Cutting boards are kitchen tools that are likely to be used on daily basis. Unfortunately, these precious kitchen tools do not get much attention as knives or cast-iron skillet. Proper care and maintenance are essential for keeping the cutting boards last for a prolonged period of time.
Caring and doing right with the custom cutting boards extend its life, makes the food preparation easier and keeps you away from health diseases like food poisoning.
Ignorant of many facts, many kitchen makers tend to make mistakes while working with the cutting boards and chopping blocks; which further leads to ill health of the family or smelling, staining of the boards.
Here are some common mistakes you should stop making while using custom cutting boards in everyday kitchen chores. Have a look at them and learn some of the ways to avoid them.
1.Using Glass Cutting Boards:
There is nothing wrong in saying that glass boards are more resistant to stains and odor, yet their extremely hard surface can dull the sharp edges of the knives. Moreover, the slick and slippery surface of the glass boards can injure your fingers and cost you time in assembling the food items.
Therefore, boards with grips and wooden surfaces should be used. They are eco-friendly, keep the knife edges sharp and prevent injuries.
2.Using the Wrong Sized Boards:
Often, kitchen makers tend to choose small sized boards for their kitchen counters. They might consume less space in the kitchen and may be easier to clean yet, they tend to provide a small room for knives to smoothly slide over the cutting items. This also increases the chances of getting yourself hurt.
However, long cutting boards are efficient as they provide ample of the surface to cut, chop multiple food items. Furthermore, they open large room for easy movement of knives and slicing, dicing of food.
3.Putting the Board in Dishwasher:
Prolonged heat and water exposure are harmful to custom cutting boards. However, plastic boards may resist such conditions yet, wooden or glass boards get cracked and might break when treated in dishwashers.
Instead, they should be washed with soapy water and dried inside out. In order to get rid of odors and stains, the boards should be treated with baking soda or vinegar.
4.Using the Same Board:
Using the same board for multiple tasks like chopping fruits, vegetables and meat is one of the most common mistakes committed by kitchen makers while working with cutting boards. Not using separate boards for fleshy and leafy food items, is dangerous for boards but also leads to health problems.
Therefore, at least two boards should be used, one for chopping and slicing meat, fish and the other one for fruits and vegetables.
5.Not Properly Maintaining the Boards:
Not drying the boards completely leads to bacteria penetrations, staining, and smelly boards.
However, the boards should be dried thoroughly and conditioned with oil. Oiling the wooden board surface prevents it from cracks, scratches and keeps them smooth, preserving its new look.
6.Using Dull Knives:
Knives play a significant role in maintaining the boards in long run. Using dull knives tend to make the board surface rough. Therefore an equal investment should be made in sharp-edged steel knives. Using sharp knives not only makes the chopping, cutting of food items easy but is healthy for the boards also.