If you are preparing anything in your kitchen, you need to always be aware of the health hazards involved. Cross-contamination is a big issue, especially when it comes to cutting boards. That’s why you need to be careful about which cutting boards you choose. Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards are some of the best.
Why Cross-Contamination Happens
Before you can understand why the Cut-N-Slice boards can reduce cross-contamination, you need to understand why it happens in the first place. One reason is that you may not be using the right type of cutting board. For example a wood cutting board is definitely not appropriate for cutting raw meats. The juices and bacteria from the meats can seep down into the board.
Another problem is that you may not be washing your cutting board properly. Washing the cutting board by hand can often result in missing a few spots, which can lead to harmful bacteria growth. That’s why it is important to wash the cutting board thoroughly. It is also why most chefs choose dishwasher-safe cutting boards.
A third issue is that you should never use the same cutting board for cutting raw red meats, fruits and vegetables and chicken. It’s very important that you have a designated cutting board for each task. Specifically, it is vital that you only cut raw meat on the raw meat cutting board.
One major cross-contamination problem that can occur in the kitchen, and which often gets overlooked, occurs during the transfer of the food. For example, let’s say that you are dicing up a chicken breast to be used in a stir fry. Well, carrying the diced chicken across the kitchen and dumping it into the pan can often result in drips and spills. You may not even notice some of those small drip marks on your counter or floor, but they can lead to major bacteria problems in your kitchen.
Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards offer a great solution to the problem of keeping your cutting boards separate and remembering which is which. They come in three packs and each board is a different color and has a different symbol on it. That makes it easy to tell the chicken and shrimp cutting board from the one used for cutting raw red meats or the one used for cutting fruits and vegetables.
The color coding system is also easy to follow. Pink is the color of raw meat. So, it is the meat cutting board. Green is the color of plants and vegetation. So, the green cutting board is for fruits and vegetables. The remaining cutting board, which is yellow, is to be used for chicken and shrimp.
One of the greatest things about the Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards is that they are flexible. You can bend them and use them as convenient transfer devices. Just pick up the cutting board, carry it to the dish, pan or pot and bend it into a funnel shape. The food will fall straight into the container. So, you’ll be guaranteed to avoid cross-contaminating your kitchen.