A cutting board is an essential tool in the kitchen since it provides a safe and sanitary place to prepare ingredients for a meal. Cutting boards also protect counter tops as well as knife blades. They make a nice platter to serve appetizers and bread and can act as a trivet for hot dishes. Cutting boards are usually made out of wood or plastic. Both types have their advantages and it really depends on your need and preference when choosing which one to use.
Wood Cutting Boards
Wood cutting boards tend to be heavier and sturdier, so there is less of a chance they will move around on the counter when chopping and dicing ingredients. Wood adds warmth to the kitchen and can be a cherished heirloom to be passed down to future generations. Wood cutting boards are available in a variety of types of woods, stains, sizes, and shapes so you can easily find one that fits your needs. Wood is a bit more high maintenance and takes some care in preserving the finish.
Plastic Cutting Boards
Plastic cutting boards are light weight and can even be flexible. They can be easily lifted, so this makes transferring ingredients to a pan easy and clean-up a snap. Plastic just needs a wash and rinse and they are ready for the next use. The sky’s the limit when it comes to color, shape, and size of plastic cutting boards. With plastic, it is easy to add a pop of color to your kitchen decor.
Made in USA
When shopping for a wooden or plastic cutting board, there are many made in USA choices. Whether you prefer plastic or wood, or both, there is sure to be an option that will suit your needs. Check out this roundup of 9 made in USA cutting boards!
1. Epicurean Gourmet Cutting Board – 17.5″ x 13″ – $64.99
Epicurean sets the standard for today’s well-equipped kitchen with premier cutting surfaces and essential utensils. Since 2003, Epicurean has revolutionized the kitchenware market by developing an array of wood-based products that range from dishwasher-safe cutting boards to stylish food preparation tools and advanced kitchen storage solutions. The company’s signature material is made with multiple layers of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood fibers, compressed with a food-safe resin. Epicurean has also introduced a line of Eco Plastic products that utilizes 100% post-consumer recycled milk jugs. All of Epicurean’s products are made in the USA. Environmentally friendly and durable materials, innovative designs, and superb craftsmanship ensure they will last through years of rigorous daily kitchen use!
Epicurean’s Gourmet Series Cutting Boards have a slightly thicker profile (3/8″) and heavier weight to give you the confidence to cut and chop with gusto. The cutting surface is knife friendly, which means it is soft enough to not bend the edges of a knife, but a blade will score the cutting surface. The boards feature an inset juice groove on one side and a flat food prep surface on the other. They are dishwasher safe and heat resistant to 350 degrees. The Gourmet Series is available in three sizes: 14.5 x 11.25, 17.5 x 13, and 19.5 x 15. Three colors are also available: Natural, Nutmeg, and Slate. The Gourmet Series Cutting Boards range in price from $49.99-$74.99.
2. J.K. Adams Co. The American Cutting Board – 15″ x 10″ – $32
J.K. Adams Company manufactures high-quality wooden cutting boards, entertaining products, rolling pins, and wine racks. J.K. Adams Co. products are a favorite of people who are passionate about their kitchen, about the food they make and the connections made while entertaining with good food and good friends. There is no substitute for a J.K. Adams product. Every single board, bowl and rack is crafted by hand and bears the signature of the company’s team of skilled Vermont artisans. Each product comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. J.K. Adams Co. products are designed to be functional, sustainable and timeless— for you and for generations of cooks to come.
The J.K. Adams Co. American Cutting Board collection is a line of classically designed cutting boards produced from sustainably grown and harvested Vermont Ash. This simple and attractive cutting board makes a striking, functional addition to any kitchen. The American Cutting Boards are made from Vermont ash wood and finished with teak oil. The craftsmen apply the finishing touches to bring out the unique beauty of the wood grain-this will quickly become your favorite everyday cutting board. Five sizes are available retailing from $16-$45.50.
