The Best Cutting Boards & How to Care for Them
30 July 04

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Today: Chopping boards are some of the most commonly used kitchen tools, so it's important to choose the kitchen tools that best suit your cooking style. Here's everything you need to know about each material.


In the field of kitchen tools, the cutting board gets the short end of the stick. In addition to slicing and scribing, we soaked them in water for several hours until they were warped, allowing the berry stains to sink into the wood much longer than we should have, and forgetting to add oil until they were completely dry - but They are still the kitchen workers we can never replace, and they are the first to prepare food.


In other words, not all cutting boards are the same. In our kitchen test, we use plastic cutting board to make meat, fish and dyed things for easy cleaning. We cut all other items directly on the butcher block counter. Our Head Test Chef Derek Laughren said: "If we don't have wooden counters, I will definitely use heavy wood for most tasks." It turns out that wooden cutting boards are one of the most common chopping boards, followed by bamboo and Plastic plates. Here's all you need to know about selecting and taking care of the cutting board:

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Wooden chopping board:

Wood is by far the most popular chopping board material, and for good reason. It is not only beautiful, but it is also good for cutting tools. Knives can be easily passivated, but the wooden cutting boards extend over their edges to provide a soft surface, allowing them to fall into each piece, rake and rake. However, because wooden cutting boards are very soft, they are also the most vulnerable because they may be scored by rough cutting tools such as serrated knives.


The wood board has antiseptic properties, inhibits the growth of bacteria and microorganisms, but even with these characteristics, it is important to clean and disinfect the boards after each use, because wood cannot alone prevent the growth of all microorganisms. For porous tropical woods such as teak, washing is more important for truly absorbing bacteria.


How to take care of them: Wooden cutting boards should be washed in warm water and dried immediately after use, and then placed on a horizontal surface to prevent them from warping. To remove stubborn stains from strawberries, etc., sprinkle the entire cardboard with salt or baking soda and then wipe it with lemon juice. It is also a good idea to provide the board with oil once a year (perhaps some people will handle the board once a month). To refuel your cardboard, use food grade oils such as beeswax or mineral oil, which are usually found in pharmacies. However, do not use olive oil or vegetable oils as they can become rancid and produce unpleasant odors. Apply oil to dry cardboard for several hours, then wipe off excess paper.


Every few years, it is necessary to regain the acclaimed wooden cutting board by grinding and oiling. To grind your cardboard, first grind the rough cut along the grain with rough sandpaper, and then smooth it. Then switch to finer sandpaper until the wood is smooth. Wash the wood with ordinary dishwashing liquid and then add oil to make it ready for the kitchen again. Even warped cutting boards can be fixed. To fix the warped board, place the wet cloth on the warped area and press it like any fabric. Repeat until the board is not distorted. Once the warp yarn has disappeared, dry it completely before use.


More: Demonstrate the love that your cutting board deserves, and the secrets of this care.

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Bamboo chopping board:

Since bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboo has many of the same benefits as environmental protection. Like wood, it has antibacterial properties, but since it is slightly stiffer than a wood chopping block, it is slightly rougher on the knife. On the bright side, bamboo resists staining, so its natural light color can maintain this state over time.


How to take care of them: You can clean and refuel bamboo boards like wooden cutting boards. And like wood, it is also important to avoid immersing the bamboo in water because the bamboo strips are usually glued together with water-soluble glue; soaking the plates makes them likely to break and warp.


How to take care of them: If you insist on using rock boards (or countertops) (many people do it for beauty), simply wash them with soap and water, then spray them with non-toxic disinfectants, without the antiseptic properties of the boards. Two parts of vinegar and one part of water are mixed together to make a natural detergent, which is then sprayed directly onto the paperboard and wiped clean after a few seconds.