Professional kitchen cutting board

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professional kitchen cutting board

Professional kitchen cutting board

The professional kitchen cutting board is a fundamental element of any kitchen.

Whenever you have to cut food for cooking you will use it as a support surface.

Everyone in the kitchen uses it or has seen the cutting board used as a countertop to cut vegetables, bread, meat, fish, and any other cooking ingredient.

Cutting boards usually have a rectangular shape and often with a handle to hold or hang it.

If they are also used to be brought to the table with food they can be round or shaped, inlaid, etc. with a protruding handle obtained from the body to hold them but also simply round or shaped as if it were a serving dish

Of course, the cutting boards are combined with a series of different knives according to the type of food to be cut to obtain a clean job and that is why in the kitchen there are a multitude of knives with each its own specific task.Professional kitchen cutting board

However, the kitchen cutting board has an important role and you must know how to choose it with due care.

The professional kitchen cutting board also preserves the thread and durability of your knife

The materials and dimensions with which the kitchen cutting boards are made are many as well as the respective functional characteristics that allow you to work with the knives you have chosen for your kitchen more effectively and with an important attention to hygiene and not to pollute food.

Here are some practical tips to understand how to choose the best kitchen cutting boards.

professional kitchen cutting board

The materials of the professional kitchen cutting board

Each type of material used to create cutting boards has strengths and weaknesses that you must analyze based on the type of use that must be made of the cutting board that is your home kitchen or a restaurant or for professional use such as a gastronomy or butcher.

The most common materials are:

Each of these materials used for professional kitchen cutting boards has strengths and weaknesses!

The kitchen cutting board must have a surface that is sufficiently resistant to be able to lean on it and consequently cut food and at the same time preserve the knife thread to allow a durability over time of sharpening.

Professional kitchen cutting board

Wooden kitchen cutting boards

Wooden kitchen cutting boards are the most traditional in kitchens.

They have the advantage of having almost self-regenerating properties of the cuts because in the case that the cutting board is engraved with even deep cuts they are able to heal them over time.

They also have very useful natural antibacterial properties and hygiene is essential especially in a kitchen.

The size of the pores is important because the larger they are, the more they tend to retain residues, stains and dirt, even after being washed.

The best kitchen cutting boards are those made of hardwood that have small pores and a fine grain compared to wood with larger pores.

Hardwoods tend to stay clean more easily and longer.

Tropical woods are the ones that exert more charm both because they are aesthetically beautiful and because they are resistant, long-lived and able to repel microbes and moisture.

However, they require a lot of maintenance with mineral oils that preserve them over time and it is not recommended to keep them immersed in water for too long, so as not to make them absorb too much moisture.

Today it is nice to see how different materials are combined both for aesthetic reasons and to have cutting planes with different hardness and also areas with different surface roughness.

Cleaning wooden kitchen cutting boards

Wooden cutting boards can be cleaned by washing them with warm water without detergents or scraping them.

The wooden cutting boards are thoroughly cleaned using simple baking soda and a little water: a kind of batter is created, it is spread on the surface and left to act for a few minutes and then simply rinsed with water and without detergent.

It is essential to let the cutting board dry naturally and vertically, so that it does not deform.


Plastic kitchen cutting boards

Plastic kitchen cutting boards are increasingly widespread and known to be the most hygienic but only if they have certain characteristics.

Plastic cutting boards also tend to be engraved by knives but unlike woods they do not have the ability to “heal” the cuts that become prone to accumulate bacteria even after being washed.

However, being a less delicate material than wood, plastic can be treated with bleach, disinfectants and other chemicals that clean more effectively, without this type of cutting board retaining chemical or toxic residues that contaminate food.

The plastic kitchen cutting board is usually made of polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene and for this reason they are called PE, in practice they are made of Nylon.

They are made of polyethylene usually white, they are light, hygienic and without size problems.

Widely used in catering and professional kitchens, never for table service.

There are also disposable ones, thinner and more flexible, which also act as a tray for transporting food in a pot or in a container but are less widespread and for particular uses.

Plastic kitchen cutting boards

The HACCP standards also prescribe that the cutting boards used must not have incisions with a depth of more than 2 mm, to avoid the formation of bacteria that are then transmitted to food.

For this reason, a cutting board must be kept in good condition of use by planing when necessary.

HACCP standards prescribe the use of different colors for cutting boards in contact with different foods, in particular:

    • White (Natural) – for bread and cheese
    • Red – for raw meat
    • Blue – for fish
    • Green – for vegetables
    • Yellow – for poultry
    • Brown – for cooked meats

In the kitchen at home you can choose the color you like the most and for this reason many manufacturers have created colors for each personal taste but white remains the most suitable choice even to check the cleanliness.

