When to Replace Cutting Boards?
30 July 04

Most chefs use cutting boards every day, and all of these use even the most sturdy paperboards for a fee. Cutting plates can cause illness or injury if they should not be replaced, so cutting plate replacement is a kitchen chore you should not take lightly.

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Why replace?

Worn chopping boards have various security issues. If the circuit board is not properly and thoroughly cleaned, this is difficult or impossible for a worn circuit board, bacteria can grow on the cutting surface; bacteria that are then transferred into the food can cause serious illness. Worn cutting boards are also a potential safety hazard because cutting with a sharp knife on an unstable surface is inherently dangerous.


Plastic boards

Recycling through the dishwasher with plastic, acrylic or hard rubber cutting boards can well remove accumulated food particles and bacteria, but if the cutting board is covered with deep grooves and blades, some bacteria are likely to remain in the cleaned grooves. Therefore, you should replace any cutting board with a large number of deep grooves on the surface. Plastic chopping boards may warp if they allow them to remain in the dishwasher in the dry part of the cycle, so they should be removed and allowed to air dry at the end of the wash cycle; warped chopping boards do not provide a safe and stable surface, so If it is no longer flat, the cutting board should be replaced.


wooden boards

Wooden cutting boards more naturally resist bacterial growth than plastic cutting boards, but laminated wooden boards are not dishwasher-safe and more difficult to clean thoroughly. Therefore, the guidelines for replacing wood cutting boards are similar to those of plastic boards. When the wooden cutting board is excessively grooved or warped, replace it. Most wooden boards consist of several boards, and if the joints between the boards begin to separate, they should be replaced; bacteria may accumulate at the seams, and the cracked board may be dangerously unstable.


Butcher Block

A fixed wooden cutting surface such as a butcher's desk or table is obviously more difficult to clean or replace than a portable cutting board, but the permanent surface has the same security risks as the cutting board. When the butcher block becomes deep or nicked, it should be polished and repaired to restore its smooth surface.