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Old 02-12-2009, 05:19 PM   #11
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Don't beat yourself too hard. The U.C. Davis study is not without controversy. Try Googling "wood vs. plastic cutting boards" and you'll find a slew of opinions on the subject, some concurring and some dissenting. This one quotes a report from Cook's Illustrated, which concluded that there's not much difference if you maintain them properly: ARTICLE
Let's stay on track. This isn't about wood boards, it's about plastic. Let's not get off topic.
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:20 PM   #12
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I would never use wood for raw meat. As the OP says, this is about plastic and as I said, I don't have a dishwasher.

GotGarlic, thanks for the link. I appreciate it. I always thought you should never use wood for raw meat. Of course, I don't have wood but I appreciate the info.
Wood it fine for meat and really safer as the article points out. For those of you who use chlorine bleach, try goggling it and you will see how dangerous its use can be.

Unless you are cutting meat every hour, hot soapy water and letting it dry will do fine.

Remember, you are cooking this food after you cut it, so even in the remote chance that you get some bacteria from the last cutting on your new meat, cook it properly and you will not have a problem.

Just keep a separate board, of whatever material, for cutting meat (to be cooked) and don't use that board for any other purpose.
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Old 02-12-2009, 05:26 PM   #13
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There's a sanitizer that we use in the homebrewing world called StarSan that I keep in a spray bottle. It sanitizes in 30 seconds instead of the 5-30 minutes that most other sanitizers take. I always put my plastic cutting boards used for meat in the dishwasher though.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:00 PM   #14
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Let's stay on track. This isn't about wood boards, it's about plastic. Let's not get off topic.
Pardon me, but the subject of the thread is "Is Clorox Clean Up with Bleach Enough"; nothing about plastic in it. You can talk all night about plastic cutting boards, but please don't try to tell the rest of us what we can talk about. It's public thread, and like many threads, it expands and contracts and generally morphs as the discussion goes on -- just like in real life.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:21 PM   #15
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Pardon me, but the subject of the thread is "Is Clorox Clean Up with Bleach Enough"; nothing about plastic in it. You can talk all night about plastic cutting boards, but please don't try to tell the rest of us what we can talk about. It's public thread, and like many threads, it expands and contracts and generally morphs as the discussion goes on -- just like in real life.
It's not just about the title, if you read the ORIGINAL POST (OP) it says PLASTIC cutting board ergo the question is about plastic cutting boards, not wood, therefore discussions about wood board would be off topic and according to GB, off topic conversations in a thread are NOT allowed.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:27 PM   #16
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Threads do change with the conversation from time to time and we try to roll with that when possible, but our rules do state that threads should remain on topic and the topic of this thread is about taking care of plastic boards. Since the OP chimed in that that is what she wants to discuss here then we should all respect that and stick to that topic please.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:16 PM   #17
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I think you should also sterilize it with heat (FIRE)!!!!!!!! Naw,just kidding!!!! hehehehe Sounds like you're doing great.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:06 PM   #18
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Check this article about sterilizing cutting boards -- both wood and plastic -- with vinegar: ARTICLE

Sounds preferable to bleach.
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:30 PM   #19
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According to the National Safety Council a 10% bleach solution is sufficent to sanitize most anything, including blood-born pathogens. I used to transport medical specimens and always had a spray bottle (opaque) handy; not that I was culmsy or anything. LOL
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