Much to the chagrin of my husband, I have a few minor obsessions when it comes to collecting kitchen-y things. While they are all useful bits and bobs, he argues that we don’t really need eight creamers, over a dozen cheese knives and tiny jam spoons, or another flat of glass jars. I feel like he’s slowly coming around to my overflowing jar collection, but one obsession he has never questioned is my love of wooden cutting boards. They are beautiful, easy to store and oh-so functional – who could argue with that?
If you are less inclined than me to find creative hiding spots all around your apartment for your too-large collection, here’s my shortlist for a few different wooden boards that I would suggest any kitchen needs.
One Big Board
There are few things more frustrating than starting dinner prep only to realize that you’ve run out of real estate. Enter a big, old cutting board. Using a large cutting board gives you enough space to work and prep and also allows for you to shove some already-prepped ingredients off to the side while they await their destiny in your delicious dinner.
I tend to opt for a sturdy hardwood cutting board that is around 13 by 22 inches. This gives you enough room to work without it being too large to store. The one pictured below was made for me as a wedding gift by my friend Gill of G&G Carpentry, based in Waterloo, Ontario. Not only is she a beaut, but also a real powerhouse in my kitchen!
A Moat-Equipped Board
There is nothing that will make carving a beautiful roast easier and tidier than a cutting board that has a little moat around the edge. It will collect all of those lovely juices and stop them from running all over your counter or kitchen table, making cleanup a breeze. Those juices that collect can be poured over stored leftovers and help keep your meat super tasty, so be sure to save as much as you can.
My go-to is a 12 by 18-inch or 11 by 14-inch bamboo board. They’re easy to clean, relatively inexpensive and, as bamboo is a highly renewable material, they’re super green!
Two or Three Odd-Shaped Boards
A stash of two or three teeny-tiny wooden cutting boards or beautiful artisan boards that seem too pretty to slice and dice on are the absolute perfect answer when looking for a statement serving piece. Whether you’re putting a baguette out with your dinner or whipping up a little cheeseboard to bring to a party, these boards really shine.
A Non-Wood Board
In addition to your wooden board collection, it’s a good idea to have a medium or large plastic cutting board to use for raw meats. They’re the easiest to disinfect, keeping your kitchen safe and your family healthy!