Olive wood cutting boards provides a durable hard wearing surface to prepare food as well as a stunning way to serve cheeses, fruit and more when entertaining. As for pairing an exotic hardwood with an American hardwood, I’ve had no problems with them splitting from one another since they’re different species. If these brands don’t work for you (or are unavailable), then you’ll need to either go to a store where you can handle boards yourself, or try a hit-or-miss approach ordering various brands online. After cleaning the surface, wipe it with a clean cloth and let the board dry standing on its long side.
Bacteria need moisture to grow, and you don’t want to give them a welcoming environment. Our gourmet natural edge hardwood boards can be used as serving boards, cutting boards, wine & cheese boards or for fresh bread/baguettes. Manufactures such as Larch Wood , make blocks from softwoods, but solely use end-grain construction to retain durability. BTW, a great little extra for this board would be a groove about a 1/4″ inside from the top edge to collect the juices from a juicy roast.
However, wooden boards that had been used and had many knife cuts acted almost the same as new wood, whereas plastic surfaces that were knife-scarred were impossible to clean and disinfect manually, especially when food residues such as chicken fat were present. When your cutting board has accumulated a lot of deep grooves from repeated use, you probably need to replace it.
I have read many articles about this and from what I understand; the moisture on the surface of the board is wicked into the interior carrying bacteria with it. As the moisture is wicked inside, the bacteria will die due to a lack of moisture. When I read the study they had not (yet) proved their theory that the moist wood expanded to squeeze the moisture out of the scratches, then dried, killing the bacteria. Learn how we prepare and construct rough, unfinished boards that you will enjoy finishing 100% hands-on with planers, tablesaws, routers, sanders and other tools.
Plastic is much easier on the edges than glass but the deep cuts that remain make it difficult, if not impossible to clean and sanitize. Clamp boards in place using two pipe clamps to press them together and four bar clamps to make sure joints are straight. After scrubbing the entire surface, simply wash down the board with warm water and a rag. Not only is it extra kind to your knife blade, it’s also the safest material (because bacteria have a much lower survival rate on wood than on plastic ), and it’s gorgeous, too.
It is best to always hand wash wooden cutting boards (and other wooden cooking utensils). The question is whether wooden or plastic cutting boards are more likely to harbor harmful bacteria, even after being cleaned. I use wooden cutting boards for most of my kitchen prep, which is often very fruit and vegetable-centric. In just one fun, quick session you’ll build your own gorgeous 8″x12″ hardwood cutting board! Depending on the wear of the board and the sanding that was done, you will have to apply one or two coats of oil/solvent mixture.
To bring back to its original luster simply apply a cutting board oil or food safe mineral oil specifically designed for cutting boards which can be found at local hardware or kitchen supply stores. A wood cutting board is one of the most important tools in your kitchen, and it helps to have several to use for different jobs. You do need to replace a wooden cutting board if it develops cracks, but for scratches and such, Adam’s right — just sand it down.
We had a particularly nasty cutting board with food of some sort petrified on. Don’t judge. Lemon – Another very easy technique is to rub fresh lemon juice or rub a cut lemon over the surface of the cutting board to neutralize onion and garlic odors. I believe that bacteria will grow on anything that is not kept clean or properly cared for. We’ve dedicated two plastic boards (one large, one small) to fruit only—and written the word fruit” on them in magic marker. The board was shipped very quickly and carrying the box revealed that this board is heavy.
Now that I have been making them for some time I tend to buy better wood because I don’t mess up very often. We’re also VERY careful to not cut meat on our cutting boards- but vegetables can carry listeria and e. coli as well, so it’s important to clean often. After learning this, I checked out the polypropylene boards in my kitchen and three out of the four passed with honors. People assume all cutting boards are alike, and may not give much thought to size or material. I can’t wait to see who wins the PureCare board you made (we’ll find out Tuesday).
Woodworking Projects for Beginners – Here’s 50 great beginner woodworking projects that will get you comfortable with the basics of building with wood. Wood toxicity is a concern for woodworkers who are exposed to the raw materials and wood dust. Using your wooden cutting board is a beautiful way to serve foods as well; like cheeses, breads, hot meals, and veggies. Tried & True Oil Finishing: For a total of 3 coats (recommended) on a medium sized cutting board, the product will be used pure, and you should expect to use around 1.5 fluid ounces or 3 table spoons. New plastic surfaces allowed the bacteria to persist, but were easily cleaned and disinfected.