How to Purchase Wood Cutting Boards

Buy the best wood cutting board you can afford, take care of it, and it is likely that your grandchildren will be using it. Even as cutting boards age, or especially as they age, good wooden cutting boards become more and more attractive.

Size – Your first consideration should be how much counter space you have. Every kitchen should have at least one large cutting board. The bigger the board, the less you will find yourself fussing as the larger surface area of a cutting board gives you more space to work with. You are likely to leave it where it sits, as a good-size cutting board weighs a good deal. So buy a cutting board that fits your counter space. A stylish wood cutting board may also enhance the look of your kitchen. Small cutting boards are convenient for clean-up and cutting small things quickly (for example a garnish or some cheese).

Shape and Thickness of Cutting Boards – the second question is which shape works best for you. Your main choices are rectangular, square, or round. Be sure that if you buy a cutting board that's several inches thick, its surface doesn't sit so high on your countertop that you can't cut on it comfortably. Don't choose style over substance.