How To Keep Your Kitchen Cutting Boards Safe From Contamination

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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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