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The Basics of Finding the Right Cutting Board

October 20, 2011 Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas 0 Comments

The Basics of Finding the Right Cutting Board

A good cutting board, or even several, is one of the most versatile investments that you can make in your home kitchen. Cooking schools in Las Vegas will usually stock several different types of cutting boards in a variety of materials. The right cutting board will come in handy whether you are preparing snacks for the kids, chopping vegetables for dinner or slicing a fresh loaf of bread from your grocer. There are so many different types of cutting boards on the market these days that choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. Here is what you need to know to pick the right cutting board to suit your culinary arts needs.


Cutting boards come in a wide variety of materials and each one has its own unique advantage and disadvantages. Before you decide on a size or thickness knowing what material you are shopping for is a good place to get started. Here are three of the most popular types of cutting boards


Wood cutting boards have been used in kitchens for hundreds of years and many continue to use them today out of a sense of tradition or for their aesthetic appeal. Wood has a warm feel to it and left on your counter top can enhance the look of your kitchen. Wooden cutting boards also make a great surface to lay out appetizers or create cheese trays. On the practical side wood cutting boards enjoy greater longevity than plastic or cutting boards and are believed to be more resistant to bacteria and contamination.


Plastic cutting boards are very popular because they are inexpensive and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. To prevent contaminating vegetables with raw meats you can color code your plastic cutting boards for their designated purposes. Plastic cutting boards can attract bacteria so you need to be sure to keep them clean and dry but unlike wooden cutting boards, plastics can go in your dishwasher. Also using a little bleach water can keep them clean between projects. Just be sure to always let your plastic cutting boards dry on their side so water doesn’t get trapped between the board and your counter-top. Plastic boards are durable but will eventually grow stained and grooved at which point you will probably need to replace them.


Tempered glass cutting boards are becoming more popular these days and there are many advantages to using them. For one they are impervious to nicks and cuts meaning there is no way for bacteria to get into the surface. Like plastic they are dishwasher safe making for easy clean up and their surface is heat resistant so they can do double duty as a hot plate. Glass cutting boards come in a wide variety of colors and patterns as well so if you are looking for something to compliment the decor of your kitchen or make an attractive serving tray, glass cutting boards may be the best choice for you. On the down side the glass can be very hard on the blades of your knives so they will require more frequent sharpening. Also the sound of a knife against glass is one that most find similar to nails on a chalkboard.

Whether you are considering enrolling in a Las Vegas cooking school or enjoy practicing the culinary arts at home, investing in a good cutting board is sure to make your kitchen prep much easier and more enjoyable.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Las-Vegas for more information.

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