Armed Polite Society

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

R.I.P. Scout26

Author Topic: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?  (Read 5722 times)

Ben

  • Administrator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 36,726
Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:55:06 AM »

I've recently switched mostly back to wood. I still keep a couple of plastic boards in the cupboard, but have switched back to wood for day to day stuff. I have one wood board dedicated to bread (I rarely buy bread, so I'm slicing daily) and the other to most everything else.

I used to worry about contamination, which is what switched me to plastic to begin with, but recently read some interesting articles that negate the plastic "advantage". Truth be told, I should be more worried about sterilizing and more often replacing the sponges I use to wipe down the boards than the boards themselves. Growing up, wood is all there was, and I don't think I ever got food poisoning from my parents using wood boards. :)

I treat mine with mineral oil, and when they get enough overly deep scratches, I think I'm going to try sanding them down and re-oiling them vs tossing and buying new.
"I'm a foolish old man that has been drawn into a wild goose chase by a harpy in trousers and a nincompoop."

K Frame

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 35,783
  • I Am Inimical
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 11:09:11 AM »

For most tasks I use flexible cutting mats.

They're cheap, they're really convenient, and they can be replaced often enough that it's generally not really an issue about contamination.

I gave up on wood boards some years ago after my last one started to split and warp.

I got several plastic cutting boards, but over time those started to warp. Some really badly to the point where I tossed them.

I have a really large plastic one that I use when I'm working with large piece of meat, full birds, etc.


Overall, though, I really like the flexible plastic cutting mats.

This set would be good. Less than $2 a mat. https://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Plastic-Cutting-Colorful-Kitchen/dp/B01HN7ZGUQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1514045313&sr=8-4&keywords=flexible+plastic+cutting+mat
Carbon Monoxide, sucking the life out of idiots, 'tards, and fools since man tamed fire.

RoadKingLarry

  • friends
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 19,319
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2017, 03:37:33 PM »

We've gone to all plastic.
My wife could seriously *expletive deleted*ck up a good wood cutting board.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.

Samuel Adams

Larry Ashcraft

  • Administrator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,296
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 04:31:08 PM »

We have all three, mat, plastic and wood.  Mostly use the mats and plastic boards in the kitchen, but come green chile time, wood works better for processing chiles.  My dad left me a bundle plus of oak flooring about 1.5" wide.  I cut those about 10" long and glue and pipe clamp them into boards about 8x10, and cap the ends with walnut, then soak in mineral oil.  A couple have split, but they are cheap and easy to make.  The way we process chile is, put the board in a large cookie sheet, scrape off any excess peel, cut the stem and remove the core and most of the seeds, and then scrape the waste of the board and grab another chile.  It works well, wife and I can process a bushel of roasted chiles in an hour or so.  In September, we'll get 6-12 family members and friends over and process chiles on folding tables out on the lawn, taking bowls of finished chiles into the house for further processing and freezing.  Wearing nitrile gloves with the obligatory bottle of beer by your side, naturally.

Guess I got a little off topic there, but wood works better because of the thickness.

zxcvbob

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 10,621
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 04:41:49 PM »

Wood is more sanitary than plastic.  Plastic is hard to clean totally once it gets little cuts in the surface. Wood is antibacterial somehow; clean it as best you can, and it kills the germs as it dries.  (I read that somewhere)  And if you do need to use a sanitizer on it, the wood doesn't repel it like plastic.

I do use plastic cutting boards anyway; I have both kinds and use whichever is clean and available.
"It's good, though..."

bedlamite

  • Hold my beer and watch this!
  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 8,731
  • Ack! PLBTTPHBT!
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2017, 04:43:32 PM »

I generally use wood for veggies, plastic for meat. Roll up plastic mats are under $1 each locally.
Is defenestration possible through the overton window?

Fly320s

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 13,743
  • Formerly, Arthur, King of the Britons
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2017, 05:25:42 PM »

Wood is more sanitary than plastic.  Plastic is hard to clean totally once it gets little cuts in the surface. Wood is antibacterial somehow; clean it as best you can, and it kills the germs as it dries.  (I read that somewhere)  And if you do need to use a sanitizer on it, the wood doesn't repel it like plastic.

I do use plastic cutting boards anyway; I have both kinds and use whichever is clean and available.

