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The Best Wood Cutting Boards For Your Kitchen

If you do ANY kind of cooking in your kitchen, you will need a cutting board eventually. While cutting boards come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors, they also come in different materials. In this article I want to talk about wood cutting boards for your kitchen. In my opinion wood and plastic seem to be the most commonly used materials and I know they are the 2 materials I like the best. Glass is also a possibility, but the reason I don’t like glass is because it can dull your knife pretty quickly and, lets be honest, glass cutting boards are NOISY! Below you will see some of the best wood cutting boards for your kitchen.

I am also very particular about any boards I use. I don’t like lips, I don’t like motes, I don’t like weird curved edges. They get in the way. Just give me a plain old flat wood board any day of the week. But I know some people are different so I will include a few “decorative” options as well.

Prep Series Cutting Boards by Epicurean, 3 Piece, Natural

This is a good option for those of you that cut different quantities of items OR you want to use each board for a different food and don’t want to worry about cross-contamination. You could use the smaller one for something like herbs and garlic, shallots, green onions, etc. The medium one could be for fruits and vegetables. The bigger one could be used strictly for meat. These do come in 2, 4, 5 pieces as well. If you don’t like “natural” there is also a black color as well.

“Cutting on an epicurean cutting board will not dull your knives because the surface will score slightly, which helps it protect your knife’s edge. Epicurean has a company eco initiative commitment. They are green guard certified, and use sustainable manufacturing practices with minimal recyclable packaging. Epicurean features a set of 2 prep series wood composite cutting boards. These boards measure 17 by 11 by 3/16-Inch thick, 14.5 by 9.5 by 3/16-Inch thick and 10 by 7 by 3/16-Inch thick. They are heat resistant up to 350-Degree and are designed with a handle opening on the end of the board. Dishwasher safe. Made in USA from trees harvested under the guidelines of the north America sustainable forestry standards”

Vremi VRM020022N Cutting-Boards, Red


Now these do have a little decorative edge to them – they also have a hole that you can use to pick the board up easier, or hang it. This one is red, but there is also a green color. This one also includes 3 different sizes – the biggest one is HUGE and specifically meant for carving roasts, shredded beef, steak, ribs, etc.

“The Vremi Home Slice Cutting Boards Set includes small, medium and large chopping boards in durable, eco friendly, antimicrobial bamboo wood. The large cutting board gives you enough space to slice and dice multiple vegetables at a time for soup, roasting or stir fry recipes. The medium and small boards are great for single ingredient recipe prep. Each cutting board features a juice groove lip to catch liquids from cut fruits or meats.”

Architec GWAT16N Gripperwood Cutting Board, Acacia, 12′ X 16′ X .78′

I think that we have already ascertained that I like modern stained woods. This is Acacia, which has a sort of walnut coloring to it; its a deep brown, it has no edges, no weird indents or grooves. Its just a regular old board and definitely one that I would personally buy! This one also has soft grip feet on the bottom so you can cut away and not have to worry about the board sliding all over the place.

“The Architec gripper acacia cutting board is functional and beautiful. Extra durable cutting surface with a rich, warm grain. Food safe moisture seal makes this board an ultimate low maintenance wood board. Soft feet grip counter top. Patented process permanently secures gripper feet inside of wood (no glue).”

Michigan Maple Block AGA01812 18 x 12 x 1.75″ Maple Cutting Board


Now this is an option if you would prefer to leave the board out rather than put it back away in a cabinet or a drawer. Its attractive enough to leave out, plus it will add some height and level differences between your counter and the board itself. It has a nice mineral finish and its in maple. Maple is known to be one of the toughest and most durable wood cutting boards for your kitchen. This is definitely one to consider – and its less than $50.  Considering this is maple and its LESS than $50, its safe to say this is going to be hard to beat when it comes to wood cutting boards for your kitchen.

“This wood cutting board made using beautiful hard maple. It’s durable, functional, and reversible. Use one side for slicing meat and the other side for chopping vegetables. Wood cutting boards are suitable for a variety of uses.Material: Maple Length: 18″ Width: 12″ Thickness: 1-3/4″ Mineral oil finish Reversible Radius edge NSF Certified 1 Year Manufacturers Defect Warranty.”

Teak Cutting Board – Rectangle Carving Board With Hand Grip (24 x 18 x 1.5 in.)


Another very attractive wood board. This one is made from teak – which is also a very strong material. It works, feels and looks a lot like bamboo. “The rectangle carving board with hand grips by teakhaus is part of the series nicknamed “the last cutting board you’ll ever need” by cook’s illustrated magazine & america’s test kitchen.This edge grain board is known for its durability and longevity. Teaks resistance to moisture and abundant natural oils make it an ideal wood for culinary applications. This wood cutting board is not only spacious enough for large family parties, but the added hand grips make this large carving board easy to move, and even easier to clean. Minimal care, simply wash with soapy water and apply mineral oil occasionally.”

