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    How delicate are end grain cutting boards

    Hi

    Studying end grain boards there is a lot of talk that if you dont clean any water off them immediately after use that they can crack. Im not rough or abusive but ive had one board crack on me already due to nothing more than cleaning it under a running tap and not drying it well enough.

    Should i steer clear of real wood and goto a synthetic board ?

    Alan

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    What kind of wood was the board? How thick was it? Who was the maker?

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    Where did you see "a lot of talk" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by unkajonet View Post
    What kind of wood was the board? How thick was it? Who was the maker?
    I beleive it is maple, not sure of the maker, it was purchased from a reputable professional cookware shop, not high street

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    A good end grain cutting board shouldn't crack on you. For the price of a good knife, you should be able to buy a great board that lasts for decades, if it's properly cared for.

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    If made well,end-grain boards are very durable and will last decades with minimum care. You can't get a better surface for cutting than end-grain board from woods like walnut, maple, cherry and even white oak. Thickness 2".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    Where did you see "a lot of talk" ?
    Seriously, lol.

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    You can read all sorts of stuff out there on the interwebs!
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    If an end-grain board is not treated with oil, and comes in contact with water and absorbs some (say, you got an untreated board and decided to wash it), it will warp.


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    If it bothers you enough, just buy a poly board and some Shuns. You can put both in the dishwasher! That's what they told me at Williams-Sonoma.

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