Chopping Board Do’s and Dont’s
While we all use our trusty chopping boards on a daily basis, are we sure we’re using them correctly?
Here are a few important chopping board Do’s and Don’ts to remember the next time you’re using these wonderful kitchen essentials.
DON’T cross contaminate
Chopping your raw chicken on a board, and then chopping other raw ingredients on that same board, is a big no-no. When you do this, you run the risk of getting food poisoning as bacteria from the raw meat can easily be transferred to the other ingredients.
To prevent cross-contamination, make sure that you use separate boards when chopping your raw meat and other ingredients.
DO use the correct boards for your ingredient types
The rule of thumb is that wooden chopping boards are best for fruit and vegetables, while plastic boards make sense for meat.
Why? Well, like you are probably already aware, wooden chopping boards are more difficult to clean than plastic ones. This means that bacteria is better able to make a home for itself in wooden boards. As raw meat often carries more bacteria than other raw ingredients, it makes sense to chop meat on plastic boards where the bacteria has less place to hide.
Fruit and vegetables carry fewer germs than meat, and so these can happily be chopped on plastic boards.
DO wash your wooden chopping boards thoroughly
No matter what you choose to chop on your wooden chopping boards, be sure to give them a good thorough clean about once a month.
Here’s a very simple (but very effective) way of cleaning your wooden chopping boards:
- Sprinkle coarse salt on the board
- Cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side of the lemon along the surface of the chopping board. Squeeze the lemon slightly to release some of the lemon juice as you go.
- Leave the lemon juice to sink into the board for about 5 minutes before scraping the grime away.
- Clean the board with a clean sponge and hot water.
DO remember to replace your chopping boards
As much as you may love your chopping board, the time will come for it to be replaced. Remember to swap out your chopping boards once they become too old and full of grooves. These grooves will become difficult to clean effectively – leaving your chopping board open to collecting more germs.
DO enter our competition
Time for a new chopping board? Enter our competition to stand a chance to WIN a brand new wooden chopping board. Entries are valid until 31 August 2016.