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Large Walnut Wood Cutting Board
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Large Walnut Wood Cutting Board
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Teakhaus Wooden Cutting Board - Large Wooden Rectangle Carving Board With Hand Grip (24 x 18 x 1.5 Inch) - Sustainably Sourced by Teakhaus reviewed by Skillet Director
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Large Reversible Multipurpose Thick Acacia Wood Cutting Board: 16x12x1.5 Juice Groove & Cracker/Bread Holder (Gift Box Included) by Sonder Los Angeles reviewed by Skillet Director
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Is it Bad to Use a Wooden Cutting Board?

hi I’m Hannah and this is is it bad the
show where we answer all of your burning
cookware questions today is it bad to
use a wooden cutting board cutting
boards are a kitchen essential whether
you’re slicing scallions breaking down
the whole chicken cutting bread or ship
and adding basil you need a good board
but there are a lot of options out there
wood plastic bamboo glass stone
composite and more we’ve evaluated all
sorts of cutting board materials and
we’ve learned a few things along the way
we’ve learned that glass and stone are
not good for cutting board materials
they’re so hard they’ll really do a
number on the edge of your knife here at
the Test Kitchen we actually use a glass
cutting board if we need to dull a knife
quickly for a demonstration composite
boards work fine but they tend to have a
funky odor kind of like wet dog so we
avoid them bamboo boards are okay but
they can’t have durability issues we’ve
seen warping and splintering and some of
the ones we’ve tested so that leaves us
with two materials wood or plastic and a
heated debate which material is best
something you’ll often hear people say
is that it’s unsanitary to cut raw meat
on a wooden cutting board the theory is
that because wood is grained and more
porous than plastic that germs can get
down into the cracks and crevices and
whatting cutting boards typically can’t
go in the dishwasher some people take
the extra step of spraying down their
wooden cutting boards with a bleach
solution what’s wrong with good
old-fashioned hot soapy water is that
not enough to kill dangerous germs how
much of a hazmat situation are we
talking about here we don’t mess around
with nasty things like salmonella so we
had to know if this was true especially
because wooden cutting boards like the
test kitchens favorite here from protein
can be really beautiful and pleasant to
work on to get to the bottom of these
questions we sent a stack of cutting
boards off to an independent laboratory
to see if one of the materials harbored
more or less bacteria after washing we
sent plastic wood composite and bamboo
boards bamboo actually has antibacterial
properties so we wondered if it would
have an advantage here but the lab found
that material didn’t matter at all all
four materials were equally capable of
getting clean and as for how to clean
them hot soapy water or bleach again it
was a tie both methods were equally
effective at reducing bacteria levels to
ten colony forming units per board which
apparently how they measure this kind of
thing but we understand that some people
might still be squeamish about cutting
raw meat on a wooden cutting board so we
have some ideas for you to be super safe
you can wash your board in hot soapy
water like usual and then spray it down
with a bleach solution 1 tablespoon of
bleach – 1 gallon of water is best if
you don’t want to deal with that you
might want to consider a flexible
cutting mat our winner here from Dex’s
is light and super easy to use you can
just prep the raw meat portion of your
meal on it and then throw it in the
dishwasher when you’re done so is it bad
to use a wooden cutting board the answer
is no it’s not bad as long as you use
hot soapy water a wooden cutting board
will get just as clean as a plastic
board to keep them from cracking
splitting or warping it’s best to oil
them periodically never put them in the
dishwasher and dry them right after
washing as for which material is best it
really comes down to personal preference
you might hear that plastic dolls knives
faster but the jury is still out on that
so if you’re debating which board to buy
consider what material you like working
on how your knife feels and sounds on
the board what size board fits your
needs and how much board you’re willing
to lift carry and clean I like the look
and feel but wooden cutting board but
it’s really a matter of personal
preference alright thank you so much for
watching make sure to ask your own is it
bad questions in the comments check out
the links to our winning cutting boards
in the video description and hit that
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Wood Cutting Boards Buyers’ Guide

How to care for a wooden cutting board?

You may not think that a slab of wood requires a lot of maintenance, but surprisingly it does. When you are done using a wooden cutting board, you should rinse it and wipe it with a cloth. Dishwashing detergent isn’t always necessary but should be used after cutting meat or fish. Make sure it is fully dry before putting it away, and store it upright to avoid warping. You should also use oil to maintain a wooden cutting board. The oil forms a protective layer on the wood and protects it. Odor- and flavorless oil should be used, such as almond oil or grapeseed oil. If you treat our wooden cutting board well and carefully, it is sure to last you a very long time.

How to clean a wooden cutting board?

You should never put a wooden cutting board in the dishwasher, as it will lead to cracks and wearing down of the wood. Instead, wash it with soap and warm water after use, and dry thoroughly. For major maintenance, start by rubbing the board with lemon juice, then sprinkle sea salt on top. Rub the lemon juice and salt over the board and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse the board and dry it with a towel. Then drop some oil on to the board and rub in with a towel or dishcloth, and let the board absorb the oil. Repeat oiling until the board doesn’t absorb the oil anymore. This acid and salt cleaning should only be done every 2-4 months.

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Author: Mark Miller

I have graduated The Culinary Institute of America in 2013 and became a chef assistant in one of New York city restaurants. I began to move up the career ladder – just a few years later I've worked as a chef in a 4* restaurant.