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Old 03-10-2008, 01:07 PM   #11
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I've always used a big wood one for everything, and Lysol wiped it to clean (probably not good, but didn't know any better). I'd like to get a thick thick wood one and use it for everything, meat included. How does one properly clean a cutting board?

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Old 03-10-2008, 01:20 PM   #12
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Clean after using to make things easier. Jut use a bit of soap and water. After cleaning, rub down with mineral oil to maintain the wood. If you are going to purchase a wood board, hard-rock maple, end-grain boards are very good, and easier on the knife blade than a board made from side-grain boards.

There is a lot of controversy about whether wood or plastic is more hygenic. Wood has natural anti-bacterial properties while plastic can be scalded in very hot water (the dishwasher). I have been using wood boards for years and have never had a problem. I also use plastic sheets on occasion, when I need multiple cutting surfaces for a meal and don't want to be continually cleaning up the boards between cutting chores. Also, if the veggies are going to be cooked, then I will use the same boards for both meat and veggies, as the steam, or boiling water is well above the temperature required to kill any pathogens. I only worry about cross-contamination when serving uncooked items such as salads, breads, cheeses, etc., where the foods won't be cooked to high enogh temps to kill any nasties. Then I use tnd wood for the veggies, fruits, etc. and the plastic for the meats.

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Old 03-10-2008, 10:10 PM   #13
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I got given a bamboo cutting board two birthdays ago and am yet to undo the packaging. It says on my board that to prolong its life, wipe occasionally with a light coating of vegetable oil. With my cheeseboard, I used sesame oil instead cos not only did it darken the wood nicely, it also gave it a nice delicate smell.
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Old 03-14-2008, 12:38 AM   #14
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I have a bamboo cutting board that I got as a gift several years ago. It is my absolute favorite, I use it every day. I've never done anything with it except hand wash it in hot, soapy water, and it is still in perfect condition, even here in the arid climate of the high plains of Colorado.
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