Let's talk about Teak Cutting Boards
In my last post, I had some stuff I wanted to get off my chest about a number of websites that inform readers about everything in your kitchen--what's best, what you should get, what's this and that, and the latest trends. Last time, it was Bamboo. This time, let's talk Teak.
I think Teak is a great options, and a lot of people sing its praises for being a pretty durable, food-safe, stable wood for cutting boards. BUT for those who want to support American made, I am very skeptical any teak boards are made in America. Why? Because teak costs an arm and a leg. It's 3 to 4 times as pricey as Walnut and if you've shopped around, you know that a lot of expensive cutting boards are made of Walnut. So how can teak be so expensive as a raw product but so cheap (comparatively) as a product?
Because American Labor at an American Price doesn't make the product. Plus, I am wagering that the import tax on Teak as a raw good is pricier than as a product. Nevermind the fact that Teak doesn't grow in North America.
So, look, I'm not one of those guys that thinks we have to have an economy that only conducts a business with its own nation state, but I did want to let people know that Teak Cutting Boards are being shipped in to the USA from somewhere else (Thailand & India are common).
One other thing--I can't help but be skeptical about the finish I see on a lot of Teak boards. I am not saying this is true, and I am literally making a guess based on what I've seen... but it almost looks like the apply some kind of weird sheen or resin cover to the boards. They just look a little too plastic, IMHO.
Anyway, to close this up, realize that if you're perusing Etsy and you see an item made of Teak, there's a 99% chance that came from oversees. Alright, end rant.