It’s now new that it is easy to get foodborne illnesses from meat. If your cutting board was used to cut raw meat on it, you should probably avoid using it. If you are preparing a salad and cut your cucumbers on the “meaty” cutting board, the bacteria from the meat can contaminate your vegetables. Then your fresh, healthy salad (well, the ugly bacteria on it) can end up causing you a very bad foodborne illness.
If you think plastic chopping boards are safer in that regard – I must disappoint. Even though plastic boards are somewhat easier to sanitize, the deep cuttings are bacteria’s favorite home. But here are some ideas what can you do to make your meals and chopping boards safe:
- Don’t eat animals and animal products.
- Don’t let others around you eat animals and animal products.
- If they do anyways, have your own cutting board, leave the gross ones for them.
- Cut only washed, clean veggies and fruits on your board.
- The best thing you can do is to wash your cutting board right after using it. Use warm water and dish soap. We like natural, environmentally friendly types.
- Don’t soak your wooden cutting board and don’t wash it in a dishwasher, since these can ruin it.
- After scrubbing it with a sponge or dish brush using the soap of your choice, rinse it thoroughly.
- Put it some place where it can completely dry out.
- Before the first use, oil your wooden cutting board with coconut oil. Repeat every once in a while. It will prevent your board from warping and cracking. Plus, coconut oil is antiseptic and it won’t go rancid.
- The best you can do is still not eating animal products.
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