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    There has been an ongoing debate about the safety of wood and plastic cutting boards. Dr. Dean O. Cliver, Professor Emeritus at the University of California Davis Food Safety Laboratory researched the safety of wood vs plastic cutting boards and published his findings in a report “Plastic and Wood Cutting Boards”. Here is an excerpt from that report:


    "We believe, on the basis of our published and to-be-published research, that food can be prepared safely on wooden cutting surfaces and that plastic cutting surfaces present some disadvantages that had been overlooked until we found them."



    In essence, his study seemed to suggest that anti-microbial properties are inherit in wood and that surface bacteria die within minutes.

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    To read a more in-depth article on this subject, click here.

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    I got both types, but the plastic one can be washed in the dishwasher, while the wooden one can't.
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    I got both also but I usually used the plastic one coz it's easy to wash, and wood cutting boards are also good, but as what big said you can't wash them. But I guess wooden board was the safer one.

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    According to my experience Plastic cutting boards are far better in all means........

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    All of you are correct about the dishwasher issue. However, caring for wood cutting boards may be easier than you think. Check out How To Care For Wooden Cutting Boards

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    I'm planning to get a large non-sliding plastic one the next time I'm at a BB&B store.
    They got a very wide selection of choices there!

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    Plastic is more economical but Wood looks way better. In my experience, wood is better for residential food prep, but plastic is better for commercial.

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    Yeah, plastic IS more favorable over wooden cutting boards in the commercial / food service world, mainly because it is machine washable, and is more sanitary than wood.

    Bacteria can hide deep down in the bowels of wooden cutting boards, whereas with plastic cutting boards, bacteria & germs can't hide. They are right on the surface, which make them easier to destroy. And they can't penetrate the material.
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    I tend to use plastic chopping boards for meats/poultry, but use wood for veges/everything else

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    Wood is also good for slicing bread on.
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    I prefer wood or glass. I don't care for plastic

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    I used to use plastic almost exclusively until someone gave me a Proteak cutting board as a gift. I'm not sure if it is the teak wood or the make of the cutting board, but it is an amazing cutting surface. I have been a teak wood user now for the last 5 years. I have also heard bamboo is a great surface to work with. I was always skeptical to use wood for cutting meat, but have read some pretty authoritative articles similar to the one you posted that seemed to dispel some of those myths.

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    You should stay away from glass or other hard suffices, they will dull your knives.

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    I have both plastic and wood boards. I have a bamboo board that I really like and it is extremely hard. I use it for veggies. Use plastic boards with meats.

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    i think wooden is better b'coz i've one made of neem tree, its eco friendly and anti-bacterial naturally!

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    Wood is superior due to its edge friendly properties. Glass is the absolute worst, you might as well cut on the concrete your driveway is made of or a brick. Bamboo is very hard and the amount of glue used to adhere all the small pieces can be tough on edges. While plastic can be washed in the dishwasher, this is no way means it is sanitized. The cuts that are present in plastic can harbor bacteria which wood wicks the bacteria inside the wood fibers where they die due to a lack of moisture. A wooden board can be resurfaced, plastic can't. Once thrown away and placed into a landfill, a plastic board will last forever. They aren't recyclable.

    Which wood to use??? The general rule of thumb is to use the wood from any tree with an edible sap; maple syrup from hard maple trees; or any tree with an edible nut or fruit; oak, walnut pecan, etc.

    Which wood to stay away from??? Most of the exotics. Some contain oils that can be toxic to humans. (Black locust from America can kill a mule.) Woods like teak contain silica which will dull a good edge quickly. ANY spalted wood! Not only weak but the fungus/bacteria is deadly to humans. Another rule of thumb, if the insects won't eat it, don't use it for food preparation.

    Washing any board is essential and after talking with customers, I have found that a lot of people simply don't bother.

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    Default Wood vs Plastic

    Wood> Good for knife
    Plastic> Good for sanitation (just watch out for the deep cuts on the board)

    My preference is plastic because i can drop it in the dishwasher and dont have to worry about it being clean and sanitized (especially after cutting raw chicken).

    Here is our best selling Wood board...

    http://http://www.cooksdirect.com/pr...ards/john-boos

    Here is our best selling Plastic board

    San Jamar Saf-T-Grip Cutting Boards - Kitchen Supplies - CookDirect.com

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    Plastic vs wood? It is impossible to beat the beauty of wood as compared to the stark blandness of plastic. www.TheBoardSMITH.com.

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    I have read the article. I got both in my house, I think, I will start using the wooden one and dispose the plastic copping board. Thank for the post!

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