ISSUES / CHALLENGES
- Repeated use of knives on plastic chopping boards create grooves that harbour bacteria. Plastic chopping boards stain easily and require periodic replacement. As they cannot be easily recycled, their disposal contributes to landfill trash.
- Wooden chopping boards can also harbour bacteria. However, if cared for appropriately, they can last indefinitely. Unlike plastic boards, the grooves can also be sanded down, reducing contamination and eliminating the need to throw them away. Using a product with a long useful life will help eliminate the need to use up finite resources such as petroleum, currently used in the manufacture of plastic boards.
- Many wood varieties such as pine and oak are naturally anti-bacterial, and make excellent chopping boards.
DATA SOURCES (LINKS)
"Survival of bacteria on wood and plastic particles: Dependence on wood species and environmental conditions" by Annett Milling, Rolf Kehr, Alfred Wulf and Kornelia Smalla
- Extend the useful life of existing plastic chopping boards by washing after each use with soapy water.
- Here are some tips for the safe use and care of your cutting boards!
- Wooden chopping boards should not be immersed in water for cleaning. Instead, just wipe them down with a soapy wet cloth and dry immediately with a kitchen towel. A periodic wipe-down with plain vinegar or lemon juice will help to remove any bacterial build up and deodorise the board. The board should then be oiled down with a food grade mineral oil. Learn more about keeping your wooden chopping board in great shape:
Increased Item Life
- Find out how these nice boards are made!
- For the real DIY nifty-crafty handymen and women out there, try making a wooden chopping board yourself. Takes a bit of effort, but it sure is fun!
- Consider investing in an oak end grain chopping board.
- An end-grain chopping block helps to keep your knives sharp. With a normal chopping board, the knife will crush against the wood fibres. With an end-grain block, the blade will go between the fibres. Because of this action the blade won’t dull or lose its sharpness, and so will last longer. This action also stops the board from being cut in to which keeps it looking nicer for longer. It also protects it from damage and therefore reduces the need for resurfacing.