So there ya have. My list of wood cutting boards for your kitchen. Are there more? Of course! in fact, if you want to check other options out simply follow this link to do so.

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Finish For Cutting Boards…

I know, its been awhile since I wrote anything, I have just been super busy with other projects!  However, I belong to a woodworking group on Facebook and someone just asked an interesting, albeit crazy question (to me) about finish for cutting boards.  To be fair:

1- The wood working group is MADE for begginers so you will have people on there that have no idea what they are doing.

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2- Wood you can use for furniture vs wood you can use for food is incredibly different – like a whole other world.  So I dont necassarily blame the guy for asking this question, but uh I don’t know, I would think it would be common sense?

The question was:  Can I use finished hardwood for a cutting board?

No.  You cannot.  You should not.  You shan’t!  I mean finished hardwood is alright to walk on and live with everyday.  But to eat and cut on it?  Never!  A finish for cutting boards should be; non-toxic, food friendly, and food safe.  Here are some better options for finish for cutting boards:

Pure tung oil. Extracted from the nut of the china wood tree. Used as a base in many blended finishes. Available from catalogs and hardware stores. Difficult to apply, requires many coats, good water-resistance.

Raw linseed oil. Pressed from flax seeds. Not to be confused with boiled linseed, which contains metallic driers. Listed as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Very long curing time, good looks, low water-resistance, frequent reapplication.

Mineral oil. Although derived from petroleum, it is colorless, odorless, tasteless and entirely inert. Sold as a laxative in drug stores and as a wood finish in hardware and kitchen-supply stores. Simple to apply, low waterresistance, frequent reapplication.

Walnut oil. Pressed from the nuts of the walnut tree. Sold as a salad oil in health food stores and in large grocery stores. Walnut oil dries and won’t go rancid. Easy to apply, frequent reapplication.

Beeswax. The work of the honey bee. Can be mixed with an oil to create a better-smelling, slightly more waterrepellent finish. Sold in woodworking and turning catalogs.

Carnauba wax. Derived from the Brazilian palm tree. Harder than beeswax and more water-resistant. Can be used straight on wooden-ware as a light protective coating or a topcoat polish. Sold in woodworking and turning catalogs.

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Kitchen Remodeling: Designing A Gourmet Kitchen

I am in the process of writing a how-to guide on Kitchen Remodeling: Designing A Gourmet Kitchen.  The book will include a lot of different tips and information on how to create a gourmet kitchen; materials to use, trends for 2017, paint and color trends, countertop and flooring materials and more.  Here is a rundown of the Chapters in the book. (draft)

Chapter 1 deals with the best materials used in kitchens.  Not only the best looking or the most stylish options, but the most durable materials too.  Chapter 1 deals with materials in terms of flooring and counters.  You will be able to see the different pros and cons of each material, color options, size options, and of course prices!

Chapter 2 talks about the most commonly used decor styles such as Modern, Traditional, Country, Shabby Chic and Contemporary, as well as the best colors and materials to use in these kitchen types.

Chapter 3 talks about the essential appliances for your gourmet kitchen.  Chances are if you are building a gourmet kitchen you plan on cooking in it a lot so you definitely need certain appliances to accomplish your cooking goals!  You will also find a list of the best vs the worst brands to choose from and a few tips on where to purchase these items.

Chapter 4 deals with 2017 kitchen trends.

Chapter 5 is all about backsplashes!  Why you should have a backsplash, best materials to choose from, different style modifications and more.

Chapter 6 talks about paint for your walls.  What the best “type” of paint is for your kitchen walls, trendy colors to use in the kitchen and how to “try” paints before you buy a few gallons worth.

Chapter 7 talks about kitchen sinks and faucets.  The different materials available to you, different styles or types of sinks and faucets, special features, and more.

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The book Kitchen Remodeling: Designing A Gourmet Kitchen should be available in the next few days.  Since the chapters above are drafted, they could change a little bit, but not a lot!  As soon as Kitchen Remodeling: Designing A Gourmet Kitchen is finished I will post a link here where you can purchase it.

If you have any other kitchen remodeling, decor or upgrade topics you would like me to write about, let me know in the comments section.

