This week’s Kitchen Basics 101 is all about How to Properly Clean a Cutting Board. I don’t know about you, but we use our cutting board almost every day. Normally, we use it to cut up our veggies and fruits, but there are times when we need to use it for raw fish or meat. It is very important to wash your cutting board no matter what you are using it for. You don’t want to contaminate your food and make everyone in your family sick with food poisoning! Follow these simple steps below to clean your cutting board and eliminate the risk of cross contamination. Remember, you always want to cut your vegetables before you cut your meats.
There are several ways to get your cutting board clean. You can clean your cutting board with dish soap and hot water. This method works fine in killing germs. You can also spray your cutting board with hydrogen peroxide. I know you are thinking that I’m crazy for suggesting hydrogen peroxide, but it really does clean a wooden cutting board! My next suggestion is my favorite and how I usually clean my cutting board! Vinegar!! You all know how much I love vinegar and it is no different in this instance. Clean your cutting board with dish soap and hot water, then spray your board with vinegar. I like to let it sit for several minutes, or longer, and then I rinse with hot water. Let air dry in a clean spot.
Here is a break down of how I clean my wooden cutting board. ( or Polyethylene)
#1. Put cutting board in the sink.
#2. Thoroughly clean with dish soap and hot water.
#4. Spray with white vinegar. Allow to sit for several minutes and then rinse.
#4. Let the cutting board to air dry.
#5. Put the clean cutting board in a dry and clean spot.
I really advise against using any type of bleach product on your cutting board. This is a personal preference of mine, of course, but why put all those harsh chemicals on something that you are going to put your food on?
How do you keep your cutting board clean? I’d love to hear about it! So, leave me a comment and tell me how you clean your cutting board!
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