It is difficult to imagine a modern kitchen without a cutting board. Despite the fact that this attribute is often given few requirements - it only needs to be strong, comfortable and clean, however, a modern cutting board can have a lot of convenient additionsdesigned to simplify the kitchen work.
If you are arranging a kitchen and selecting all the accessories and appliances necessary for cooking, including kitchen boards, the tips collected in this article will help you make the right choice. You will learn not only about the types and functionality of cutting boards, but also how many of them you will need for your kitchen.
The required number of cutting boards
According to hygienic standards in the kitchen there should be a separate board for cutting raw foods, a separate board for cutting meat and fish, as well as a board for sausages. The fact is that in raw meat and fish there can be bacteria that persist for a rather long time on the surface of the board. And even having washed it, not all bacteria die. Therefore, when cutting raw foods for meat and fish, which are immediately eaten, bacteria can enter the body, causing poisoning.
However, it is even better if separate boards are also used for cutting both meat and fish. Since the smell of fish is quite persistent, it is unlikely to get rid of it after the first wash.
In professional kitchens in catering establishments, kitchen boards must be labeled in accordance with the products that are cut on them. At home, it is most convenient to use boards of different colors, shapes or materials.
Types of cutting boards
Previously, kitchen boards were made mainly of wood or plastic. Due to its convenience and practicality, the boards of these materials are present in our kitchens and now.
Wooden chopping boards are excellent for processing and cutting meat, fish, bakery products, vegetables and greens. In addition, the wooden board is recommended to use in working with dough. Due to the softness and flexibility of the wood, the knife does not become blunt when in contact with this material, and the products do not slip. However, over time, the wooden boards are quite noticeable traces of a knife.
The disadvantage of a kitchen board made of this material is that wood tends to absorb the odors and colors of food. In addition, when washing wooden boards, it is not advisable to use detergents, because... Because of their substances, the tree is deformed.
The disadvantage of plastic cutting boards is that the plastic does not withstand high temperatures, which is why such a board cannot be used as a stand.
Modern types of cutting boards include boards made from tempered glass. The glass board is durable, hygienic, and also resistant to chemicals, moisture and can withstand very high temperatures. In addition, this board has a beautiful design that fits harmoniously into any kitchen interior. The only disadvantage of a board made of this material is its hard surface, which makes the knives dull.
There are also bamboo boards, the appearance of which practically does not differ from wooden ones. However, this material is considered more hygienic, durable and does not absorb moisture. The disadvantage of a bamboo board is that for its manufacture several strips of bamboo are glued together, and the glue may lose its properties over time, due to which the board is deformed or even crumbles.
Unusual models of cutting boards
Despite the apparent simplicity and perfection of kitchen boards, many modern manufacturers have decided to modify this kitchen attribute, making it more multifunctional.
For example, now you can find cutting boards on a stand, with built-in containers, weights and a storage compartment for knives. It is also very convenient to use kits consisting of a cutting board and a bowl or plate. These boards have special compartments where plates are inserted, so that after cutting the products they can be poured with just one movement of the knife.
Many housewives will surely like the boards, which have pallets for shifting sliced products at the bottom. Instead of containers, boxes for storing knives or cutlery can also be built into the design of the board.
And, of course, manufacturers pay special attention to the design of each kitchen accessory. A modern cutting board can look both quite futuristic and be decorated with various bright drawings and even paintings.