How To Keep Your Kitchen Cutting Boards Safe From Contamination

July 19, 2016, by Ken Jorgustin


Every kitchen likely has several or more cutting boards and they are probably used fairly often for the task of cutting or chopping all sorts of foods. A concern though is that of food-borne illness and/or cross-contamination on these cutting boards which can occur as a result of one or more ‘bad practice’ techniques.

Here is an important (and simple) health safety tip – how to keep your cutting boards safe from cross-contamination…


Separate Cutting Boards For Vegetables And Meat

ONLY use a particular cutting board for vegetables and ONLY use a different board for Meats.

I told you it was simple!

Here’s how I do it… I have a number of cutting boards. However I have purchased two different kinds – one kind has red colored (grip) edges which I only use for vegetables. It made sense to me that vegetables can be colorful, so I use the cutting boards with color for them, and I use plain cutting boards (or black edge grip OXO’s) for meat.

Note: Even though you washed your cutting board, it doesn’t necessarily ensure that you got everything (the ‘bad’ stuff is invisible).

Note: The tiny grooves in a cutting board caused by the knife provides a potential breeding ground for bacteria that may have resisted your last washing.


Cutting Board For Vegetables

OXO Good Grips Cutting Board, Red
3-Piece Cutting Board Set, Red


Tip: How To Disinfect A Cutting Board

Wipe the cutting board with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.

For even more effectiveness (e.g. after cutting poultry), use a paper towel to first wipe the board with vinegar, then use another paper towel to wipe it with hydrogen peroxide. Ordinary 3% peroxide is fine. Hydrogen peroxide is a surefire bacteria-killer.


Tip: How To Deep Clean A Cutting Board

Scrub it with a paste made from the following recipe:

1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon water

Rinse thoroughly with hot water.

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