Custom cutting boards are a must have if you love cooking. Essentially a necessity, a cutting board can be customized and personalized to be a kitchen accessory when it is not being used for chopping and a custom cutting board can be a fantastic gift for someone you love. Made of wood – custom cutting boards can be made according to your needs – if you are someone who does a lot of cutting and chopping – both meat and vegetables, then a standard store bought chopping board will not be useful at all.
If you are investing in custom cutting boards for yourself, opt for large blocks of wood and put your carpentry skills to test. DIY or do it yourself projects are always fun and this way you will get exactly what you want. Wood has always been the best choice for custom cutting boards because they do not harbor any germs for long – whereas plastic does. Suppose you use your cutting board for meat, a wooden cutting board is less risky than a plastic one and all you need to be careful about is to scrub the surface with hot water and soap when you are done to rid it of germs etc. Knives will make grooves and cuts on both wood and plastic chopping boards but the germs tend to thrive in the warm confines of the plastic ones, making it a health hazard of sorts, even if you are careful about washing the board after use. On wood boards, studies have shown that the bacteria dies in a matter of three to four minutes!
That apart, custom cutting boards add great personality to your kitchen. If you grill or cook meat often, why not go for a cutting board that is shaped like a cow? Engrave your name or your family’s names on the board or add their initials to it. Do not use it merely to chop food, use it to serve as well. A platter of cheese and crackers, served with a bottle of wine and aesthetically appealing glasses, all prettily arranged on a large custom board will surely draw the attention of your evening guests. Serve an array of dips along with cut vegetables or indeed, serve a juicy roast of chicken along with necessary accompaniments on a cutting board for a rustic touch to your dinner or lunch. Some custom cutting boards also come with specially designed spaces to hold bottles and glasses. It is quite a handy, multi-purpose addition to your kitchen!
The best thing about custom cutting boards is that you can also easily make them – or get them made – in different designs and patterns. You can get them in various designs, especially if you look online – where you will get great deals and discounts as well. Checkerboard patterns, zig-zag patterns, stripes and random waves on custom cutting boards are not uncommon. Names, portraits and other patterns can be engraved on them, they can be carved in interesting designs or the natural grain of the wood can be left untouched save for a bit of polish, to make your cutting board one of a kind!