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Cutting Through the Confusion: Comparing Charcuterie Boards and Cutting Boards


Edge -grain cutting board made from walnut and maple with a 45 degree chamfer on the edges
Edge-grain Cutting Board

A charcuterie board and a cutting board are both commonly used in the kitchen, but they serve very different purposes.


A charcuterie board, also known as a meat and cheese board, is a platter or tray used for serving a variety of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and breads. These boards are typically larger and more decorative than cutting boards, and are often made from wood or marble. They are often used for entertaining or special occasions, as a way to showcase a variety of different flavors and textures.


On the other hand, a cutting board is a flat surface used for cutting, chopping, and slicing food items. They are typically made from wood, plastic, or composite materials and come in various sizes and shapes, the most common being rectangular. They are designed to protect countertops from knife marks and provide a stable surface for food preparation. Cutting boards are also designed to be easy to clean and sanitize, often by being dishwasher safe.


It is important to note that while charcuterie boards can be used as a cutting surface, they are not recommended as they are not meant to be used as a cutting surface and may not be as durable as cutting boards. Also, not all cutting boards are suitable for charcuterie boards, as they may not have the necessary size or presentation.


In summary, a charcuterie board is a decorative platter used for serving a variety of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and breads, while a cutting board is a flat surface used for cutting, chopping, and slicing food items. They serve different purposes and should be used accordingly.

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