Cutting boards are one of those kitchen necessities we all take for granted. Think about how often you use a cutting board and don’t think twice about it. Odds are that you use a cutting board every time you prepare a meal. Cutting boards protect your counters from scratches keeps food preparation sanitary. The simplest boards are best for light slicing and dicing and often double as serving boards for presenting cheese, crackers, fruit and other various appetizers. If you’re going to be using a carving knife, a meat cleaver you want to step up to a butcher block type of chopping board. Some cutting boards come with channels cut into the surface of the board that collect the juice of your meat to prevent a mess all over the counter.