Choosing the right cutting board for your kitchen can be a tough decision. With options like wood and plastic available, it's important to weigh the pros and cons. In this blog post, we'll delve into the benefits of wood cutting boards and explain why they are often the preferred choice among experts.
Durability and Hygiene: Wood cutting boards offer superior durability compared to their plastic counterparts. Unlike plastic, wood is less likely to be scratched or nicked by knives, preventing the creation of bacteria-harboring grooves. Also, research studies have found that bacteria may be absorbed by the wood and killed off as the board dries. We recommend to always sanitize after cutting any raw meat or poultry. It's also recommended to have a separate boards for meat products.
Knife Care: Wood cutting boards are gentler on knives due to their natural softness. This characteristic helps maintain the sharpness of blades, reducing the frequency of sharpening. Conversely, plastic cutting boards can be hard and unforgiving, leading to quicker dulling of knives.
Environmental Impact: Opting for a wood cutting board is a more environmentally friendly choice. Wood is a renewable resource, while plastic is derived from non-renewable petroleum. Additionally, wood cutting boards can be recycled or composted at the end of their lifespan.
Aesthetics and Personalization: Wood cutting boards exude a natural warmth and beauty that plastic boards simply cannot match. They add a touch of elegance to any kitchen and can be personalized to create unique gifts for special occasions.
While plastic cutting boards may seem convenient and cost-effective, wood cutting boards offer numerous advantages that make them a worthwhile investment. From durability and hygiene to knife care, environmental impact, and aesthetics, wood cutting boards excel in various aspects. So, when you're in the market for a new cutting board, consider choosing wood for a valuable addition to your kitchen.
Remember, it's important to maintain and care for your wood cutting board properly to ensure its longevity and hygiene!
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"Cutting Boards for Food Safety" by Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D. and Katherine M. Jones, Ph.D. North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension.
- "Cutting Boards of Plastic and Wood Contaminated Experimentally with Bacteria" by Nese O Ak, Dean O Cliver, Charles W Kaspar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.