Cutting Boards: Wood vs Plastic
The debate between wood cutting boards and plastic cutting boards has been raging on for years. While both materials have pros and cons, a wood cutting board has certain benefits that make it the preferred choice for many avid cooks and chefs.
First, wood cutting boards are more gentle on your knives than plastic cutting boards. Over time, knives can become dulled or damaged when repeatedly cutting on plastic surfaces. This can be avoided when using a wood cutting board, as the wood fibers help to protect the blade. Additionally, wood cutting boards are less likely to dull the blade than plastic boards, meaning you will not have to replace or sharpen knives as often.
Second, wood cutting boards are better for the environment. At Battle Born Wood Shop we source our wood domestically from responsible growers who are continually replanting trees to ensure a continual supply for centuries to come. Also, unlike plastic, wood can be easily sanded to a new fresh clean surface if so desired. Plastic cutting boards end up in the trash. Who knows where they go from there? I sure don't.
Third, wood cutting boards are naturally antibacterial, which makes them a safer option for food preparation. Plastic boards, on the other hand, can harbor bacteria and germs from the food that is cut on them. This is because plastic is nonporous, meaning bacteria can survive and thrive on the surface. Wood cutting boards, however, have a porous surface, which helps to absorb moisture and bacteria, making them a much safer choice for preparing food.
Finally, wood cutting boards are more aesthetically pleasing than plastic boards. Wood can add a level of sophistication to any kitchen and can be used as a decorative piece when not in use. Plastic boards, however, are often plain and boring and can detract from the overall look of the kitchen.
In conclusion, there are numerous benefits of a wood cutting board versus a plastic cutting board. Wood boards are more gentle on knives, are naturally antibacterial, and are more aesthetically pleasing. For these reasons, many chefs and home cooks alike prefer to use wood cutting boards over plastic ones.