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Cutting Board: Wood or Plastic? What you Should Consider When Buying a Chopping Board

Each dish starts with cutting the ingredients. Especially fruit, vegetables, meat and fish need to be cut into appropriate portions. In addition to a sharp knife, the right cutting board is a considerable relief.

The practical kitchen helpers are available in a variety of materials: There are wooden chopping boards, plastic cutting boards, those made of glass and marble plates, which can be used as a cutting board as well. They also differ in shape and size and can vary from small breakfast boards to massive carving boards or chopping blocks. Moreover, they have different details: Cutting boards are available with or without a handle, with a juice groove or a smooth surface and last but not least there are those that can be used on both sides.

With such a large selection it is easy to lose track of what really is important when it comes to cutting boards. Here is an overview of the criteria you should consider when purchasing:

1. The Size of Chopping Boards
2. Cutting Board Materials: Wood, Plastic, Marble or Glass?
3. How to Clean Cutting Boards
4. Hygiene: What Else to Consider
5. Additional Features of Chopping Boards

1. The Right Size for You: From Small Breakfast Boards to Large Cutting Boards

A decisive factor when buying your cutting board is the size. Which one suits you the best depends mainly on what exactly you want to do with it.

Smaller breakfast boards are excellent for cutting fruit for smoothies and wonderfully serve as a tray for appetizers in the evening. The practical thing about those smaller cutting boards is that they usually come in a chopping board set. This way, you can set your table uniformly and easily use the kitchen helpers as dishes. You can find cutting board sets at Rosendahl.

Do you often prepare meat dishes? Then the best cutting board for you is one made of wood. The form plays a subordinate role: Whether you choose a square, rectangular or round cutting board is mainly personal taste. Make sure, however, that it is sufficiently long and wide. This is to avoid that something falls onto the ground. If you want to chop or carve, the height or thickness of the cutting board also plays a role. Chopping blocks and carving boards are characterized by an above-average material thickness to protect your kitchen counters. Excellent products can be found at Raumgestalt and e15, which are known for using only high-quality materials.

2. Cutting Board Materials: Wood, Plastic, Marble or Glass?

Cutting boards are available in various materials: From plastic boards, to glass cutting boards to marble plates. But with no doubt wood cutting boards are the most popular. Which material is the best for you depends to a large extent on how much force you have to apply during the cutting process. Always choose a board that best suits the blade of your knife. The more force you need when cutting, the softer the material of your cutting board should be. Learn more about the properties of each material here:

Marble plates and glass cutting boards are particularly suitable for fruits and vegetables. Because of their smooth surface, they are resistant to food acids and do not absorb odors or flavors. Boards made of glass can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher, whereas marble cutting boards must be washed by hand. This is, however, only a small price, considering that each marble plate is unique because of its pattern. This makes marble arguably the most exquisite out of all materials.

Cutting boards made of wood are not odorless. But that is what many cooks value: They argue that the light wood note is what makes them special. Wood absorbs the smell of food and keeps it longer than other materials. We recommend using a separate cutting board for flavor-intensive ingredients such as garlic and onions. Please note that wooden boards are not dishwasher-proof: therefore you should wash them by hand. Many woods - including bamboo, beech and acacia - naturally have an antibacterial effect. Like marble boards, wooden cutting boards make great serving plates.

Plastic cutting boards impress with their lightness and flexibility. They are easy to clean and dishwasher-proof. Additionally, the boards of plastic are made in various colors. In recent years, the trend has been to produce foldable plastic cutting boards. The ingredients always end up in the pan or the cooking pot. You can find a number of variations at Joseph Joseph. The soft material texture of plastic boards also ensures that the blades of your knives do not become dull as quickly.

3. How to Clean Cutting Boards?

To prevent bacteria multiplying on your cutting board, it should always be cleaned after use. Depending on the material, the requirements for hygienic cleaning of the chopping board differ:

While glass and plastic cutting boards can be cleaned in the dishwasher, it is necessary to wash marble paltes them by hand. Cutting boards made of wood should never immerse under water, as the material may rot then - therefore dishwashing is not an option either. Since many woods have antibacterial properties, soap and a kitchen sponge are all you need. Through proper care you ensure that your wooden board remains a long-lasting and faithful helper for your kitchen.

How to oil cutting boards? Tips for proper maintenance of a wooden board:

  • First apply a mixture of cooking oil - we recommend linseed oil, olive oil and coconut oil - and bees wax to your cleaned and dry wooden board.
  • Allow the mixture to dry overnight.
  • Remove the rests on the following day with a dry cloth.

The oiling ensures that knife cuts are closed and germs can not get inside your wooden board. This way you can prevent the swelling of your cutting board and therefore prolong its lifespan.

4. Hygiene: What else to consider

An important hygiene aspect is cross-contamination: This means that germs pass from one food to another. Read here what you need to consider to prevent cross-contamination:

A Thorough Wash Is Helpful:

Especially if you cut meat, fish and poultry on your cutting board, you should pay attention to thorough hygiene. This prevents germs from contaminating other ingredients. Wash the cutting board carefully. A water temperature of 60 degrees Celsius is recommended. This way most bacteria are killed. As soon as your chopping board is dried, it should be germ-free since the bacteria do generally not survive the process. After that you are free to use your cutting board without any worries.

Use Different Cutting Boards

Plastic boards in particular are available in various colors. A tip: Use a color only for certain foods, for example, red for meat, blue for fish, green for vegetables, and yellow for fruit. Manufacturers like Joseph Joseph take the work off your hands: The Index cutting boards are marked with a symbol for which food the respective chopping board is meant.

5. Additional Features of Kitchen Boards

Cutting boards are not only available in different colors and materials. Even the details, with which some are equipped, differ.

Cutting Boards With a Handle:

Cutting boards with a handle can be found at Eva Solo, Black+Blum and Auerberg. The handle is either integrated in the board or attached to the side of the board. The most obvious advantage of a handle is that it makes the transportation of your cutting board a lot easier. Boards which have a recess in the cutting surface can be easily attached to the kitchen wall. This saves valuable space in smaller kitchens. The designs brands Koziol and Skagerak offer many great products with this particular feature.

The Juice Groove:

The cutting surface has a further detail on many cutting boards: The juice groove. Since the meat juice and the fruit and vegetable liquid accumulate in there, your kitchen surfaces always remain clean. This makes cutting boards with a juice groove particularly useful for those who love to cut fruit with juicy pulp. Products with a juice groove can for instance be found at Rosendahl.

Boards That Can Be Used Both Ways:

Some cutting boards can be used on both sides. The individual sides of the reversible boards may differ, so that the upper side can be smooth, whereas the lower side, for example, has a juice groove.

Rubber Coated Underside:

Straight plastic boards and glass cutting boards often have a rubber coated underside. This makes it impossible for your cutting board to slip when you cut the ingredients. This way you won't get injured.

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