Every kitchen needs a cutting board (or five). Here is our favorite one.

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A wood cutting board is an essential tool in any kitchen, and I don’t think you can ever have too many of them. Take a look around my kitchen and you’ll see a pile of cutting boards in different sizes stacked up on my counter. I think the different wood tones and sizes look nice together, and I also like having them within arm’s reach, not only for slicing and dicing, but for serving appetizers and snacks like charcuterie and cheese boards.

The thicker your cutting board, the longer it will probably last. I have several slim bamboo boards, which are attractive and lightweight, but they’re already starting to warp after a year of use. If you’re looking for a board that will go the distance, choose a board that’s at least one inch thick.

Teakhaus makes cutting boards that are as sturdy as they are beautiful. Praised by Wirecutter and Cooks Illustrated, these boards are made from sustainably harvested teak wood and come in a range of sizes and styles.

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I’m partial to this simple rectangular cutting board, which has rounded edges and a handle. For $35, you’ll get a lot of use out of this board and will be happy to see it in your kitchen. The company also makes larger butcher block boards with juice canals, which prevent countertop messes when you’re carving up a freshly-cooked chicken or Thanksgiving turkey.  

Like any wooden cutting board, make sure that you dry it completely in between uses. You can also keep the wood glossy and clean by massaging it with mineral oil once a month. The oil helps prevent the wood from becoming dry, which can lead to cracks and warping.

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