Decent chopping boards are a full on, no exceptions kitchen essential. They are used on a daily basis, all year round – whether you are chopping salad or fruit for Pimms in summer or meat and veg for winter stews and casseroles.
It’s a good idea to have a roster of boards for different uses – as a minimum keep one for meat and another for vegetables and fruit. A wooden bread board is always appropriate, while added features such as non sleep silicone feet for safety can be useful, or carving grooves to allow meat juices to run off while carving, without spilling over your work surface.
Care of your stylish chopping boards is a very important part of kitchen hygiene as they can easily spread harmful bacteria.
Stylish chopping boards in wood
Wood is the designer option for stylish chopping boards, with a huge variety of shapes and sizes. The durable nature of wood suits both rustic traditional and sleek modern kitchens, while some model are good looking enough to use as serving platters – cheeses, cold meats and different breads for example look very attractive presented on wood. A few years ago plastic boards were in favour as they were thought to be more hygienic, but further research highlighted the fact that wooden boards have natural antibacterial properties that make them very hygienic. The same properties mean they repel strong odours of items such as onion that may be prepared on them.
The traditional and, usually, the cheapest wooden chopping boards come in beech wood, but acacia boards have an attractive warmth and interesting grain pattern to them and bamboo boards are a stylish modern option.
Remember that wooden chopping boards should never be washed in a dishwasher as they will warp and split. The best way to care for your wooden designer chopping board is to hand wash it in warm, soapy water, giving it a good scrub followed by a thorough rinse, and allow to air dry.
Stylish chopping boards in plastic
Wood may be considered the default option for hygiene these days, but a small collection of polyethylene stylish chopping boards is very useful in any kitchen. Choose a variety of sizes to ensure you have a flexible collection – you need large boards in your kitchen for breads and joints of meat but smaller boards are practical and easier to handle if you only have a small amount of chopping to do.
Polyethylene boards tend to be slimmer and lighter than wooden boards so they are easy to store and, helpfully, can be washed in the dishwasher.