One of the most important things you need for preparing a meal is a good cutting board. But do you want wood? Bamboo? Plastic? And how much should you spend? Sure you'll use a cutting board a lot, but should you shell out your life savings? Turns out, you don't have to spend big to get a great product.
We recently asked a professional chef to test 10 popular cutting boards in varying materials, sizes, and designs to determine which is actually the most desirable for any kitchen. And the overall winner would up being our top choice for the best value as well.
The Totally Bamboo Kauai Cutting Board only costs $17.84 on Amazon. This board is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it passed our rigorous tests with flying colors. This 14.5" x 11.5" bamboo board is the perfect size to fit virtually anywhere and tackle most any prep work. While it was heavy enough that it stayed put while being used, it's also light enough that you won't dread the thought of cleanup.
For less than $20, you'll get a cutting board that could last as long as a decade, with the proper care. The best way to prevent warping or splitting is to always hand wash the board, never leave it in water, and treat it with food-grade mineral oil ($9.95 on Amazon) regularly.
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