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Wood Vs Plastic

By June 4, 2021One Comment

Wood Vs Plastic 

 

 

Wood is natural, strong, and durable. The different species of wood used by Bello Cutting Boards yield to knife edges, are antibacterial, and exhibits self-healing properties. Other materials cannot come close to matching wood as the best material for cutting boards for a variety of reasons.

 

 

Plastic

Besides being harmful to the environment, one of the main problems with plastic is that it is unsanitary.
Yes it has been scientifically proven ( and ) verified by more than one study) that bacteria actually thrives much better on plastic cutting boards than on natural wood cutting boards.

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Wood Species

Another factor to consider is the species of wood. The specific kind of wood used will impact every facet of the board — including its appearance, cleanliness, and ability to keep your kitchen knives in tip-top shape.

Cutting boards should always be made from a closed grain hardwood. Cherry, Teak, maple, and walnut are all closed grain hardwoods that are not too hard on your knives’ edges. Only trees that produce edible nuts, fruit, or syrup should be used in cutting boards, as they are free from toxins and therefore safe for contact with food.

Cherry , Maple and walnut makes the ideal cutting board material because it checks all of the appropriate boxes: it’s dense enough to be durable under heavy use, soft enough to keep your knives sharp, and because it’s derived edible fruit trees it’s toxin-free and totally suitable for food contact surfaces.

Below are descriptions of several different wood species and why they shouldn’t be used for cutting boards & food prep.

Ash Wood

Ash wood have many pores that can harbor bits and pieces of food, and that provide a good habitat for bacteria to flourish.

Tropical Varieties

Many tropical woods contain toxins. These toxins are produced by the trees themselves in order to keep the plethora of insect and microbial life found in the warmer tropical regions from eating their way into the tree’s flesh.

Larch Wood

Larch is a popular end grain wood source, as its prominent growth rings make a very attractive visual pattern. Unfortunately, it’s a bit too soft to make for an ideal cutting surface and will quickly mark up, making it both unattractive and unhygienic.

 

Acacia Wood

Acacia wood is too soft for use in a cutting board and will quickly develop deep grooves.

 

Bamboo

Bamboo is a grass, not wood, and is only able to be used as long grain. This means the grass fibers will break and show knife marks, making it harder to clean. Bamboo also cannot be refinished, and is 19 percent harder than traditional maple – so it’s also harder on your knives. Additionally, the small grooves in a bamboo board tend to ever-so-slightly catch your knife blade, interrupting a smooth cutting action.

The Difference is Clear

There are no shortcuts in good craftsmanship. Bello cutting boards are painstakingly constructed, taking a minimum of 20 core steps and hundreds of intermediary steps to meet our exacting standards. We obsess over the details and use only the highest quality materials to create the best possible ownership experience based on looks, durability, ease of use, and safety. When you buy a Bello cutting board, you can be 100% sure that you’re investing in the best product that money can buy.

 

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