Re: Cutting board advice
- Since I spent a lot of time studing culinary history for my classes and
research for my book, I did a lot of looking and talking to old people.
Wooden chopping blocks were used long before plastic was ever though of,
some 35,000 years before.
The wood used was dependant on the area of the world in which we are talking
Anyway the wood blocks, or cutting boards were cleaned with a mixture of
boiling hot water, and or wine, even beer was used in Eygpt.
Good hardwoord cutting boards can be easier on knives than some plasctics,
but since wood is organic living things can live in the cracks if not well
cared for (i.e. cleaned). But I have also seen mold and mildew live on
My advise is to use what ever you are comfortable with, I don't think that
you want one of those large old butcher block type that I like so well, they
take up a lot of space in your kitchen.
"Colin Povey" <cpovey@...> wrote in message
> One observation: People for hundreds of years used wooden cutting
> boards, and to the best of my knowledge, there were no mass epidemics
> reported of people dying from their use. And this was before bleach was
> invented and/or routienly used.
> No one with any real knowledge that wooden boards are easier on knives
> than plastic.