Guide to Buying the Best Chopping Board
A quality chopping board is an essential item for the kitchen. This invaluable kitchen accessory serves a variety of purposes not least saving your work-surface from cuts and scratches from knives and utensils. As many chefs and professional cooks will testify, a good chopping board makes food preparation clean and simple and once you've used one you'll never want to be without it again.
There's an array of chopping boards, cutting boards and chopping blocks on the market offering style, practicality and versatility to any kitchen. Here we take a look at some of the best.
Wooden Chopping Boards
Traditionally wood has been the material of choice for chopping boards. If looked after properly a wooden chopping board can last for years. Although a porous material, a wooden chopping board can be kept hygienically clean by washing the surface down with hot soapy water and a sanitising liquid spray. Avoid soaking in hot water for prolonged periods as this will cause splitting.
Wooden boards and blocks are kind to your kitchen knives helping to prevent blunting of the knife edge compared to boards made from materials such as glass. Boards made from Beech wood are popular at the moment and we recommend them for their appearance and durability. With its density and smooth finish, a beech wood chopping board will last you many years. Other than hot soapy water, you can clean your beech wood board with a salt and baking soda paste followed by disinfecting with white wine vinegar. Prolong the life of your beech board by treating it with a quality vegetable oil.
The Joseph Joseph beech wood chopping block has an innovative collection tray to easily collect any food scraps for depositing later in the bin or composter. The tray is dishwasher safe and comes in a choice of colours to fit your kitchen's design.
Plastic Chopping Boards
Plastic became a popular material for chopping boards in the 90s due to lower pricing, less up-keep and being safe to put in the dishwasher. Plastic is less likely to warp than wood and the latest designs now incorporate a folding design which makes chopping and cooking easier in many ways.
By folding the chopping board's edges, you can simply dispose of scraps into the bin or composter. A folded chopping board also makes sliding food into a hot pan of water easy and safe as it reduces the risk of spillages over the edge.
I recommend the Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot chopping board made from the latest polypropylene plastic that's dishwasher safe. By squeezing the handle, you instantly create a chute to slide your food down. It also comes in two different sizes and three colours.
Food Hygiene Chopping Boards
One of the basics of food preparation hygiene is preventing cross-contamination. Cross-contamination occurs when bacteria moves from one food source to another typically when people using the same chopping board for raw meats and cooked meats. This can lead to food poisoning which is a particularly nasty experience.
Proper sanitising of your chopping board each time you chop a different food will help prevent harmful bacteria and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. However, to reduce the risks even further you can use colour coded chopping boards for different food types.
An indexed system of chopping boards will make food preparation safer so we recommend the Joseph Joseph Index Chopping boards. Four different colours plus illustrations will keep your veg, fish, raw and cooked meats apart on separate chopping boards.