The variety of cutting boards out there will have you scratching your head in no time.
Plastic, glass, wood… Which is best, and more importantly, why?
I’ll focus on wood cutting boards for this post, and more specifically, Edge grain vs. End Grain.
This diagram below shows the areas of a piece of wood that are used for butcher blocks.
Let’s get to the advantages vs. disadvantages.
Edge grain cutting boards are known to be durable, fairly easy to maintain, and less expensive. However, this type of board tends to dull knives faster than end-grain types and is more prone to nicks and cuts. To help you visualize that, have a look at this picture. (the spaghetti represents the wood fibers)
- As you can see, an edge grain board will show knife marks because once the fibers are cut, they are permanently damaged.
End grain boards are generally recognized by their checkerboard pattern. This type of board is more expensive because it is very labour intensive to produce, but it has many advantages. For one, it is more forgiving on knives. Also, end grain boards are considered self-healing. Have a look at the picture below to see what I mean. (again spaghetti represents the wood fibers)
- What you are seeing is the knife slipping between the wood fibers as you chop. As a result, some of the shock is absorbed. Once, the knife edge is lifted off, the fibers begin to close back up. With regular applications of our Natural Conditioning Cream or Oil, knife marks go away and the wood looks new again.
So, End Grain Butcher Blocks are durable, self-healing, won’t ruin your knife, and also very sanitary.
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