Check out our Large wooden chopping boards

Check out our Large wooden chopping boards
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There's good reason to go large when buying a chopping board 

In the food world, there's an inclination to label this equipment or that ingredient as a must-have. (Food media types such as myself: guilty.) If the ordinary home cook had every one of these must-haves, well, there wouldn't be room for anything else in the house.

But you should really own a large wooden cutting board.

As with a chef's knife, there will hardly be a dish that comes out of your kitchen that doesn't require at least one cutting board.

Think big for safety reasons. The last thing you want is a crowded workspace. If you don't give yourself plenty of room, you're more likely to injure yourself with a knife when food starts piling up - try to keep your board as clear as possible in general - and you adjust your slicing motion or hands in awkward ways. Plus, who wants to be chasing food all over the counter? A larger wooden board - about 35 by 50 centimetres - is also likely to be a bit heavier, so it won't slide around as easily. (Put a wet paper towel or piece of shelf liner under the board if it has a tendency to move on you.)

Food isn't necessarily small, and your board shouldn't be, either.

Also, sometimes you're just going to have to cut or carve something large. Think about a pumpkin, or your Thanksgiving turkey. Even some long celery ribs. Food isn't necessarily small, and your board shouldn't be, either.

Wood is better for your knives. Plates and counters are not kind to your blades, which can be dulled on such hard surfaces. Wood and plastic are durable enough to withstand abuse while not affecting the knives. You can wash your wooden board in hot soapy water (just don't let it soak), but apply a layer of mineral oil every so often to keep it from drying out and from absorbing moisture from whatever you're cutting.

A wooden board can serve multiple uses in your kitchen. You've got a built-in serving platter, whether it's for the crudites you just cut on it or a few wedges of cheese. Even a sliced loaf of bread can look that much better on a board. A large board placed over the sink can also serve as auxiliary counter space when you're cooking and run out of room to put ingredients or tools. Leaning up against a wall, a beautiful wooden board also just looks good.

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