Plastic kitchen cutting boards



Composite cutting boards

An innovative cutting board concept requires it to be composed of two materials:

    • a support base in solid wood and
    • a special plastic rubber foil for food.

The cutting surface is formed by a rubber-plastic composition with a thickness of 2-4 mm and is resistant to cutting the knife blade and beating with butcher’s cleaver.

Cleaning the composite chopping board is facilitated by the fact that the upper cut surface can be removed from the base of solid wood and washed in running water or dishwasher, it can also be sterilized by enduring temperatures above 200 degrees.

Composite cutting boards

Silicone kitchen cutting boards

The silicone cutting boards seem to enclose all the advantages of plastics but with the addition of other features such as:

  • hard as glass,
  • much more durable,
  • difficult to break,
  • less slippery,
  • capable of restoring cuts and incisions such as woods but less prone to moisture retention;

As for cleaning they can be treated with chemicals such as plastic but with better guarantees of cleanliness.

Silicone kitchen cutting boards

Glass and granite kitchen cutting boards

Glass and granite kitchen cutting boards are aesthetically beautiful but are among the least advisable because even if they have a very hard surface they are also extremely fragile and prone to break or crack, with the risk of leaving fragments and shards of glass between foods.

Glass and granite kitchen cutting boards

Such a hard surface tends to spoil and damage the blades of knives in a relatively short time.

In addition, glass cutting boards make the surface much more slippery, more likely to jeopardize your safety while cutting an ingredient or even while washing them.Glass and granite kitchen cutting boards

Teflon kitchen cutting boards

Teflon can be used to make a cutting board, but it is not a commonly used material for this purpose.

It is easier and I recommend using a kitchen cutting board made of plastics such as polypropylene and polyethylene.

Professional kitchen cutting board

The measurements of the professional kitchen cutting board

Kitchen cutting boards can vary not only in material and shape but also in size.

Rectangular cutting boards

Kitchen cutting boards of rectangular shape are usually the largest ones.

Larger ones can reach up to 70 cm in lengths, widths of 50 cm and 7 cm thick

They are less manageable for the weight but they are excellent as support surfaces for cutting but also for making dough with flour or for rolling out the dough with a rolling pin.

Medium-sized cutting boards are between 30 cm and 50 cm in length and are more versatile to adapt to any use and are the most widespread and suitable for treating meat or fish.

Round cutting boards

On the market there are round ones, with diameters ranging from 20 cm to 50 cm and with different thicknesses.

Smaller cutting boards are sometimes often equipped with a swivel device to be used as a support surface to put them on the table with an aesthetic effect when bringing cheese or fruit to the table or as in the case of larger ones often used as a support base for the preparation or putting pizzas on the table.

The smallest kitchen cutting boards, which do not exceed 25 cm in length, are mostly suitable for cutting cold cuts or small vegetables, or for quick use for a snack.

For those who want to make a different gift or to give a touch of creativity to their kitchen on the market there are also wooden cutting boards of various sizes with imaginative shapes, combinations of woods, inlays, etc.

How to choose your best professional kitchen cutting board

The best kitchen cutting boards depend as always on what use you have to make of them.

Personally, I believe that the best choice is between wooden and plastic.

The former have a warmer and more traditional aesthetic and have the advantage of not ruining the blades of the knives and a prolonged resistance over time.

The latter are designed for those who want a lighter product to handle more suitable to be treated with chemical detergents for a more thorough and more practical cleaning.

Both materials allow you to have an excellent compromise between quality and price.

There are also cutting boards equipped with drawers to collect food residues and scraps as they cut, but it is a personal choice if this can be a useful and practical accessory while cooking.

Surely it is a way to keep the worktop always clean quickly or if it is something more that you will have to clean when you finish using the cutting board.

The best kitchen cutting boards are those of medium and rectangular size that depending on the needs we can adapt both to the cutting of food and to the support surface for the doughs.

Whatever cutting board you are looking for now you know the various possibilities and features and I believe that now your choice is much more conscious.

Professional kitchen cutting board


The professional kitchen cutting board in addition to helping you in cooking serves to preserve food and also the thread of your knives.

It is a tool that you use practically every day and therefore my advice is to buy a good cutting board rather than having many paid little and that in the end if you do the total from an economic point of view does not change.

It is also interesting for those who want to build them and on this we will dedicate DIY or if you want Home Made also for cutting boards that always have something inherent with knives and their use as it is even if with a more important role the knife scabbard.

My personal advice is to use wooden or plastic cutting boards, avoid bamboo, glass, ceramic, marble, or other materials harder than steel unless it is an aesthetic representation in the kitchen or in a restaurant.

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