When it comes to quality kitchenware, an end-grain butcher block or cutting board has many benefits over a plastic cutting board:
- Less Bacteria
Because wood absorbs water, it dries more quickly than plastic and gives bacteria less time to survive.
The cuts in plastic cutting boards hold water and allow bacteria to breed. End-grain wood re-seals itself and closes any cuts in the wood which prevents the growth of bacteria.
Although plastic cutting boards are lighter weight and can be put in the dishwasher, the weight of a thick end-grain butcher block keeps the board from sliding or moving when you are cutting with a sharp knife.
Cleanup of a quality cutting board is a breeze! You just need some water (and a little soap if necessary) to wipe down your butcher block with a towel or a gentle sponge.
Although plastic cutting boards have their place in the kitchen, a quality wooden end-grain butcher block not only looks great, but is also safer and more sanitary.