Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Plastic and Wooden Cutting Boards

There are a lot of us that love to cook in the comfort of our own home. From cutting up fresh vegetables and/or meats, to make a homemade meal, or just slicing some fruit to enjoy as a snack. For those people who find themselves in the kitchen often, it's probably a good idea to have a good, long lasting cutting board. A lot of people when shopping just choose one and don't really consider the differences between the types.

When people are looking to purchase a cutting board, there are two main types that are found; plastic and wooden. Some argue that plastic is a better choice, because they are easy to clean and often cheaper. Others argue that the wood that tends to develop heavy knife scarring is easier to clean and disinfect than a heavily knife-scarred plastic board, which could be linked to the wood's "self healing" properties. Choosing plastic or wood that is easy to clean and isn't hazardous to your knives is important when looking for long term use. Since there are different kinds, they will have different qualities. Having one that is non slip and durable is also helpful, as to prevent any accidents that may occur.

Plastic cutting boards tend to be inexpensive and lightweight. Because plastic always seems to be the cheaper route, it is practical to buy more than one to be used for separate food preparation. Plastic boards come in a variety of colors shapes and sizes, if matching to your home decor is of importance. But, since they are plastic, they may not carry a long life span. The deep scarring from knives that accumulate over time and use can also make it difficult to clean and get rid of bacteria.

When looking at the types of wooden cutting boards, you want to keep in mind there is a type of wood that is known to be ideal for kitchen cooking purposes. Teak wood can be great for kitchen use, since teak wood is known for resisting moisture and bacteria growth. The reason for this is its naturally high oil content. So a wooden board butcher block, or carving board could be a good choice for sustaining an extended amount of kitchen wear and tear. Many famous chefs use teak wood boards for the way they repel moisture, warping and their stability and longevity. The difference with wooden boards is the maintenance. But, by taking proper care of the teak of your choice, you can extend the life of a cutting board or wooden block. Correct treatment is important to guard against the germs, mold growth, and splitting of cutting boards.

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