Find the right chopping board for you

Chopping boards are one of the unsung heroes of any kitchen, and certainly one of the most important kitchen accessories in any home. You would be hard pressed to think of any dish that doesn't need a chopping board for preparing at least one of its ingredients.

There are a number of different types of chopping boards to fit every style of kitchen. From wooden slates, marble blocks, to glass boards and hard-wearing plastic models, there is no shortage of different makes of boards available. To learn more about which one is right for you, why not read Tesco's buying guide and learn more about these handy kitchen staples.

Chopping board material

The main consideration before choosing a chopping board is the material that offers the best surface for chopping and preparing your meals. Each material has its own advantages when it comes to food hygiene and long-term maintenance.

Wooden chopping boards

Probably the most popular choice of all - wooden chopping boards never seem to go out of fashion. With an attractive rustic look, wooden boards look good in any kitchen display and can last for years. Depending on the craftsmanship involved, wooden boards can vary in price and sophistication, but always offer good value for money.

One thing to keep in mind with wooden chopping boards is the cut of grain that is used. Most wooden chopping boards have a wood grain that runs parallel along the board, this is known as face grain or edge grain. This gives a durable surface, but as there is less give between the grain it can blunt knives over time. These boards are more suitable for large meat preparation jobs or chopping tasks.

End grain chopping boards eliminate this problem as the grain of the wood faces up, like thousands of tiny twigs. This allows the blade of your knife to pass between the grains reducing any blunting from frequent use. It is also more resilient to marks and scratches and will keep its appearance for longer. Due to these advantages end-grain boards tend to be a little bit more expensive.

Plastic chopping boards

As plastic is a non-porous material, plastic chopping boards are an extra-hygienic alternative to wooden boards. While they may not have the attractive natural look of wooden boards, they do tend to have a larger range of colours and styles. Plastic boards are also extremely long lasting, and come in a range of value for money prices making them ideal for everyday use.

Glass chopping boards

Glass chopping boards offer a stylish contemporary look that will fit in with any modern kitchen. Like plastic chopping boards, glass boards are non-porous and extremely easy to clean. The one drawback is that the hard surface can blunt knives over time. For this reason and for their heat resistant properties, glass boards are often used for other purposes like acting as a barrier to protect your worktop from hot pots and pans.

Marble chopping boards

For a beautiful addition to any kitchen, you can choose to buy a marble chopping board. Marble is an extremely durable and hygienic material, as well as having a unique aesthetic quality. Due to how hard it is marble can blunt knives over time, so like glass chopping boards they are often used as worktop protectors or surfaces for rolling dough.

Coloured chopping board

A great way to improve your kitchen's hygiene is to take advantage of colour coordinated chopping boards. This lets you use a particular colour of board for a particular food, eliminating the risk of cross contamination. Using colours like these can help keep you organized:

Yellow: for preparing poultry such as chicken and turkey.

Tan: for all fish and seafood produce.

Blue: for cooked food such as carving roasted meat or poultry.

White: for dairy products such as cheese.

Green: for the preparation of fruit and vegetables.

Red: for cutting and preparing meat like beef, lamb and pork.

Cleaning and Care

As your chopping board comes into contact with all manners of different foods, it is crucial to make sure that they are kept as clean and hygienic as possible. Fortunately keeping your chopping board well maintained is very easy.

Plastic chopping boards

Of all the types of chopping board, plastic ones are the easiest to clean. They are dishwasher safe and can be cleaned with hot water and soap. Handy small chopping boards don't require much storage space and can be used for daily kitchen jobs like making a sandwich or cutting cakes.

Wooden chopping boards

The majority of wooden chopping boards aren't dishwasher safe, but can be easily cleaned with soap and hot water. It is important to thoroughly clean them after preparing meat or poultry, as wood has a porous surface which can harbour bacteria.

Wooden boards can be cleaned with vinegar or bleach for an extra-thorough clean. Treatment oil is important for the long term maintenance of wooden chopping boards, and it can also improve the boards appearance as well.

Glass chopping boards

Glass chopping boards are easy to clean, and only require warm water and soap to keep them clean. They can be less durable than other materials, so it is always wise to be extra careful when cleaning them. They are also dishwater safe.

Marble chopping boards

Marble boards are not dishwasher safe, but can easily be cleaned with hot water and soap. Using vinegar is also an option if the board needs a deeper clean. If you have a ceramic basin, one thing to be aware of is that marble is an extremely hard material, so take care not to chip or crack your sink when washing the board.

As chopping boards are a relatively cost-effective purchase, there is nothing stopping you from buying different boards for different uses. Not only do they offer years of use for your kitchen, the right board can also make a stylish addition to your kitchenware, and is an especially great purchase with a new set of knives. Take a look at the excellent range of different chopping boards available and order for delivery from Tesco today.

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