Cook Better: Butcher Block Cutting Boards for Quick and Easy Chopping

A great cutting board can last a lifetime.

Mushrooms on top of wooden cutting board.
You may not taste the difference, but you’ll be able to see and feel the upgrade in your cuts.Flora Westbrook, Pexels

Wood—firm, sturdy, reliable wood—has been a staple of the kitchen for generations, and there are plenty of reasons why. A high-quality wood butcher block cutting board can last a lifetime with proper care, while also providing a perfect environment for chopping, dicing, slicing and mincing.

John Boos R02 Maple Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board, 24 Inches x 18 Inches x 1.5 Inches
Handcrafted in Illinois, this block can also be flipped over and used on either side.John Boos

Let’s talk grain. When you look at a plank of wood, there are six sides—two of each type. There’s the broad, flat side, like a paddle; there’s the edge, which goes the entire length of the plank; and there’s the end, the short sides that go widthwise. These are referred to as “face grain,” “edge grain” and “end grain.” End grain is the highest quality, and typically the most expensive. Face grain is at the lowest end of the spectrum, and edge grain falls somewhere in the middle.

John Boos Block RA06 Maple Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board, 30 Inches x 23.25 Inches x 2.25 Inches
This product is heavy-duty, but thanks to carved handles on the sides, it’s easy to carry from the counter to the sink.John Boos

Edge grain, a good starting point for a cutting board, stacks planks of wood on their side, cutting them lengthwise. The thin strips of wood are then glued together to form the board. They’re lightweight, which makes them easy to transport, and quite durable compared with face grain boards, which have a tendency to split.

Made in USA, Large End Grain Walnut Wood Cutting Board with Built-in Compartments, Non-slip: 17x13x1.5 with Juice Groove (Gift Box Included) by Sonder Los Angeles
On the reverse of this product, you’ll find three storage cubbies, perfect for your chopped garlic, onion and other prep.Sonder Los Angeles

End grain is the priciest of all, and for good reason. Wood is made up almost of many threads, angling in one direction downwards. So when you slice with your knife, those threads part, making an end grain board incredibly gentle on your knife, while remaining super strong.

Also Consider

John Boos Block RA03 Maple Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board, 24 Inches x 18 Inches x 2.25 Inches
Handcrafted using techniques honed since 1887.John Boos
Large Reversible Multipurpose Thick Acacia Wood Cutting Board: 16x12x1.5 Juice Groove & Cracker/Bread Holder (Gift Box Included) by Sonder Los Angeles
Looking for a sustainable option? The raw material in this product was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.Sonder Los Angeles