We are now just a little over a month away from the beginning of the holiday season, and you know what that means: time to start planning out some feasts! (OK, it also means you have to begin figuring out travel, shopping for gifts, and preparing for uncomfortable conversations with your weird uncle or in-laws, but we are focusing on the most pressing and fun stuff here.) And as you start meal planning, you’ll quickly realize that no matter the size of your kitchen, the one thing you can’t go without is a really good cutting board. Now, the type of cutting board you buy really depends on personal preference, but either way, you should definitely invest in a new cutting board.
Why are cutting boards so important? Well, they’re pretty irreplaceable. There are plenty of ways to cook a meal, from on a stove or in the oven to a crockpot, microwave, or toaster oven, to name a few examples. But if you want to chop ingredients, and we’re pretty sure you will, there’s nothing that can take the place of a cutting board (unless you’re OK with totally destroying your countertops or table, and that’s your call). Plus, a great cutting board can last years and years, so like we said, it’s a fantastic investment.
Now, to quote ourselves once again, the type of cutting board you buy is really up to you — for a long time, people thought plastic cutting boards were better for cutting meat due to their less porous surface, but studies have shown that in fact wood is just as safe — if not safer — for meat. That’s because while wood cutting boards absorb juices, the bacteria winds up dying instead of multiplying. What’s most important isn’t the type of cutting board, but that you’re buying one cutting board for meat and one for fruits/veggies/cheese and everything else.
Whether you know what type of cutting board you want or you’re still stumped, MASSE is here to help. We’re a platform for and by shoppers, with a community of reviews written by real people who have really used the products. We don’t allow paid reviews or sponsored posts, so you can trust that the cutting board recommendations below are all very legit. We chopped off all the nonsense and left you with only the best types of cutting boards so you can get the holiday cooking started!