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Old 03-10-2015, 10:51 PM   #41
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In fact, research has shown that plastic is MORE bacteria friendly than wood and knives score the plastic which lets grot and bacteria get trapped in them and unlike cuts in wood, bacteria can thrive and multiply in the cuts in plastic.

UC-Davis Food Safety Laboratory: Cutting Board Research
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RELEASE: Study: Wood cutting boards, not plastic, are safer for food prep

Glass may be the best as far as cleaning is concerned but it will rapidly ruin your knives.

I spray mine with a beach solution before they go in the dishwasher.

Plastic rules!
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Old 03-10-2015, 10:59 PM   #42
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...from the UCDavis link: "Mechanical cleaning with a dishwashing machine can be done successfully with plastic surfaces (even if knife-scarred) and wooden boards especially made for this."

Good enough for me.
Good enough for me too. My dishwasher is NSF certified and has a heated sanitize rinse, I'm confident that it gets my plastic cutting boards plenty clean.
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Old 03-10-2015, 11:08 PM   #43
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Stop cooking with plastic cookware, time to switch to wood! Have you made the...

Bleach spray and a dishwasher work for me on my plastic cutting sheet.
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:02 AM   #44
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I bought all the silicone spatulas at Dollarama. Some of them are one piece, Betty Crocker brand.
I have those too! I stumbled across the Betty Crocker stuff by accident one day... and now own most of the gadgets from the set. I love Dollarama!

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Glass may be the best as far as cleaning is concerned but it will rapidly ruin your knives.
It also feels weird to cut on, in my opinion. The knife touching the glass gives me that "nails on a chalkboard" feeling. That being said, I have a glass cutting board that I use solely for making dough. I find the dough doesn't stick to the glass as much as other surfaces.

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I have some of all--silicone, wood, stainless, non-stick. Which one I use depends on the pan I am using. I don't know that there is a "better" one, rather, which is appropriate for the pan/pot/bowl.
This sums it up perfectly!!!
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:17 AM   #45
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I spray mine with a beach solution before they go in the dishwasher.

Plastic rules!
My high temp dishwasher will kill all bacteria without bleach. But I use a bleach solution all over my kitchen.

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Old 03-11-2015, 12:31 AM   #46
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I have both wooden and plastic cutting boards. Because of the anti-microbial properties of wood, I always use them for cutting raw meat. I don't put them in the DW because they are not made from a single piece of wood, so I am afraid the pieces would come apart. I put wooden spoons in the DW. I like the convenience of putting the plastic cutting boards in the DW.

I have a LOT of wooden spoons and quite a few silicone spatulas. I bought all the silicone spatulas at Dollarama. Some of them are one piece, Betty Crocker brand. I have one bamboo spatula and it goes in the DW too.

Remember that bamboo is not wood. It's a grass. As far as I know, no one has tested bamboo to see if it gets rid of micro-organisms the way wood does.
One of my friends "sterilises" her wooden chopping board in the microwave. She says her scientist son told her this was a Good
idea but not to do it with her plastic board. She does have a very big m/wave and a small-ish wooden board. I offer this as comment only as I have no idea if it works.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:30 AM   #47
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My high temp dishwasher will kill all bacteria without bleach. But I use a bleach solution all over my kitchen.

Plastic rules!

+1.

I keep a spray bottle with a bleach/water solution for sanitizing counters, sink, etc.
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I have those too! I stumbled across the Betty Crocker stuff by accident one day... and now own most of the gadgets from the set. I love Dollarama!

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I bought some Betty Crocker non-stick baking sheets. I like to roast vegis in the oven, but I don't like wasting aluminium foil, so I thought these would be ideal. They work fine, but after only three uses they started to get stained. YMMV. I'm not generally a fan of non-stick.
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I keep a spray bottle with a bleach/water solution for sanitizing counters, sink, etc.
I have a bottle of Soft Scrub Gel with Bleach under the sink. I keep a dish scrubber with a detergent reservoir filled with the gel so I can scrub the surface of the plastic cutting board, then rinse and put into the dishwasher. Easy-peasy ~ works for me. I also use that scrubber to quick-clean the sink and rubber mats between major scrubbings with a better brush and more gel.
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I think we should all be very glad that there's really no such thing as the cooking police telling us exactly what we must do.

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