Cutting boards are the workhorses of the kitchen. But they’re equally at dwelling within the eating room or front room, as informal serving platters.
“Boards are just so beautiful and easy,” stated Shelly Westerhausen, the creator of the slicing-board-centered cookbook Platters and Boards (Chronicle Books) and the founding father of the weblog Vegetarian Ventures.
“I’ve always loved the way you can serve a robust meal” — a formidable unfold with a spread of decisions — “but still have it cater to everyone,” she stated, together with visitors with completely different preferences and dietary restrictions.
So why restrict your self to only one? While a single board might actually do double obligation, Ms. Westerhausen really helpful having a number of, some for meals preparation and others for displaying the meal.
“An everyday item that I’m gong to keep handy on my counter,” she stated, “is going to get a lot of wear and tear.”
Unless you’re cautious, she added, you possibly can “end up with a bunch of knife marks” in your favourite serving platter.
What’s the perfect materials for a slicing board? Ms. Westerhausen prefers numerous sorts of wooden and bamboo, however “for a serving board, you could also do marble, slate or pink salt,” she stated.
What’s the best dimension? In the kitchen, “I usually use an 18-by-24-inch, because it’s not too big to store, but also fits well on the counter,” she stated, however smaller is usually higher relating to serving.
Can any slab of wooden function a slicing board? Definitely not. “Make sure that your cutting board has a food-safe finish,” Ms. Westerhausen stated, like mineral oil or beeswax.
Organic Cutting Boards
Shapely slicing boards in oak or maple
From $75 every at Hawkins New York: 844-469-3344 or hawkinsnewyork.com
Slate Cheese Board
Natural stone serving board
$22 at Anthropologie: 800-309-2500 or anthropologie.com
Tumbling Block Boards
Cutting boards made with end-grain maple, walnut and cherry
From $175 each at Jayson Home: 800-472-1885 or jaysonhome.com
Dansk Niklas Round Paddle Board
Acacia wood board with integrated handle
$50 at West Elm: 888-922-4119 or westelm.com
Food52 x Epicurean Precision Cutting Board
Paper composite board with cutting grid and conversion table
$59 at Food52: food52.com
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