Choose the Right Chopping Board
Most household kitchens have more than one chopping board. This is an essential item as it protects work surfaces and keeps food hygienic. Chopping boards come in a variety of materials but plastic and wood have proved to remain very popular choices. Glass boards are the most recent modern introduction. Choosing the right chopping board for your kitchen takes a little thought.
A chopping board must be versatile because you use them for tasks as different as slicing bread, preparing snacks and chopping veggies. You want a chopping board you can use for as many tasks as possible.
Wooden chopping boards are the most traditional. Cooks have been using a wooden board for food preparation for many, many decades. Wood has a pleasant feel. A thicker but lightweight wooden board is best because you can easily lift and move it. Wood is also an attractive material. Today, wooden chopping boards are regarded as a kitchen décor accessory that is useful. They last longer than synthetic chopping boards.
It is necessary to thoroughly cleanse wooden chopping boards after use. If you use the board for chicken, meat or fish then rinse the board under raining water. Sprinkle the board with salt and leave for twenty minutes. Use a sponge to rub salt into the wood. Rinse well under running water. Allow all sides of the wooden board to air dry. The salt kills bacteria and germs. Salt also gets rid of odors.
Plastic chopping boards are available in a huge variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Many modern cooks are using different color plastic boards to color code to prevent contamination. For example, you would have one color for vegetables and fruits, another color for chicken, another color for meat, another color for fish etc.
Synthetic material does attract bacteria to grow more than a natural chopping board. Take care of this by thoroughly washing in warm soapy water with a little bleach added. Rinse in clean water. Allow all side to air dry. Plastic board can also be washed in the dishwasher. After some time, the plastic will become discolored and stained.
Tempered glass is used to make chopping boards. This treated glass cannot be nicked or cut and bacteria cannot grow on the surface. Tempered glass is also heat resistant so can act as a warming plate. These very modern boards are available in different colors. They are easy to wash in warm soapy water and air dry quickly. If you prefer they can be placed in the dishwasher.
Glass chopping boards do have some negatives. Some consumers find the hard sound of chopping on glass annoying. The hard glass means your knives get blunt quicker and require more sharpening.
In conclusion, choosing a chopping board is based on what you would use it for, material, weight, color, size, shape and cost.