Why it’s better to choose Bamboo Cutting Board over Wood or Plastic
Wood vs Plastic
There’s a lot of debate over whether it’s better to have a plastic cutting board or a wood cutting board. The debate centers around which is better for cutting meat and vegetables. Plastics are easily cut by knives leaving small slices that harbor germs. Plastic is associated with environmental problems. Plastic isn’t sturdy. A small amount of water under the board will cause it to skid across the counter top. Overall, wood is a better alternative.
Wood vs Bamboo
Though wood cutting boards clearly trump plastic in almost all ways, how do they fare against bamboo?
Trees are cut down for the wood in wood cutting boards. The hardest trees are the ones that are used for cutting boards, unfortunately, that means the oldest trees too. Bamboo is a grass. It takes only a few years to grow a bamboo plant that can be used for cutting boards, and the bamboo cutting board is harder than some woods. That means trees were not cut down for the creation of cutting boards.
The bamboo cutting board is hard enough that it will not be nicked and scored by knife cuts like other cutting boards. Fewer slices and knife cuts in the bamboo means that less bacteria will try to hide and make a home in there. The hardness of the bamboo means that it’s a desirable alternative to wood.
Bamboo is naturally antibacterial. The properties in the bamboo kill bacteria before they can take up residence. It’s always a smart practice to wash any cutting implements including the board, but it doesn’t require hot water and vigorous scrubbing with antibacterial cleansers after use. The unique antibacterial properties in the bamboo are the bamboo’s natural defense in the wild. It’s the protection that allows the bamboo to thrive without the use of pesticides.
Bamboo has properties that make it naturally antimicrobial too. The bamboo repels or kills microbes that can cause sickness. Never cut meat on a cutting board that is not cleaned properly. The bamboo cutting board will kill most bacteria and microbes, but it should always be decently cleaned before cutting fruits or vegetables.
Safe kitchen practices should be used during any meat handling. The antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of the bamboo cutting boards are not a replacement for responsible food handling and knife usage. Proper cleaning should involve hand washing of the bamboo cutting board.