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Ok, we have our knives, we will learn how to store them, but now we must talk about cutting boards. They are equally important when it comes to keeping a sharp edge on your knife. A properly designed board should minimize wear and tear on the edges of your knife, yet be able to handle repeated use.


At the end of this post, if you still feel undecided on what type of cutting board is best for you, hop on over to America’s Test Kitchen and read through their site regarding cutting boards. It’s quite extensive. After visiting their website and furthering my education through research and my own experience, I broke it down to three basic types of boards — plastic, bamboo, and wood. I avoid cutting boards made of glass, ceramic, or marble. These types do not have any “give” and will dull your knife. That kind of surface is also dangerous because knives can slip on the hard, slick surface.

With all the confusing information out there, a person could write a book on this topic. I, however, wanted to simplify it so you could pick a cutting board and then move on to other things, like making yummy raw recipes.  Let’s sit back, take a deep breath, and take the stress out of selecting a cutting board.

Plastic and Composite Boards



How to Care For:

Bamboo Cutting Boards



How to Care For:

Wood Cutting Boards



How to Care For:

Cutting Board Storage

  • It is best to store a cutting board on its edge. This way if the board is damp, it will allow air to flow around it, discouraging bacteria from taking up residence.
  • Below, I shared a couple of units that I own. These holders come in many different sizes so be sure to find one that will fit in your storage space and hold the number of cutting boards that you own.

The Bottom Line

Look, I don’t want you to be fretting over this and getting all stressed out. All boards will dull your knives, some just quicker than others. Knives will ALWAYS need to be sharpened over time. All boards can harbor bacteria if not properly washed. All wooden boards can warp and crack if not properly maintained.

Whichever material the cutting board is that you selected, care for it as instructed, wash it after every use, replace it when needed, and sharpen your knives as they become dull. We don’t have time to be stressing! Below are some links to some cutting boards that I recommend.

Let’s Go Shopping!

Plastic Cutting Boards

I selected these plastic cutting boards due to size, functionality, quality, and cost.

Bamboo Cutting Boards

As mentioned above, some bamboo cutting boards are glued together with adhesives that have formaldehyde in them. The ones below do NOT use these chemicals. Don’t forget the conditioning oil for maintenance. 

Wooden Cutting Boards

I selected the walnut board because it is softer and less destructive on a knife. Don’t forget the conditioning oil for maintenance. Please note that the John Taylor conditioner has beeswax in it, therefore not vegan. If that is an issue, you can use the bamboo oil up above.

Cutting Board Storage Idea

It’s always best to store your cutting board on its edge so air can reach both sides, especially if damp after washing. I use the following holder for all of my cutting boards. 

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