Irrespective of how we cook or how often we cook, we all need a cutting board to cut, chop, and slice ingredients. Our cooking actually begins on a surface for slicing bread, chopping veggies or deboning all sorts of proteins. In short, all culinary masterpieces much rely on cutting boards.
However, unfortunately, this kitchen essential doesn’t get the love and care it deserves. Our cutting boards need proper upkeep to prevent them from bacteria and unpleasing odors. You don’t need to put daily efforts, but at least once a week you should do it. This is because the key to hygienic food is the proper cleaning, disinfection, and maintenance of cutting boards. However, proper cleaning of cutting boards much depends on its type.
Types of cutting boards
Cutting boards come in a variety of materials, so first, you need to determine which material is right for your kitchen and how it should be cleaned. In general, there are two types of cutting boards: nonporous and wood.
Nonporous: Nonporous cutting boards are mostly used for cutting up meat, poultry, and seafood, as they are non-absorbent. These are made of plastic, resin, marble, and glass, which are easy to clean.
Wood: Wooden cutting boards look prettiest, and are naturally anti-microbial. If rightly treated, they can tolerate all sorts of abuse. However, wooden boards absorb juices from raw and cooked proteins. These are best suited for herbs, vegetables, fruit, bread, and cheese.
Cleaning cutting boards
It is important to properly clean and disinfect the cutting board so as to remove food residues. The nonporous cutting board can be easily cleaned and sanitized by simply putting them into a dishwasher. However, a wood cutting board should not be washed in the dishwasher, as it will absorb excess water.
Maintaining Wooden Cutting Board
To clean and disinfect your wood cutting board, follow some easy and simple steps.
- Wash your cutting board often
It is best to wash your board after every use. But never let your wooden board lie dirty in the sink or submerged in water. It’s best to simply hand wash it with warm water and dishwashing soap.
- Lemon, salt, and vinegar to disinfect
To clean and disinfect your board, you can use some common household materials. You can scrub the board surface with kosher salt and a half of lemon to deep clean, deodorize, sanitize and remove stains. Moreover, to get rid of germs and odors, wash your board with vinegar and hot water.
3. Dry your board vertically
After rinsing, a wooden cutting board should always be dried vertically. If you left your board flat after cleaning, it will deteriorate and impact your chopping experience.
4. Re-oil wood chopping board
Wood boards are vulnerable to cracking, therefore, they should be monthly re-oiled. Simply rub food-grade mineral and other oils all over the board using a paper towel and dry it vertically. The oil penetrates the surface and wood soaks it, which helps in avoiding unwanted liquids from soaking into the board. Apart from oil, some specific creams are also available to create barriers on board cutting surfaces and seal up cracks.
If given proper care, wood cutting-board stays with you for years. However, like your other kitchen stuff, cutting boards won’t last forever. With time, they are bound to become splintered, warped, grooved or cracked. Hope you find these tips useful in maintaining your cutting board and keeping your kitchen workspace germ-free.