What Makes a Great Walnut Cutting Board

June 13, 2024 5 min read

What Makes a Great Walnut Cutting Board

What Makes a Great Walnut Cutting Board

In the world of kitchen tools, few items blend functionality and beauty like a walnut cutting board! Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, these cutting boards showcase exceptional craftsmanship and the use of food-safe glues for a strong, lasting bond. The natural beauty of the walnut wood, with its richness and exquisite grain, adds sophistication to any kitchen. A staple in both professional kitchens and at home, these dark wood wonders are so much more than just chopping surfaces — they also look great on your counter. A walnut wood cutting board makes for a unique addition to any space and will last for years to come!

Walnut Cutting Board

The dark, rich beauty of walnut wood is at the heart of what makes the best walnut cutting board. With its deep, rich brown color and varying shades, walnut boasts a look that is both classic and contemporary.

Whether you display it on your kitchen countertop or use it as a backdrop for your favorite charcuterie and cheese boards, a walnut wood cutting board will take your kitchen to the next level.

Walnut vertical cutting board with name Mari's cutout on top and the word Kitchen cutout on right side

A great walnut cutting board is just as functional as it is eye-catching. The rich color and distinct grain patterns found in walnut wood are part of what sets it apart — like many hardwoods, walnut is also naturally antimicrobial due to a compound called juglone. Our cutting boards feature edge grain butcher block construction, which enhances durability and natural beauty, and prevents warping. The walnut wood we use is of the highest quality, sourced from trusted suppliers and crafted by expert craftsmen with great attention to detail. Plus, it won’t dull your knives and is easy to maintain with proper care. Upgrade your favorite appetizer spread and serve it on a walnut cutting board!

Here at Words with Boards, we’re all about customization. All of our cutting boards can be personalized— they’re great gifts for loved ones, or yourself!

What You'll Love About a Walnut Wood Cutting Board

As mentioned, walnut wood is quite beautiful on its own. You can customize the thickness of your cutting board, with options ranging from 1 1/8" inch to 1 3/4" inches for our meat board. If you want a specific thickness just let us know. We love our walnut furniture, so a cutting board in the same hues complements the decor of our home perfectly. There’s something so elegant about dark wood, isn’t there? If agree, you’ll want to pick one up for your kitchen.

End grain walnut cutting board

The Best Walnut Cutting Board is…

  • Durable and long-lasting: Walnut is known for its hardness and denseness. It will stand the test of time — you won’t find many knife marks even after continued use. Another unique aspect of walnut wood is its ability to self-repair! Light cut marks tend to close up over time so that you always have a smooth surface to work with.

  • Antimicrobial properties: According to a study from the National Library of Medicine, like other hardwoods, walnut can naturally reduce the growth of bacteria faster and more completely than a plastic alternative.  This makes it a great board material for chopping raw meat and seafood. You’ll have to clean and maintain it, of course, but when you do, you’ll have a hygienic surface to work with at all times.

  • Versatile and customizable: Use it for charcuterie, cheese boards, or even for serving dessert. The best walnut cutting board will support all of your culinary endeavors, and provide you with an excellent presentation option.

  • Butcher block cutting boards: These boards are known for their premium quality and durability. Made from the finest solid wood, they offer customization options such as size, thickness, finish, and additional features like juice groove and feet. Crafted with attention to quality by local Mennonite woodworkers, they are built to last.

  • Eco-friendly: Walnut wood is often considered one of the most sustainable options when it comes to using products made from wood. Why? Because the trees grow very quickly compared to other varieties!

  • Makes a wonderful gift: Personalization transforms a practical kitchen tool into a memorable gift! They’re great for weddingsanniversariesbridal showers, and other occasions. Add the couple’s names, initials, or an important date for an intimate touch they’re sure to love.

walnut wood lazy susan, personalized with names

Personalized Walnut Cutting Board

Adding custom names, words, and images to a walnut wood cutting board will make it even more special. Our current stock of walnut cutting boards offers a variety of options, ensuring you can find the perfect one for customization.

The majority of our cutting boards are available in walnut and in a range of sizes. They’re perfect for gifts (talk about a unique wedding present), and you can make one for yourself to commemorate an occasion — or just because.

You have the option to add words (up to 15 characters) and cut out or engraved imagery. Is someone in your life totally beach obsessed? Or perhaps they love animals? We have something for everyone!

How to Care for Your Cutting Board

Caring for a walnut wood cutting board is very easy.

After each use, clean it with a damp cloth and mild dish soap, then rinse with warm water. Avoid soaking it in water and do not put it in the dishwasher.

We recommend that you apply a food grade mineral oil to it every few weeks to keep it looking its best.

Food Grade Lemon Wood Cutting Board Oil

You also may consider designating one side for cutting and the other for displaying. Following these simple steps will ensure that your board lasts for years and looks great for serving!

Walnut Wood Cutting Board Frequently Asked Questions

Why use a walnut cutting board?

As we have discussed above, boards made from walnut are durable, eco-friendly, naturally antimicrobial, and hard enough to withstand repeated use. Plus, small cuts tend to heal up, keeping things smooth! Walnut also has natural germ-fighting powers, which will help keep your food prep clean.

Walnut Wood Long Horizontal Cutting Board with cake-like bread on top. The letter D is cutout in scroll font on the left hand side.

What is the difference between walnut and maple cutting boards?

Although walnut is a very hard variety of wood, it is softer than maple. Walnut is dark and boasts intricate grain patterns, while maple is lighter without as much visible grain. The former is gentle on knives, while the latter is a bit more scratch resistant.

Each one has its own unique benefits — we also have many maple cutting boards to choose from!

Can you cut meat on a walnut cutting board?

Absolutely! Its durability and hardness make it a solid choice for cutting meat. The USDA's meat and poultry hotline states that a wooden or non-porous cutting board is your best bet — make sure to clean the board thoroughly after each use to avoid any food borne illnesses. 

serving board, walnut

That said, you may want to save one cutting board for meat and use another one for fresh produce. Keep in mind produce can also be a carrier of bacteria.  

Summing it Up

A walnut board can be used for a myriad of things, from practical uses like chopping and dicing to serving your favorite meats and cheeses. 

Whether you're looking for a functional tool, a personalized gift, or an eco-friendly choice, the best walnut cutting board will give you the perfect blend of beauty and functionality. Grab one as a gift and then one more to keep for yourself!


Kim Strassner
Kim Strassner

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