The cutting board is important in any kitchen.
In fact, many chefs out there testify that you can never have too many of them in the kitchen.
And it’s easy to see why, considering how important they are to keep your countertop safe, keep things hygienic as well as keep things neat in the kitchen.
Without a doubt, the best type for any kitchen is a tree, and the key to keeping things clean is proper maintenance, especially after cutting raw meat.
In this article we are going to look at how to clean your wood cutting board for raw meat along with a few more tips to maintain one.
Read on to learn more.
Effective methods to try
It is not only your hands that need proper disinfection when preparing food in the kitchen.
In fact, all your equipment, from your knives and pots to your cutting boards, must be in pristine condition to prevent food poisoning.
This is especially true when you have cut, sliced, chopped and prepared raw meat, as there can be many bacteria in the ingredients before cooking.
And it is also important to remember to never put wooden tools in the dishwasher, and this is especially true of cutting boards.
There are many ways out there that you can try. And we review them in this section.
Good ‘Ol Soap and water
This is the most convenient method of cleaning your kitchen utensils.
To do this, all you need is hot water and soap.
This can be antibacterial dishwashing detergent or regular dishwashing detergent; both would work very well.
To start, run the hot water on both sides of the cutting board to rinse as much residue as possible.
Then apply soap and use a brush or sponge to scrub.
Pay extra attention to the areas with knife marks or scratches, and give these areas a good scrub.
Be sure to soap and scrub both sides even if you have chopped on one side, as debris can penetrate to the other side.
Turn on the water again after scrubbing and rinsing!
To finish things off, be sure to wipe the material with a clean towel before storing it.
Use of bleach
If you slice raw meat and really want to ensure that all bacteria are eliminated, you can use bleach.
Put a tablespoon of it in a liter of water and let the board soak in it for a few minutes.
Once done, rinse it and dry it with a clean towel before storing.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in the same way to clean a wood panel. Just be sure to adjust the ratio of the solution.
The correct proportion is one part vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to four parts water.
Only remember to soak wooden kitchen utensils for no longer than a few minutes to prevent twisting, cracking or damage to them.
Use of lemon and salt
This needs to be done at least once a month to really maintain your table.
This method involves sprinkling coarse salt (you can use sea salt or kosher salt) on the surface.
Then cut a lemon in half and rub it on the surface (be sure to cover both sides).
Once you have given the board a good rub with the fleshy side of the lemon, let it sit for five minutes and then rinse and dry with warm water and a clean towel.
In addition to regular cleaning, you also need to season your table from time to time to ensure that it retains its qualities.
This means applying a little oil to the surface to rehydrate and feed the wood.
The best oil for this is coconut oil as it is low in unsaturated fats and does not give the wood a rancid odor.
When seasoning a wooden board, be sure to use only oil with a low content of unsaturated fats, as these can be oxidized very quickly and leave a rancid odor.
And that concludes our guide here.
While many people think that plastic cutting boards are more sanitary, it is actually the opposite.
Aside from being more hygienic, wood is much more durable, aesthetically pleasing and usable in a professional kitchen, which is why most chefs out there are available with wood cutting boards.
But to ensure that you are clean in the kitchen and to eliminate the risk of accidental food poisoning, make sure that your equipment is clean and well maintained.
Your wood cutting board will always be in top shape and ready for use with these tips and methods!
Last updated on February 4, 2021 by Andy Wang