What type of cutting board is best?
Consumers can choose a cutting board made of either wood or a nonporous surface such as plastic, marble or glass. However, these nonporous surfaces are easier to clean than wood. Bamboo boards are more resistant to bacteria than other woods.
The most important thing with cutting boards is to keep them clean and discard them if they develop hard-to-clean grooves. Also, be sure to use separate cutting boards or clean well in between when preparing raw meats and ready-to-eat foods. Clean cutting boards with hot soapy water after use, then rinse with clear water.
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Answered by Dr. Londa Nwadike, Kansas State University/University of Missouri Extension Food Safety Specialist
Last update: Friday, March 07, 2014