3. John Boos Oval Maple End Grain Chopping Block – 20″ x 15″ – $229.95
John Boos & Co. is the leading manufacturer of butcher block and stainless steel gourmet and foodservice products in the U.S.A. Boos has been in business continuously since 1887. It was in his Effingham, IL blacksmith shop that founder, Conrad Boos first invented what would become the original Boos Block. Having harvested sycamore from local wooded areas, and processed it in his sawmill, Conrad brought it to his blacksmith shop for finishing. That first block of sycamore slab placed on three legs evolved with sheer purpose of a block to absorb the shock of this smith’s hammer against the anvil. It was the local butcher, who having seen and admired Conrad’s block, became impassioned about owning a block for his meat market. Unknowingly, Conrad’s son, John, who having made and sold that first block to the local butcher, took John Boos & Co. into the infancy of the 125 year reign of serving customers in the commercial market sector.
The John Boos Oval Maple End Grain Chopping Block is constructed of 2-1/2″ thick hard maple end grain. End Grain Cutting Boards feature the end pieces of wood rails approximately 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ that are glued together into a traditional square pattern. During cutting or chopping, the end grain wood fibers absorb the impact of the knife blade, allowing your knife to stay sharper and your board surfaces to stay smoother. The Oval Maple Chopping Block features a juice groove on one side and a flat work surface on the other. The oval block is encircled by a stainless steel band with handles. The wood has been finished with Boos Block Cream Finish with Beeswax. This is a hefty and sturdy cutting board with the smaller size weighing in at 25 pounds, and the larger at 36 pounds. Two sizes are available: 20″ x 15″ and 24″ x 18.” Retail price ranges from $229.95-$299.95.
4. Kentucky Cutting Boards Four Corner Fleur de Lis Classic Cutting Board – $77.95
Kentucky Cutting Boards inlaid kitchen products (including the cheese and bread and cutting boards as well as the lazy susans) are quite simply, beautiful, functional art at a reasonable cost. These practical yet unique cutting boards make ideal hostess, wedding and holiday gifts. The boards are also useful as sushi boards or serving trays. Worried about knife marks on the inlays? Although it is perfectly safe to cut on any of the boards, you can always cut on the plain maple back and flip over to serve delicious appetizers on the front. The side or back of every Kentucky Board sold is branded with the signature KCB horseshoe “maker’s mark” to identify your piece as an authentic Kentucky Cutting Board.
The Kentucky Cutting Boards solid Appalachian Maple Fleur de Lis Classic Cutting Board is timeless and classic. It’s the perfect hostess gift for the person who loves the Fleur de Lis symbol and appreciates fine craftsmanship. Use for serving appetizers or to bring a loaf of crusty bread to the dinner table. Want to cut on it? Simply flip it over to the plain maple side and flip it back over when it’s time to serve. The Fleur de Lis cutting board comes with either a walnut or cherry design. Every Kentucky Cutting Board features the company’s “maker’s mark” horseshoe brand to ensure authenticity. The board measures 16″ x 12″ x 2″ and retails for $77.95.
5. The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company End Grain Maple Butcher Block – Medium – $139
The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company is known for their cheeseboards, cutting boards & butcher blocks. The company’s mission is to produce products of premium quality and durability that highlight the natural beauty of regular grained and figured wood. Made from solid hardwoods such as Walnut, Hard Sap Maple, Bird’s Eye Maple, and Curly Maple, The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company’s high quality wood products highlight the natural grain and beauty of wood and, at the same time, provide functionality and durability. Most of the wood supply comes from managed forests and the wood is purchased locally to help the Vermont economy.
The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company’s End Grain Butcher Blocks are made from end grain construction, which will prevent the majority of knife marks from showing on the surface. The wood fibers go back together after your knife cuts between them. This form of construction keeps your knives sharper and your cutting surface looking less marred. The End Grain Butcher Blocks are mounted on 4 rubber feet attached with stainless steel screws. The screws will not rust and the feet will not slip when you are using the board. These pieces tend to be heavier so they are a bit less mobile for some people around the kitchen. The Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company’s End Grain Butcher Blocks are available in Maple, Cherry, and Walnut woods and in three sizes: Small (11″ x 7″), Medium (16″ x 9″), and Large (22″ x 13″). The End Grain Butcher Blocks retail from $79-$269.
