A lot of our customers want to know if wood is the best thing to be using. We are here to say, yes, wood is the best thing to use with everything. This will be a 3 part post where we talk about why wood is is the best thing to use for cooking, why it's the best material for furniture, toys, and other products, and why it is good for the environment. Without further ado, Why wood is the best material for cooking!
There are many concerns about using wood to chop on. Will it dull the knife? Will they show all the cut marks? Do wood cutting boards store a lot of bacteria? In short: wood is the best thing to chop on. The woods used in all of these cutting boards are some of the hardest hardwoods around. But there is a trade off when it comes to chopping blocks, either your knife goes or your board goes. However, the wood cutting boards here at Ode to Wood are the happy medium. They won’t dull your knives and marks will be minimal. Especially with the proper wood cutting board care (oil, oil, oil), your board will stay looking pretty for generations.
As for bacteria, there have been many studies done to show the benefits of chopping on wood versus other materials. A study at UC Davis by Dean O. Cliver confirmed that even after washing, wood cutting boards had LESS bacteria than plastic cutting boards. Feel free to read the full article here! You don't want to use class cutting boards because there is a chance the glass could chip and get in the food. Metal or stone cutting boards will definitely dull your knives quickly. Wood is the best thing to chop on.
If you have a wood cutting board be sure to take care of it. The main way to get all the benefits of using wood is to take care of everything. Check out our cutting board care page to figure out how to properly maintain your cutting board. And come back tomorrow to read part 2 of Why Wood where we talk about why wood furniture and other wood products are the best things since sliced bread!