Give These Kitchen Objects Some Much Needed TLC This Weekend - Apartment Therapy

Give These Kitchen Objects Some Much Needed TLC This Weekend - Apartment Therapy
From The Kitchn - August 11, 2017

How often do you think about your cutting boards? Probably not very often, but you likely use them every day. If you are like me, you probably have several cutting boards, some plastic and some wood. Whichever you use, keeping them free of bacteria through proper cleaning, disinfecting, and maintenance is key to a food-safe kitchen.

Types of Cutting Boards

Plastic cutting boards are nonporous and, therefore, it seems like they'd be among the cleanest options. However, scientific studies have found that "more bacteria are recovered from a used plastic surface than from a used wood surface." Moreover, a knife-scarred plastic cutting board is impossible to properly clean unless it's run through the dishwasher. Experts recommend using plastic boards for cutting meat for the very reason that they can be disinfected in high heat in a dishwasher.

Although wooden cutting boards are porous, they are easier to keep free of surface bacteria. Bacteria disappear into the wood, where they do not multiply and, rather, gradually die. Even knife-scarred wooden surfaces behave in this way.

Glass, Granite, and Other Materials
Cutting boards made from these materials are quite damaging to the sharp blades of a knife and are not recommended. Dulling knives presents its own kitchen hazard.

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How to Clean Cutting Boards

Cutting boards should be cleaned every time they are used. Even if you have a chopping block that always sits out on the counter, it should be washed after each use so that bacteria does not grow and contaminate food the next time you use it.

Plastic cutting boards
Plastic cutting boards should ideally be washed in the dishwasher since it's not possible to properly clean one that has knife cuts in it manually. If you choose to use plastic cutting boards, make sure to have a few on hand in case you need to use another cutting board before the dishwasher is run. If you do not have a dishwasher, scrub your board under hot water with dish soap and follow instructions in the next section to disinfect.

Disinfecting Your Cutting Boards

Deodorizing and Refreshing Wooden Cutting Boards

Oiling Your Wooden Cutting Board

When to Replace Your Cutting Board


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