6. Edward Wohl Woodworking & Design Bird’s-Eye Maple Cutting Board – #6 – $162
Edward’s Wohl’s work is known for its masterful design, seamless joinery and liquid-smooth finish. Master woodworker and designer Edward Wohl graduated from Washington University in 1967 with a BS degree in Architecture. He has been designing and building graceful wood furniture since 1970. He has designed a variety of limited-production pieces including blanket chests, stools, benches and coffee tables and an extensive line of bird’s-eye maple cutting boards, which are sold in shops and galleries worldwide.
Edward Wohl’s solid bird’s-eye maple cutting boards are unlike any you’ve seen. Each board is crafted by joining sections from a single piece of specially selected, figured bird’s-eye maple, so the wood tone and figuring are consistent throughout. Each is precision-shaped and beveled for graceful shape and balance. Individually hand-sanded and finished to a sensual silkiness, each board is an art object designed to add aesthetic and utilitarian pleasure to your daily life. Some owners display their cutting boards as art and hesitate to use them. However, they are designed to provide many years of service and satisfaction; minimal care will preserve their appearance. The Edward Wohl Birds’s Eye Maple Cutting Board is available in numerous sizes and shapes. The #6 board measures 12.5″ x 22.5.”
7. Preserve Cutting Board – Large – $15
Preserve is the leading maker of performance driven and stylish 100% recycled household products. Preserve is powered by the recycling efforts of individuals and companies collecting #5 plastic–such as yogurt cups and other common household containers–via Preserve’s Gimme 5 program. The Gimme 5 program collects and transforms #5 plastics into new Preserve products. All recycling and manufacturing is done in the USA.
Preserve cutting boards are dishwasher safe and made in the USA from 100% BPA free, recycled #5 plastic. The unique curve of the Cutting Board handle makes food transfer easy and its surface is gentle on knives. The Cutting Board is available in small (10″ x 8″) and large (14″ x 11″) sizes. The small retails for $11 and the large for $15. The Cutting Board come in red, green, white, and orange colors.
8. Tableboards by Spinella Utility Board – Large Walnut – $29.95
Tableboards by Spinella is based in the Midwest, and like most companies, began with an idea. The idea was to create exceptional wood kitchen products Made in the USA, which bring together elegance, durability and functionality when preparing and serving food to family and friends. From the flagship Tableboards, to the durable cutting boards, to the beautiful pastry board and all products in between, all products are designed for people who care about making the experience of preparing food and eating together fun and special.
The Tableboards by Spinella Utility Board is designed for the chef in every home. These beautiful, versatile and tough U-Boards are made of solid maple wood with a walnut or cherry wood accent. The durable construction and eye catching design give the U-Boards a unique look and serve as a practical tool for any kitchen. The U-Boards are a proud product of the USA and are handcrafted by the Amish community in Iowa. The boards are 1″ thick and come in small (7-1/4″ x 7-1/4″) and large (14-1/2″ x 7-1/4″) sizes. The boards retail from $24.95-$29.95.
9. Magic Slice Chop #2 – Gourmet – $9.99
Magic Slice cutting boards are flexible, thin, lightweight, and non-slip. Great for chopping, dicing, mincing all types of foods. After chopping, simply roll up Magic Slice Cutting Board and use as funnel to slide food into pan or bowl. Attractive art is colored through the thickness of the board so no cut marks show! Protects counter surfaces from stains. Patented Magic Slice non-slip backing does not slide on your counter. Wine, coffee, oils, juices, and odors cannot penetrate surface. Antibacterial properties built right into the plastic. BPA and latex free. Easy to clean with soap and water.
The Magic Slice Chop #2 flexible cutting board is part of the Contemporary line of products. The Contemporary line has many bright and modern designs to choose from. Other design collections include Chefs, Destinations, Floral, Fruit & Vegetables, Hawaiian, Roosters, and Wine. The Magic Slice cutting board is available in bar size (5″ x 7″) and gourmet size (12″ x 15″). The cutting boards retail from $6.99-$9.99.