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Glass Cutting Board: The Bad and the Good

Glass Cutting Board The Bad and the Good

Glass is a fashionable and slick choice for many when choosing a cutting board. They are extremely easy to clean and won’t leave food traces behind. But are glass cutting boards good in comparison to others? 

Let’s take a closer look at whether glass cutting boards are good for your kitchen.

Glass cutting boards might have some benefits like being aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean. But they are not the best cutting boards to use. Glass cutting boards can at times be slippery and make cutting food difficult and unsafe. They are also known to blunt and chip your knives with repeated use.

Are glass cutting board good?

Glass Cutting boards are among the worst cutting boards you can use. Not only are they more prone to breaking than other materials, but they are also not as safe. Depending on the surface of your glass cutting board food is also more likely to slip.

Two glass cutting boards on a white background

If you have a plain surface glass cutting board, most foods will struggle to gain traction on the board. Foods such as meats or fruits will be a nightmare to cut. This unfortunately raises a safety concern. If your food keeps slipping there is a high chance of accidental injuries.

Glass cutting boards have a hard-tempered surface. As you use your knife continuously on top of it the knife’s edge will start getting dull. Cutting while hitting the glass at a bad angle will cause the knife to chip.

There is also an uncomfortable noise factor that comes from using a glass cutting board. When your knife scratches the glass it can produce a loud scratching sound. Like the sound of scratching a chalkboard.

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Glass cutting board advantages

Nonetheless, glass cutting boards have some benefits, even not being recommended over wood or rubber. For one, and their biggest selling point. They are aesthetically appealing. The design of a dazzling cutting surface will fit in any modern kitchen.

Glass cutting boards are also great for baking, or serving charcuterie and cheese. When baking, using a glass cutting board is great for preparations. You can knead bread, roll pizza bases and work your pastries with ease on a glass surface.

Glass cutting boards are also super easy to clean. When there is flour or baking powder left on the board, you can simply run it under water and rinse it.

Being a non-porous material, glass cutting boards are in some ways safer to use than wood cutting boards. Water and bacteria won’t attach to a glass surface, unlike wood, some species may cause sanitary concerns.

Assuming the glass cutting board was always used very carefully, they will hardly age. With continual use, cutting boards made with other materials degrade in quality. They may fade due to repeated washing and from absorbing water. 

You will most likely need to re-sand and seal your wooden cutting board after a few years. Glass cutting boards don’t need such attention. You do need to be careful that you don’t drop or crack your glass cutting board though. 

What are glass cutting boards used for?

What are glass cutting boards used for

Glass cutting boards are best used for preparing pastries that need a smooth flat surface with little potential for slipping. They are also an ideal charcuterie board choice.

You can use glass cutting boards as protection for your counters, or place a stovetop kettle on it. It’s perfect for placing a casserole straight out of the oven on the dining room table as well.

Avoid using a glass cutting board when preparing foods such as chicken, fish, red meats, or fruits. Basically, avoid cutting on them.

If you have invested in a great set of knives it’s also advised to avoid using a glass cutting board. As mentioned early, glass cutting boards have a habit of ruining a sharp knife’s edge.

In summary, glass cutting boards are good for:

  • Kneading or preparing foods 
  • Protecting your counters
  • Serving food

What cutting boards do chefs use?

What cutting boards do chefs use

You will find professionals using primarily two kinds of cutting boards. The obvious choice is wood, and the other is rubber. If your target audience is more experienced in food preparation. Selling end grain hardwood cutting boards that are nice to blades and resistant to rot is highly recommended. Such as teak.

Rubber cutting boards have gained massive popularity among professionals in recent years. They are equally nice to a knife’s edge, are water resistant, and are simple to clean. Rubber cutting boards are mostly manufactured in Japan, they are pricey alternatives to wood, but favored nonetheless.

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How to choose a cutting board to sell

When it comes to choosing what cutting boards are best to sell you need to consider a few things. People frequently hunt for cutting boards that complement their homes and meet their practical needs.

Today’s consumers desire items that are aesthetically pleasing, simple to use, and won’t clutter up their kitchens. In light of this, the three types of cutting boards that customers most frequently purchase are plastic, rubber, and wooden.

Wooden cutting boards often catch the eye of a buyer because of their natural grain look. Let’s face it, a beautifully crafted wooden cutting board complements every kitchen. A standard wooden cutting board also fits in an affordable price range for many. An end-grain teak wood cutting board is a wonderful illustration of a cutting board that will garner notice.

End Grain Teak Cutting Board with Rounded Corners NCW21215
End Grain Teak Cutting Board with Rounded Corners

People buy rubber cutting boards mainly because of their minimalistic characteristics. They are very convenient as well. Rubber cutting boards are quite durable and can be folded and put in a drawer. They don’t slide on surfaces and are kinder on your knives than wood or glass. 

Plastic cutting boards are the most affordable boards out of the three. They are easy to use and easy to store. With continual use, they do unfortunately get damaged. Plastic cutting boards scratch easily and cannot be repaired. They also blunt your knives over time. 

Glass cutting boards also sell well, because of their look. Many people buy glass cutting boards because they are modern and fit well into their kitchens. They don’t consider the practical aspects of the cutting board like a chef would.

In the long run, you will turn a better profit by selling items that come onto the market at an affordable price. You also need to meet the need which the people are looking for. That would make cutting boards such as wood and rubber your main sale products. 

Final thoughts

Let’s wrap up. Glass cutting boards are not the greatest cutting boards to have in your kitchen. They do have benefits such as being able to handle heat well and are great for serving snacks. For preparing food, though, they are not great. Cutting boards such as rubber or wood cutting boards are a much better choice.

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