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Are Cutting Boards Heat Resistant?

Cutting boards are important tools in the kitchen. This article discusses the resistance of cutting boards to heat and to avoid unnecessary damage.

A woman cutting red radish in a marble cutting board.

We all know how important it is to have a cutting board in the kitchen. But what about its heat resistance? Can we use a cutting board to chop cooked food or even place hot pans on it without damaging it? The answer’s not so simple. I tell my audience when we’re discussing which cutting boards are the best to have in the kitchen.

What are the Different Cutting Boards Available?

A cheese on top of a glass cutting board.

Let’s go over what’s on the market to know which materials work in both situations and the types you might want to avoid.

Wooden Cutting Boards

Circular cutting board. cherry tomato and lemon.

Wood is a classic material for cutting boards, but it’s also one of the less heat-resistant options. If you’re careful with your wooden cutting board and don’t subject it to drastic temperature changes, it can last for many years without issue.

If you want to use a wooden cutting board for cutting cooked food or placing hot pans on it, make sure it’s made of hardwood like maple or walnut. Softwoods like pine are more likely to warp and crack under the heat.

Care for your board correctly by oiling it regularly. With proper care, a wooden cutting board can last for decades.

Bamboo Cutting Boards

Yellow and red bell pepper and a bamboo cutting board.

Bamboo is a sustainable material that’s also quite durable, making it a popular choice for cutting boards. It’s similar to wood in terms of heat resistance, so you’ll want to take the same precautions as you would with a wooden board.

Bamboo is harder than wood, so it’s less likely to warp or crack. However, it can still happen if the board is exposed to too much heat. Be especially careful if your bamboo cutting board has any cracks or crevices, as these can trap heat and cause the board to break.

Care for your bamboo cutting board by washing it by hand and drying it immediately. I never put a wood or bamboo cutting board in the dishwasher, as the heat and moisture can cause it to warp.

Plastic Cutting Boards

A woman cutting onions in a plastic cutting board.

Plastic is a durable, heat-resistant material, making it an excellent choice to cut cooked food or place hot pans on. Ones made from polyethylene or polypropylene are safe to use with hot pans and plates. It’s also easy to care for, as you can simply put it in the dishwasher.

One downside of plastic cutting boards is that they’re more likely to dull your knives than other materials. They’re also not as eco-friendly as wood or bamboo.

If you’re looking for a heat-resistant cutting board, plastic is a good option. Just be sure to get one that’s durable and easy to clean.

Glass Cutting Boards

Tempered glass is a heat-resistant material that can withstand high temperatures without shattering. It’s also non-porous, so it won’t absorb stains or odors.

However, glass cutting boards can be rigid on your knives, and they’re not as forgiving if you drop them. They also need to be washed by hand, as putting them in the dishwasher can cause them to break.

Marble Cutting Boards

A piece of marble cutting board on the floor.

These are gorgeous and make a real statement in the kitchen. They’re also heat resistant, making them ideal for cutting cooked food or placing hot pans on.

However, marble cutting boards are heavy and require special care. They need to be washed by hand and dried immediately to avoid staining. You should also avoid putting acidic foods on them, which can cause the marble to etch.

Silicone Cutting Boards

Salt, pepper and rare steak on a wooden chopping board.

Silicone is a heat-resistant, non-slip material that’s easy to clean. It’s also flexible, so it’s less likely to break if you drop it.

One downside of silicone cutting boards is that they’re not as durable as other materials. They can also be hard on your knives.

The Benefits of a Heat-Resistant Cutting Board

Grilled corn in a wooden cutting board.

I find these to be a staple in my kitchen. As someone who loves to cook, I often use the stove and oven at the same time. Having a cutting board that can withstand high temperatures is a lifesaver.

I often use my heat-resistant cutting board to transfer hot pans to the table. This way, I don’t have to worry about placing them on a trivet or towel. It’s also handy for serving food straight from the stove or oven.

If you’re looking for a cutting board that’s durable and heat-resistant, I suggest getting one made of bamboo. These offer the best of both worlds and are easy to care for. Just be sure to oil them regularly to keep them in good condition.