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Old 11-07-2012, 02:32 PM   #21
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I have a bunch of plastic boards in various sizes that get snaitized completely in the dishwasher.

Acrylic, ceramic, granite and those thin sheets ruin your knives. Dont use them.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:59 PM   #22
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I had a large, thin sheet, plastic, cutting "board". I used it for cutting meat, because the knife hardly touches it, so the knife isn't really adversely affected.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:01 PM   #23
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Sustainable teak also makes for a great board, but it is expensive.
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Almost 20 years ago, a researcher at UC-Davis proved that wood cutting boards are safer than plastic because moisture is drawn into the wood, taking bacteria with it, and then the bacteria dies. Plastic boards, especially those with a lot of knife cuts in them, harbor bacteria and allow them to reproduce.

PLASTIC AND WOODEN CUTTING BOARDS Dean O. Cliver, Ph.D

My main cutting board is a large wood one with a juice catcher that lives on my counter. I also have two smaller wood boards I use for smaller jobs; a large acrylic one I've had for many years and use rarely; and a smaller acrylic one that came with a gift of Omaha Steaks.

The acrylic boards go in the dishwasher. I keep an all-purpose cleaning mixture for everyday kitchen cleaning in a spray bottle - 1/3 white vinegar, 1/3 lemon juice and 1/3 water. I spray my wood boards with this, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off. Works great.

Using good knives on hard surfaces like glass, ceramic, etc., including plates, is really bad for the blades.
Thanks for posting the link. I didn't have time to hunt for one.

BTW, this doesn't necessarily apply to bamboo. Bamboo is a grass and there haven't been many, if any, tests on how long microbes can live on it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:06 PM   #25
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Sustainable teak also makes for a great board, but it is expensive.
I bet it would be expensive, but it would be gorgeous.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:11 PM   #26
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We unfortunately made a bad decision on choosing a dishwasher when we renovated our kitchen several years ago. We got a Fisher & Paykel with two dish drawers; neither is tall enough to accommodate full-size cutting boards. Or baking sheets, for that matter. It still annoys me.
Not even way over on the side using the bottom rack? Bummer.

My dishwasher holds all kinds of things, especially when I take the top rack out
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #27
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I had a large, thin sheet, plastic, cutting "board". I used it for cutting meat, because the knife hardly touches it, so the knife isn't really adversely affected.
Ditto. I have yet to "ruin" a knife blade using any cutting surface I mentioned. Maybe we know when to stop cutting
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #28
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Epicurean makes a wood-composite board that combines the best elements of wood and plastic. After using one for several years now, I would never go back to wood or plastic. The thing is dishwasher safe, handles hot temperatures so you can put a hot pan on it, and is very easy on your knife's edge. Plastic can harbor bacteria and requires frequent sterilization to remain sanitary, wood requires occasional sanding and treatments to keep from drying and warping. The wood composite material used by Epicurean requires NO maintenance and does a better job all around. I highly, highly recommend it. It will last forever, won't warp, and requires no maintenance--in other words, it's perfect.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:01 PM   #29
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I have a butcher-block counter top that is sealed with food grade sealant. It is, however, too gorgeous to use, so I also have wooden cutting boards (2" thick, 12" x 18"), and the cut-out from the sink (it fits over the sink--1" thick butcher block), plastic of various sizes, flexible plastic ones. My favorite plastic one is this one:

Large Cutting Board with Juice Wells : The Pampered Chef, Ltd. - Shopping

I love the juice wells on the one side, and not on the other. I have two of them. Great for watermelons, pineapple, and tomatoes.

I also have these:

Flexible Cutting Mats : The Pampered Chef, Ltd. - Shopping

Love them for their flexibility.

I made several hardwood (birch) cutting boards from the cutoffs from when we installed the new birch floor (raw--no finish--we made the flooring from logs we harvested/purchased). I didn't bother to finish them--just glued three 18" planks together to get a board that is 1-1/4" thick and I can put in the dishwasher. I use them for wood only, use the plastic ones for veggies and fruits. They all fit in my DW if I take the top rack out.
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Not even way over on the side using the bottom rack? Bummer.

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A friend's dad used to run the hubcabs for his car through the dishwasher...
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