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Chopping boards are an essential kitchen tool as almost all food preparation requires one. Whether you are looking for a heavy duty butcher block, a convenient plastic cutting board or a stylish serving board, Houzz UK can help you find the one that suits your needs.

What chopping boards are best?


To help you determine the best cutting board for your kitchen, let’s have a look at the four main types of chopping boards:

Plastic


Plastic chopping boards are normally made from polypropylene and are quite durable. They are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. They will dull your knives less than glass and more than wood or bamboo. One myth is that plastic cutting boards are the more sanitary option because bacteria doesn’t get absorbed. However, the surface of these boards can become fuzzy with time, which actually harbours more bacteria than wood or bamboo.

Bamboo


Bamboo cutting and chopping boards come highly recommended. They are eco-friendly because bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable resource. The only downsides to bamboo are that after longtime usage, they can also become fuzzy like plastic, and they are more likely to dull your knives than wood.

Wood


In terms of look, feel and knife care, oak, maple and other wooden cutting and chopping boards are best. Wooden chopping boards are porous, so they go easy on your knives. The surface does absorb bacteria, however, some suggest wood contains anti-microbial properties, and with proper cleaning it shouldn’t be a problem.

Glass


Glass chopping boards are easy to clean and require no maintenance. However they are terrible for your knives, and they provide no grip while chopping. This is the same for marble or granite chopping boards. Besides aesthetics, there’s really no good reason to have a glass cutting board.

How to clean chopping boards?


In addition to washing cutting boards, in order to avoid cross-contamination, it is generally recommended to keep separate cutting boards and chopping blocks for foods you will be eating raw, such as vegetables for a salad, and food you will cook, like raw poultry and meat. When cleaning your cutting boards, you’ll want to take into consideration the material they are made of:

  • Plastic and Glass: Wash in the dishwasher or by hand immediately after every use.

  • Wood and Bamboo: Wash with soap and water. Rinse well under a high-pressure stream to flush out the bacteria. Dry thoroughly with a clean kitchen towel. Maintain your cutting board regularly by seasoning with oil.

Where to buy chopping boards?


You can browse a wide range of chopping boards and other kitchen products and utensils, like chopping board sets, cheese boards and carving boards on the Houzz UK shop.
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