When buying a new board, there are lots of selections to choose from – wood, plastic, marble, and glass. And it can sometimes be confusing.
Marble and glass and cutting boards may look nice but they dull your knives faster. The hard surface can also damage its edge.
It is best to use the glass and marble boards only for serving food.
When it concerns wood and plastic boards, even experts have differing opinions as to which one is best. It boils down a person's to personal preference.
Wooden boards are typically heavier and have a lesser tendency to slip. They also look more attractive that's why they can be used to serve food.
Plastic boards on the other hand, weigh lighter, come in different colors, and some are dishwasher safe.
Whatever chopping board you use, it is a must that you clean it well. Bacteria can easily breed on your board and may even cause food poisoning.
Make sure to scrub your chopping board very well with hot water and detergent after every use. Let it dry thoroughly before using it again.
Having more than one board is ideal in order to avoid cross contamination of the food. Use a separate one for raw meats and a different one for other type of foods.
Some have color-coded boards:
Red – Raw Meats
Blue – Seafood
Yellow - Poultry
White – General
Green - Fruit and Vegetables
Also check the condition of your chopping board. If you notice that your board is beginning to appear worn out, then it may probably be time to get a new one. By this time, you are more informed to pick out the suitable one for you.