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A FRESH Point of View: Choosing the Right Cutting Board

Cutting boards are one of the most important tools in the kitchen.  However, with the numerous options available today, shopping for one can be a challenge.  Knowing the basics of the materials, shapes, and care requirements can help make the purchase easier.  Below are some details that I hope will help you pick out the perfect cutting board for your kitchen.

There are three general materials categories – glass, plastic and wood.

Glass boards are attractive to leave on display as they are patterned to suit almost any decor. They are very durable, resistant to heat, and are the most sanitary and easy to clean. However, glass boards are the hardest on knife edges.

Plastic boards are generally considered the safest as they are the easiest to clean and sanitize.  Plastic is dishwasher safe, providing a huge convenience factor.  However, plastic shows knife marks more easily and there is a greater likelihood of the board harboring bacteria in deep cuts.

Wooden boards are easier on knives but are generally harder to clean and are not dishwasher friendly. They can suffer cuts and cracks which can also harbor bacteria.  Wooden boards were traditionally made of maple hardwoods. Today, however, other woods and patterns are used, and bamboo, which is actually a grass, has become very popular due to its hardness and resistance to bacteria.

At FRESH, we offer three main lines of cutting boards:

Epicurean®

Their cutting surfaces are made from organic fibers which are layered together and pressed with a food-safe resin to form a durable sheet.  They are durable, dishwater safe, and made in the USA. Epicurean® gourmet cutting boards have a slightly thicker profile and heavier weight. They feature a juice groove on one side to keep things tidy and a flat food prep surface on the other.  Their non-slip cutting boards are perfect for smooth, damp food preparation areas. Non-slip silicone corners elevate these boards off of the countertop and hold them in place to prevent them from sliding around.  Lightweight Epicurean® kitchen cutting boards are designed for everyday use and effortless handling. Their thin profile and built-in utility hole make them easy to store in a rack or display on the wall.

Bambu

This company designs and creates home and lifestyle products made from renewable resources. Renewable materials are defined as substances derived from trees, plants or ecosystems which have the ability to regenerate themselves.

Bamboo is a highly renewable material. It is one of the earth’s fastest growing plants. Bamboo needs no replanting, grows without fertilizers or pesticides and is harvested from controlled stands with an astounding growth cycle of three to five years.

Totally Bamboo

Tom Sullivan & Joanne Chen of Totally Bamboo developed the world’s first bamboo cutting board after noting that this material was significantly harder and more durable than maple.

Regardless of the type of material, cutting boards should be washed in hot soapy water immediately after use, and occasionally sanitized by adding chlorine to the water.  Avoid slicing foods with the same board and knife that was used earlier for raw food preparation. Change boards and knives to prevent contaminating other foods.  Finally, always cut raw meats, fish and poultry on a board that is very easy to sanitize.