Cutting boards are one of those things that nobody really thinks about, but everyone needs. And when you do start thinking about them, you wonder “which one should I get?” There’s polyethylene cutting boards, rubber boards, wood cutting boards, plastic cutting boards, and then there are the accessories. Are accessories even necessary?
Although most homes have one or two cutting boards at the most, restaurants are supposed to have an endless supply. By law they are required to have at least five color-coded cutting boards designated for meat, fish, vegetables, poultry, cooked foods, and dairy products. This prevents cross-contamination especially in this day and age where allergies run rampant.
If you work in a restaurant or cafe, a polyethylene or plastic cutting board or a rubber cutting board are your best bet. Many companies choose plastic cutting boards because they can be cleaned with chemicals such as bleach to disinfect the board. They are also designed not to dull the knife as other types of cutting boards can. The major disadvantage of plastic cutting boards are that they are not anti-septic like wood cutting boards are.
Many homeowners use wood cutting boards even though that many restaurants have stopped using wood cutting boards as they can sometimes carry allergens or toxins that are not safe for their customers. It also doesn’t help that harsh chemicals cannot be used to clean cutting boards. Instead, a mineral oil must be used to clean it. There are many disadvantages to a wooden cutting board. For example; they should not be soaked in a pool of liquid for a long period of time and can retain dirt for periods of time if not cleaned properly. The advantages of wood cutting boards are that they are anti-septic and shallow cuts can heal themselves over period of time.
Finally, rubber cutting boards can be used efficiently as a cutting board. They are becoming a new trend for their thickness and their ability not to break down when cleaned with chemicals. They are also great because they do not harbor allergens, toxins, or bacteria.
If you are still unsure of what cutting board to get, think about what you will primarily need the cutting board for. If you just need it to cut a few vegetables or fruits, a wooden board will suffice. If you’re cutting meat, poultry, and fish; a plastic or rubber board may be the way to go.
Kerekes offers plastic, wood, rubber, and flexible cutting boards on their websites. All cutting boards are in stock and ready to ship. You can choose accessories for your cutting boards such as a Wood-Board Oil ($7.25) and a cutting board scrapper ($38-$55).