A maple cutting board is a necessary item of practical use and should be present in every kitchen worth its salt. Why should you buy a maple cutting board specifically? Well that is because it is a great item as it is durable, strong enough to withstand daily exposure to knives and looks very beautiful. It is better you buy a cutting board that is made out of a solid chunk of maple wood because these will not warp or disintegrate like boards which are formed out of thin strips of wood which are then glued together.
Such a maple cutting board will not lie flat perhaps because of the natural curve of the wood but you can easily use the other flatter side for chopping with great effect. Buy a maple cutting board that has a customized trough cut into the side so that the juices that run from the meat and vegetables that are cut on it are collected and can be used to make stock etc. Such a maple cutting board is reminiscent of the rustic cutting boards of the past and lend your kitchen a traditional and shabby chic feel to them. Rubbed to a gleaming finish with olive oil and well sanded to ensure no chips or shards stick out, these cutting boards are certainly sought after.
The durable nature of a maple cutting board also makes it a good investment even if you have to pay a slightly higher price for it. Quality after all, comes with a price. The long life of this variety of cutting board also makes it a worthy item for gifting purposes – it is a handy and attractive addition to every kitchen. The wood also ensures that not only does the board not suffer deep scratches etc., but it also protects the sharpness of the knives that are used. A wood cutting board is any day a better idea than a plastic one for this very reason, not only do they protect the knives but they are also easy to clean. The grooves in a plastic cutting board will harbor bits and pieces from the items that are cut on it and these will eventually fester and get infected and serve as a warm breeding place for germs which is not good kitchen hygiene in the least. Wooden boards do not let germs breath in the cracks and they eventually die thanks to natural fungus and insect repellent properties of wooden cutting boards. A wash with gentle detergent and a soft cloth wipe afterwards is enough to clean a maple cutting board but a plastic cutting board, despite of diligent scrubbing, will never be wholly clean.
You can also use your maple cutting board for purposes other than chopping and cutting. Use it to serve food as well in an innovative and creative manner. It can double up as a great platter for wine and cheese and you can also serve herbed roast meat on it. This manner of serving is rustic and appealing and is sure to be a hit with all guests and members of the family alike