The wood isnít anitbacterial, the oil protecting the wood is.  That is why wood cutting boards are less likey to have germs than plastic, but that is only true as long as the wood is properly maintained and oiled.
Islamic sex dolls.  Do they blow themselves up?

lupinus

  • Southern Mod Trimutive Emeritus
  • friends
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 9,178
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2017, 05:26:48 PM »

I really like and prefer my butcher block boards, and will use them for everything. Concerns about bacteria and stuff with them are largely overblown.

That said, I do use plastic a lot. I don't like it as much. But I'm lazy and plastic can goin the dishwasher.

Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
That is all. *expletive deleted*ck you all, eat *expletive deleted*it, and die in a fire. I have considered writing here a long parting section dedicated to each poster, but I have decided, at length, against it. *expletive deleted*ck you all and Hail Satan.

p12

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 986
  • I SEE NOISES!!
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2017, 08:10:05 PM »

My latest cutting board purchase was bamboo. Love em.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

grampster

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 8,933
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2017, 09:46:58 PM »

Swmbo has Corian and glass.
"Never wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it."  G.B. Shaw

zxcvbob

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 10,621
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2017, 10:01:03 PM »

Swmbo has Corian and glass.

Glass will quickly dull your knives.  If you're okay with that and can resharpen them yourself, it's a good choice.  I don't know about Corian.
"It's good, though..."

Firethorn

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 5,789
  • Where'd my explosive space modulator go?
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2017, 10:05:00 PM »

The wood isnít anitbacterial, the oil protecting the wood is.  That is why wood cutting boards are less likey to have germs than plastic, but that is only true as long as the wood is properly maintained and oiled.

Well there's this, and that wood, for whatever reason will have bacteria in it, but not transfer it.  It holds the bacteria better than most things you put on the board, basically.

K Frame

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 35,783
  • I Am Inimical
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2017, 11:20:53 PM »

Corian is ATROCIOUS for knives!

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk
Carbon Monoxide, sucking the life out of idiots, 'tards, and fools since man tamed fire.

KD5NRH

  • friends
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 10,926
  • I'm too sexy for you people.
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2017, 11:54:01 PM »

Lead won't damage your blades as badly, and when it gets too scuffed up you can just melt it down and recast, with the bonus of sterilizing it at the same time.

Ben

  • Administrator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 36,726
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2017, 09:32:16 AM »

Lead won't damage your blades as badly, and when it gets too scuffed up you can just melt it down and recast, with the bonus of sterilizing it at the same time.

Ah... lead exposure. Finally we understand.

 =D
"I'm a foolish old man that has been drawn into a wild goose chase by a harpy in trousers and a nincompoop."

lupinus

  • Southern Mod Trimutive Emeritus
  • friends
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 9,178
Re: Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2017, 11:37:03 AM »

The wood isnít anitbacterial, the oil protecting the wood is.  That is why wood cutting boards are less likey to have germs than plastic, but that is only true as long as the wood is properly maintained and oiled.
Actually the tannins in the wood do have some antimicrobial properties to it.

Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
That is all. *expletive deleted*ck you all, eat *expletive deleted*it, and die in a fire. I have considered writing here a long parting section dedicated to each poster, but I have decided, at length, against it. *expletive deleted*ck you all and Hail Satan.

Mannlicher

  • Grumpy Old Gator
  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1,435
  • The Bonnie Blue
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2017, 08:29:18 PM »

no reason to choose anything other than wood.  Better for your knives, more sanitary, looks better.

Kingcreek

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2,513
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2017, 09:04:36 PM »

Wood in the kitchen, one for veggies only and one for meat only.
Plastic for butchering because it's easier to get BIG plastic cutting boards than it is wood.
What we have here is failure to communicate.

French G.

  • friend
  • Senior Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 9,182
  • ohhh sparkles!
Re: Cutting Boards - Wood or Plastic?
« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2017, 02:24:32 AM »

Wood. Plastic is gross and glass is a crime against knives. I am fond of giving my wood boards the Jewish treatment, if they have been used for meat I scrub them down with salt, lots of salt and let the slurry sit for awhile. Don't like soap on them.
AKA Navy Joe   

I'm so contrarian that I didn't respond to the thread.