End Versus Edge-Grain cutting boards End grain plates show the tree ring cross section on the left, while edge grain plates (right) indicate the length of the wood fibres. Wood versus plastic cutting boards As I wrote in my review of plastic cutting boards, many of the assumptions that plastic is a more sanitary material than wood for cutting boards have been undermined by research. The Terra Teak has no channel to collect stray juices when we run off the board like our main pick, but we don't think this is a problem because they won't cut large pieces of meat on a board anyway. The smaller the pieces used, the more seams you have, which means that there are more opportunities for failure, since the seams are usually the weakest part of a cutting board. However, just like The, Brooklyn Butcher Block is ready to do custom orders so that you could talk to them about going in size and thickness if desired. Teakhaus es End Grain Butcher Block cut better in my knife stump trials, but the very small pieces of wood (which resulted in a higher number of seams) and the alignment of these seams were worrying. Brooklyn Butcher Blocks edge grain board in Walnut was a wonderfully dark and rich looking board, but it felt like it scratched quite often during our onion cut tests, and requires as much oil and moisture avoidance as other wood picks. Bamboo bamboo chopping boards are an alternative to plastic or glass cutting boards, partly because bamboo is generally considered to be naturally antimicrobial (although studies show otherwise). Yellow Chopping Boards: Poultry Brown Cutting Boards: Boiled Meat White Chopping Boards: Dairy Products and Loaves (also for Universal, if no other board is available. A tree trunk grows vertically, and its fibers pass along this length, providing channels through which water and nutrients flow from the roots to the branches and leaves. Proteak guarantees its products for one year against “defects in workmanship and materials” but not against “damage due to neglect or abuse of the product — a very standard guarantee for wood cutting boards. They get mixed reviews, with some people complaining about their unpredictable hardness levels (in the case of acacia) and high knife-harmful silica content (in the case of teak), but because they have become so common, and because they are affordable, decided to include them in this review to see as they would perform against the maple options in some real tests. The board also holds better because the fibers can be reset after the knife has been pulled away; an end grain board can still scratch, but they will not be as heavy as on a rim grain board under the same conditions. Plastic pick: errors, but no reviews treat two main problems: counter-slipping, if the board is used only with its rubber feet and without a towel under it, and knife scars. The Best Affordable Wooden Chopping Board: Ironwood Gourmet Acacia End-Grain Prep Station At a fraction of the cost of the above boards, this Acacia End Grain Chopping Board will do its job more than well enough. The best wooden cutting board: Proteak Rectangular Edge-Grain Cutting: Michael a wood option, we recommend the striking and sophisticated Proteak Rectangles Edge-Grain cutting board. As we did our tests, we saw how well the plastic cutting boards fit into a standard dishwasher and whether they warped after washing and drying. The processing is self-evident: the wood has been finely sanded, the edges and corners are neatly beveled, and the pieces of wood themselves are all flawless without seeing any major cracks, chips, dents or knots. Plastic panels in comparison with wood will find boards made of a number of materials, but according to our experts, plastic and wood are the best for most kitchens. Unless you are ready to clean your germplagued phone before and after placing it on the board, we strongly recommend keeping it away from all surfaces where you are preparing food. After seeing a downtrend in Amazon reviews for the board and learning more about how the wood dries, splits and cracks, we now recommend a slightly thicker board made of more forgiving materials. Cutting boards, for which the end grain is located on the cutting surface, i.e. where the rings of the tree are visible on the surface, are often referred to as butcher blocks. And they are designed to be convenient with many other.