Carving Board Poisoning

 

Is Your Carving Board Making You Sick?

 

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A carving board is an essential element in the preparation of good, healthy food but if it is not sanitized correctly this simple kitchen utensil could become the breeding ground for Salmonella, botulism and other serious bacteria.

Plastic Versus Wood

Originally most chopping boards were made of wood and then there was a gradual migration to plastic cutting boards under the guise that they were more hygienic and easier to clean. This just wasn’t the case.

In the 1980s, Dean Cliver, a researcher for UC Davis (University of California, Davis) researched whether a plastic cutting board was more hygienic than a wooden cutting board and the answer was a clear cut NO.

 

Plastic Cutting Boards: Although they are much easier to sanitize than a wooden chopping board left deep grooves in the surface of the board when cutting, creating the perfect hiding spot for bacteria

 

Wooden Cutting Boards: Wood is harder to sanitize but is generally a harder board – the research showed fewer and more shallow grooves were left in a good quality wooden cutting board

The Type Of Wood Makes A Difference

Hardwoods with fine grains like maple will dull your knife quickly but the fine grain and hardness of wood minimizes grooving where bacteria can thrive.

Soft woods like Cyprus won’t blunt your knife as fast but sustain deep grooves quickly, posing a much greater health risk from bacteria.

What Board Should I Use

The recommendations for cutting boards are:

Use plastic cutting boards for meat and wood cutting boards for fruit, vegetables and all ready to eat foods like cheese or bread.

Cleaning Your Cutting Board

Remember: Plastic and wood are different so you must clean them differently

 

Plastic Cutting Boards

• Rinse the debris off the board

• Put it in the dishwasher where the high temperatures can sanitize it

• Or use soap and water and scrub the cutting board getting deep into all of the grooves

• Sanitize the cutting board with bleach and water (one tablespoon of bleach to four liters of water)

 

Wooden Cutting Boards

• Rinse the debris off the board

• Or use soap and water and scrub the cutting board getting deep into all of the grooves

• Sanitize the cutting board with a quaternary ammonium sanitizer like Mr Clean and water because chlorine binds very easily to wood and is great for killing off bacteria.

 

Note:

Make sure you place your cutting board in a place that it can dry out thoroughly; Bacteria need moisture to grow.


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