Wooden Cutting Board If you’ve spent any time shopping for cutting boards, you’ve probably heard conflicting opinions about whether wood or plastic is better. Now, you can add bamboo to the list too. The fact is they’re all okay...

Wooden Cutting Board
Wooden Cutting Board

If you’ve spent any time shopping for cutting boards, you’ve probably heard conflicting opinions about whether wood or plastic is better. Now, you can add bamboo to the list too. The fact is they’re all okay to use when you care for them properly. This is a quick guide to finding the right cutting board for you and keeping it in top shape.

Wood cutting boards

Food safety experts at the United States Department of Agriculture confirm that you don’t have to give up your wood cutting board over safety concerns. Hard wood is less resistant to bacteria than bamboo or plastic, but simple precautions go a long way so you can feel good about enjoying something like this gorgeous oval acacia board that doubles as a serving tray.

Plastic cutting boards

They’re light weight and easy to care for. You can throw them right in the dishwasher. Maybe you’ll want to upgrade to a heat-resistant melamine version in a stylish floral pattern. Unlike wood, plastic cutting boards have no inherent antiseptic properties. However, unlike wood, plastic boards do allow rinsing with harsher cleaning chemicals such as bleach and other disinfectants without damage to the board or retention of the chemicals to later contaminate food.