It’s December, and my guess is that you are using your kitchen and specifically, your cutting board overtime!
Cutting Boards Need Lots of Tender Loving Care
After each use, scrape away any bits of food and wash your cutting board with warm soapy water and thoroughly dry it. If the cutting board is wood, and has stains on it, put kosher or sea salt on it. Make a paste of the salt and water and scrub the board. Let the paste stay on the board for 24 hours then wash it off with soap and water. If the stain remains after this process, keep repeating it until the salt and scrubbing have worked into the surface and removed the stain. This process uses the added benefit of sanitizing the cutting board as most bacteria cannot survive in a salty atmosphere.
Acrylic Cutting Boards Pose Other Problems
As with wood, after each use, a good scrubbing with hot soapy water will remove most of the soil and bacteria. Acrylic and plastic provide plenty of nooks and crannies for germs to hide. Scrub with a nylon pad and use a circular motion or clean these cutting boards on the top shelf of the dishwasher and if your machine washes at a temperature of at least 165º, the bacteria will be killed.
Storing Cutting Boards
Always store cutting boards vertically. Once they are cleaned and sanitized, stand them up. If you must store them horizontally, put something under the edge to lift it from the surface underneath it. Otherwise germs and mold could grow on the surfaces.
Take care of your cutting boards and they will always take care of you! Merry Christmas! Happy Baking!
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in December, 2013. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.