Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Green Wednesday: How to care for your Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are probably one of the most use tools in the kitchen. But regardless if you have the greenest bamboo board, or just a regular wood one or just a simple plastic one, the way we clean them is critical since most of the food we eat get in contact with them.

Here are a couple of tips on how to care for them in a green way!

First, always separate your cutting boards to avoid cross-contamination. You can color coded or just simple mark them. You should have one cutting board for meats, one for dairy and one for veggies and fruits.

Second, never clean your cutting boards with chemical products. You can go the extra mile of buying everything organic but if you then place your produce in a board filled with chemicals you are not benefiting from buying organic.

* plastic cutting boards: you can put them in your dishwasher but make sure you are using an organic dish soap.

* wood or bamboo cutting board: you can rinse them with water and clean them with baking soda and lemon using a toothbrush ( not only is it safer but they end up smelling great).

And last, disinfect your boards once a week by soaking them in white vinegar to kill any bacteria that can cause salmonella and E. coli without any hazardous side effects!

For a greener healthier life!

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