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Reasons You Need A Kitchen Floor Runner

If you’ve never used a kitchen floor runner you might not realize the unique benefits it offers. A runner for the floor, like one for a table, tends to be a sleek yet long material that “runs” the length of the area you are placing it. In this article, we will be talking about kitchen floor runners and the many benefits that you can receive while having one in your kitchen,

A Kitchen Floor Runner Protects Your Floors

A runner is a great way to keep light to heavy foot traffic, paw prints, dirt, dust and just about any other type of wear and tear at a minimum. Not only can this help your tile floors, but its also quite beneficial for wood floors as well.

A Kitchen Floor Runner Can Help Connect Your Rooms

If you have an open kitchen, or a very long hallway leading to the kitchen from another way, a kitchen floor runner is a great way to connect the rooms. Think of it as a welcoming mat! It creates a focal point for point A to point B and allows for a more natural flow.

They Help Absorb Noise

When picking out flooring for your home, you probably went through dozens of different flooring options and learned about each one. As you know carpet is great at absorbing noise. Not only footfalls but noise in general such as voices, TV noise and even noise in other rooms. If you decided to go with something like tile or wood in your kitchen you probably deal with a lot of noise. A simple kitchen floor runner is a great way to reduce the noise from other parts of the home, but also reduce the amount of noise coming from the kitchen to other parts of the house.

A Kitchen Floor Runner Adds Comfort

If you tend to cook in your kitchen a lot and you have a hard surface underneath such as tile, wood, even vinyl, you probably have learned that too much time on your feet can cause backaches, knee problems, your feet can hurt, etc. Adding a floor runner means that you are adding some comfort underfoot, not to mention adding warmth underfoot as well. You can also add a kitchen floor runner pad for even more comfort!

Adds Some Beautification

Runners are an easy, cost efficient and quick way to add some style or color to your kitchen. They come in all sorts of style options. From solid colors to patterns, to stripes and more. And they in every color under the sun which lets you add some style to your kitchen, without really trying very hard. Another nice thing about this is that runners don’t cost a lot so if you want to switch it out every month or every 6 months, you can do so without breaking the bank.

Here are a few runners, under $100, which would make a perfect choice for your kitchen. Remember to check your measurements properly, not only lengthwise, but also width wise as well.

InterDesign Bamboo Floor Runner, 24-Inch by 72-Inch

This one comes in either Mocha or Natural Bamboo and it comes in 5 different sizes so you can find the right kitchen floor runner for your specific needs. “Add an earthy appearance to any room with a bamboo mat. Bamboo, a highly renewable material makes this an environmentally-friendly product. Bamboo Lattice is coated with a finish for both look and longevity.” This one has over 900 customer reviews @ 4.3 stars out of 5. Its also under $20.

Contemporary Bordered Design Modern Runner Rug with Non-Skid Rubber Backing Runner Rug, 20″ L x 59″ W, Chocolate

This one only comes in what they call chocolate, but it also has accents of “brown” which has an almost brownish gold look to it. This is very contemporary and would, in turn, work best in a contemporary kitchen. The runner comes in 6 different sizes. It has over 650 reviews for a 4.4 out of 5 stars. People say the thing they like the best about this kitchen floor runner is that it is super cheap (under $15) and yet it does what its supposed to do and is very comfortable underfoot.

Gorilla Grip 2×8-Feet Non-Slip Area Rug Pad for Hard Floors

This one is actually NOT a runner, but instead the pad I talked about above. Its a pad, but also keeps your runners from moving around.. I actually have this type of material for my cutting boards. I’m not exactly sure what its made out of but it “grips” to whatever hard surface you put it on, have it be a smooth natural stone counter top, a tile or wood floor. It also comes in over 20 different sizes and shapes so make sure you look at each one and figure out the right one for your kitchen floor runner! This one is also under $15, and yet it has over 3000 reviews and it has 4.4 out of 5 stars. If you need a pad for your rug this is definitely one to consider. By the way, it can also be cut to size.

Mohawk Home New Wave Rainbow Printed Rug, 2’x8′, Multi

This is actually really pretty and I like it! It adds enough color to add some style to your kitchen, but the colors aren’t overwhelming. It comes in 6 different options – the first 4 sizes ARE under $100.”A carnival of color, the stripe pattern of our Rainbow Rug will invigorate your space with lively design and punchy bright hues! A best seller for its brilliant use of bold color, this rug will easily pair with a multitude of room scenes and color motifs to create a look that is truly all your own. A debut from Mohawk Home’s New Wave Collection, the Rainbow Rug is quality constructed with the proven wear-free performance of our premium nylon fibers. With superior standards of durability and stain resistance, this rug is ideal even for use in high-traffic areas of the home and is proudly made in the U.S.A.” This one has over 1000 reviews and 4.6 out of 5 stars – so the best rated one in this list yet! People say that they obviously love the color and the style, but they also like the fact that its soft underfoot and adds some cushion without the need of a pad.

 

 

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