting board counterparts and for this reason can also be quite hard on the primary cutting edges of your valued kitchen cutlery. These cutting boards are non-porous which in some cases can be a good thing in the eye's of some. The hardness of these boards can be prohibitive though. When kitchen cutting boards get as hard as some of these synthetics boards this can lead to something called "blade slip."

Blade slip occurs when a kitchen cutting board made of a hard material and because this material is hard when the user tries to cut or slice something on the board the surface of the harder synthetic material will not "grip" the blade of the knife as well as a cutting board made of a natural material like wood and therefore without the grip the blade can slide on the surface of the cutting board and possibly cause injury. This is a serious consideration when choosing a kitchen cutting board for the home.

Glass and Granite Kitchen Cutting Boards

These are two more examples of today's modern kitchen cutting boards. There is not doubt that they are beautiful indeed, yet they suffer the same faults as the rigid plastic and acrylic kitchen cutting boards and that is the fact that they are much harder than cutting boards made of natural materials such as wood and therefore can be quite harmful to the primary cutting edges of good quality culinary cooking knives. Also these types of cutting boards can also lead to "knife slip" as discussed before as these kinds of boards are non-porous and not very forgiving when being cut on as the surface of these types of board will not "grip" the blade of the knife and can possibly cause injury. This is always something to think about when looking to obtain a good quality kitchen cutting board.

Kitchen Cutting Boards Made Of Wood

Then there are the kitchen cutting boards that are made from wood. All kinds of wood is used today to manufacture in my opinion the best kitchen cutting boards on the market today and any day! Kitchen cutting boards like the one's made from northern hard rock maple have been found to be more sanitary than even the synthetic cutting boards made out of more non-porous material. This is because in some studies it has been found that bacteria would not have a chance to proliferate in woods as the oil in woods have an antibacterial effect as when using a plastic cutting board that is non-porous the bacteria can collect in the cuts your knife creates on the board and proliferate. Yuck! The study was done in 2008 by the National Sanitation Foundation better known in restaurant circles as the NSF. In some cases kitchen cutting boards made of hard rock maple have more durability and longevity than some of their synthetic counterparts. One other point to make about kitchen cutting boards made of wood is that they do not suffer from "knife slip" or "blade slip" as some of the other synthetic cutting boards due and that is because they are a bit more "giving" to a knife blade and holds them steady so that slip does not occur. A wooden kitchen cutting board also has the advantage of allowing your knives to stay sharper longer because they are not so drastically hard on your knife edges as the synthetics are. So there you have some information that hopefully will have helped you on your hunt for the perfect kitchen cutting board for your home. If you would like to learn more about kitchen cutting boards then please visit:

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