Selecting a wooden chopping board

Selecting a Wooden Chopping Board: 4 Simple Steps

Jagadeesh Kumar Comments 0 January 28, 2018

Confused on how to choose the BEST Wooden Chopping Board? We all understand that plastic boards are not a healthy option. It is prone to Fungus and chips to join with the food – making plastic boards dangerous.

Many people are looking for a wooden chopping board, but they do not know how to choose the right board. Here are some best practices that will help you choose wisely.

Here are some questions to help you choose the right chopping board:

Question 1: Do you cut meat?

Question 2: Do you use your chopping board daily?

Question 3: Do you have kids at home?

Question 4: Do you use your chopping board for serving like a cheese plate?

Question 5: Do you use big and sharp professional knifes?

If you have answered YES to 3 or more questions. Wooden chopping board is for you. Here are some key features to look out for in your new chopping board:

1. Solid + Jointfree = Durable:

Many board that you get in the market are made of bamboo. Bamboo is a good strong wood and renewable too. It comes in a budget friendly price as well. This is suitable for those who use the board very rarely and mostly for serving.

If you use your board daily, you need to wash it after use. Bamboo is a narrow wood. A lot of pieces must be pasted to make the chopping board. The pasting and joints make it weak and prone to bending when washed. This bending is called – warping of wood. This is natural but not good for your board. It will start to shake and ruin the base, like in the image below:

So what board is good for our daily users? Use only Solid chopping board with Core portion of the Cutting board should have no joints.

Why you may ask? This increases lifetime of the board and reduces change of bending. Seasoning of all wooden boards is an essential step to ensure the board is strong and durable. IF you want to know more about ‘How to season your chopping board’ read our blog.

So, how to see if my cutting board has joints? Don’t worry we got you!

Check the picture below: 1st image is a jointless Indus Valley Cutting Board, 2nd image is a multiple joint wooden cutting board.

1. Solid Single Block Wooden Chopping Board
2. Common Problems with Joint Cutting Boards.

Can you see the lines enhanced in the image above. These are the joints with which the board is made.

Key Points to Remember:

– Ensure your cutting board has not Joints.

– Note: Edge portion of the cutting board can have joints to improve the sturdiness of the board.


2. Grains:

All solid wood has unique and beautiful grains. This is something you should look out for.

SHEESHAM WOOD CHOPPING BOARD - Large Cutting Board - (Rectangle | 1 INCH THICK) Vegetable board

Why should you look for this? Some sellers cheat you by selling plastic boards as wooden boards. Some sell MDF or other dangerous waste wood as chopping boards.

So, how to check to see the grains?

–Visual inspection is the best way to determine if a chopping board is made of solid wood. All wooden chopping boards have grains in it. (like the image below)

Wood Cutting Board Solid with Grains

Plastic chopping boards will have a plain uniform finish like shown in picture below. NEVER mistake this for wooden cutting board.


3. No Polish:

Chopping boards are used to cut and serve fruits, vegetables, cheese and meat. We use it for the whole family, including kids. It is important to ensure your wood has no polish on it.

Why you may ask? Isn’t polish good? Doesn’t it keep water away from the cutting board?

Most wood polishes are not wood safe. All Indus Valley Chopping Boards are food safe and good quality cutting board.

So how do you check for it? The surface should not be completely smooth like furniture after the first wash. The wood should absorb some amount of water before wiping it dry. These two are fail proof signs to show that your board is polish free and safe!


4. Aesthetics:

Yes. Who doesn’t like a good looking product in their kitchen. A good looking cutting board can double up as a cheese plate in your kitchen.

An aesthetically appealing cutting board can improve the image of your cooking to your guests. You can choose a good looking cutting board from a variety of options below.

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