Pros & Cons Of A Granite Cutting Board

When looking at the different types of cutting boards, it might be easy to get distracted by all the different materials out there.

And while chefs will always vouch for wooden cutting boards for use in a professional kitchen, it can be a little different for home cooks.

Granite and marble cutting boards are not recommended for professionals since they can damage your knife, but for home cooks, it can make for a strong, functional, and very attractive option.

In this article, we’re taking a close look at the pros and cons of granite cutting boards to help you decide if it’s worth investing in one for your kitchen.

Read on to learn more.

Pros

Durability

The most attractive quality of these cutting boards is how durable they are.

Granite or marble cutting boards will be harder than any other material you’ll find out there.

That means that it will survive just about any abuse in the kitchen and can withstand heavy wear and tear.

In fact, a lot of people tell stories of dropping their granite cutting board and finding that it wasn’t damaged whatsoever.

So if you want a tough cutting board for heavy work in the kitchen, this is a great choice.

Aesthetics

The next characteristic people point out in defense of these products is how they look.

It’s undeniable that these boards are very beautiful, with unique patterns and finished that you won’t find anywhere else.

They also would make a great pairing for those who already have granite countertops, which are some of the most popular out there today.

Granite and marble have very distinct aesthetics that are usually associated with classy, well-made kitchens.

So if you’re looking for the right pair for your kitchen and think granite is the way to go, we recommend considering this material for your cutting surface.

Functionality

What a lot of people don’t know is that these products weren’t actually intended to be used as cutting surfaces.

In fact, they are more recommended to be used for rolling dough.

But because of their material, they can be used in a lot of different ways.

They can be used as hot pads, trivets, cutting boards, as well as tools you can use to roll up dough.

Cons

Price

The first thing you’ll notice about these products is that they are expensive.

And this is because these materials don’t come cheap, which is why they are usually associated with classy and prestigious kitchens.

They will cost you much more than just about any wooden or plastic board on the market, but this is an investment that is well worth it if you like the aesthetics and find granite to be a great fit for your kitchen.

But just be ready to pay a fair price for a premium product like this.

Usage

As we mentioned earlier, these products weren’t originally intended to be used for cutting.

They are meant to be used as a dough-roller, and while that might mean they have multiple uses, that also comes with a couple of disadvantages.

For one, since the material is so hard, it tends to damage your knife.

So make sure to take extra care of your blades if you choose these types of boards for your kitchen.

Granite and marble surfaces have been known to dull, chip, and even break blades altogether.

This is why chefs don’t recommend using these products since they can cause a lot of damage to their most important kitchen tool: the knife.

But as long as you make sure to take extra care when slicing and cutting and use durable knives, then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

And if you can, it might be best to keep your granite boards for serving the food and presenting it to your guests or family instead of as a regular cutting board, especially if you don’t want to damage your kitchen cutlery.

Non-Renewable

Lastly, one of the main downsides to granite is that it is a non-renewable material.

Once it is harvested and processed, it will take a really long time to break down and won’t have many other uses.

On top of that, a lot of energy and resources are needed to harvest marble and granite, which is part of the reason they are so expensive.

So if you’ve been trying to keep a close eye on your carbon footprint, this might not be the right product for you.

Conclusion

So there you have it, the good and the bad of granite cutting boards.

If you want to take good care of your equipment and you don’t want to risk damaging your knives or spending a large amount on a cutting board, then this isn’t the material for you.

However, if you enjoy the aesthetic of a granite cutting board, make sure to not use your best knives on it, and are willing to spend a lot on a beautiful kitchen tool, then it might just serve you very well.

Either way, as long as you feel comfortable with the tools in your kitchen, that’s all that will matter at the end of the day.

Last Updated on February 19, 2021 by Andy Wang

My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.