It goes without saying that 2020 was a tough year for everyone. But one silver-lining is that because we stayed home, we looked around and wondered ‘how can I make my home more comfortable and practical?’. Whether you’re setting up your kitchen for the first time or you’re looking to give it a makeover, we’re sharing one of our favourite kitchen must-haves, so that you can improve your kitchen.
Early research shows the number of home renovations was the highest it had been in over 20 years! And a big focus of home renovations is still the kitchen. In fact, more money is spent on renovating kitchens than other rooms.
Anyone who has renovated their kitchen will tell you that stone kitchen benchtops and stylish cabinets are just the beginning. You’ve got to have the right tools in your kitchen to take your entertaining and cookery skills to the next level.
So, maybe your kitchen is newly renovated and you’re at the stage of thinking about the best kitchen tools to buy to make your house a home. Or perhaps you’re on a mission to improve your current kitchen to make it as functional and stylish as possible. There is one must-have kitchen tool that every home chef and entertainer needs: a large benchtop cutting board.
There aren’t many kitchen tools that are as versatile, high quality, long lasting and timelessly attractive as a large wooden cutting board like the extra-large Mogo chopping board. This benchtop board is aesthetically designed to live out on your bench as a key feature of your kitchen while still showing off your benchtop.
Plus, our chopping boards are made to be resilient to water and have natural anti-bacterial properties. And it gets even better: the acacia wood Wild Wood uses can handle everyday use with sharp knives and utensils but won’t dull your knife the way a plastic or glass cutting board will!
The popularity of open plan homes and kitchens that flow into dining and living areas has increased the importance of making sure the utensils sitting on your bench top not only work well but look great even with everyday use. This has led to an increase in the demand for larger chopping boards because they are both practical and attractive. Not to mention the fact that it makes a perfect gift for Father’s Day!
The versatility and longevity of these boards are among some of the reasons why these are a kitchen must-have. And believe it or not, when you know how to look after your Wild Wood chopping board, it will last a lifetime!
When you walk into a kitchen what are the first features you notice? The kitchen benchtops, the stove, and the oven. We notice these features of a kitchen because they are the most prominent and expensive aspects.
In fact, the kitchen bench is the most common part to be upgraded in a renovation according to consumer research. Not only that, but your kitchen bench can require the most maintenance if it is made from natural stone or oiled timber.
Natural stone is a timeless and luxurious benchtop material. But because it is porous, citrus, wine, tea, and coffee can easily stain the surface. A quick fix to protect your stone benchtop is to get your hands on a large wooden benchtop board like our Murray Butcher’s block.
The Murray Butcher’s block is carefully crafted to not only be an attractive key feature of your kitchen, but also practical. Designed with a juice lane, it is an effective and aesthetic way of preventing liquids from your food preparation spilling and staining your benchtop. A feature that most plastic and glass chopping boards don’t offer.
On top of this, you’ll also benefit from using a benchtop board as a heat mat to protect your bench from hot oven dishes and cookware.
The most common problem with a small kitchen is the limited amount of bench space.
If you’ve ever lived in an apartment or a small home, there is no doubt you understand how tricky it is to prepare a meal or entertain when you haven’t got enough room for food preparation. The constant shifting and moving just to have enough space for your chopping board amongst your appliances is like trying to do a puzzle with pieces that don’t fit together.
But there is a solution to limited bench space in a small kitchen. Getting your hands on a large wooden cutting board to position over your sink can make your small kitchen more functional.
The average size of a kitchen sink is about 55x70cm which means our Yass extra-large long grain cutting board will fit length-ways over most kitchen sinks. Now you’ve just bought yourself about 2000cm2 of bench space! This is a huge amount when you consider the average amount of bench space for a 1 to 2 person kitchen is 1.9m.
However, if you want a chopping board that isn’t as large, but still want the additional food preparation space, then get a board to sit over your cooktop burners when you’re not using them.
A large wooden chopping board sitting over your sink or stove top is an easy way to make a small kitchen more functional. Now you’ll be able to take your home chef skills and entertaining to the next level in a small kitchen too!
But don’t just take our word for it. Get your hands on one of our large wooden benchtop boards and it will speak for itself.
Plastic Free July has started. But it’s never too late to get on board and act more intentionally about our plastic consumption.
So, if you are wondering how to live a plastic free life this July, here are 3 easy steps that you might not have thought of.
We’ve all heard the mantra ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’. We roll out the recycling bins every fortnight and reuse where we can. Maybe you’re even collecting water bottles for the ten-cent return.
But have you thought about replacing the plastic in your home? It’s no secret that plastic is not only hazardous to the environment but also to our health, living plastic free is a must.
Now, the easiest place to start reducing the plastic in your home is in the kitchen where most plastic is used. Plus, it’s the gateway for every plastic item ending up eventually in the trash or worse, down the drain and into the ocean.
Have a look around your kitchen. What are the first plastic items that come to mind?
Food containers, Ziplock bags, cling wrap, plastic bottles.
The number and list of plastic in your kitchen is long. We come across it every day. Did you know the average Australian uses 130 kilograms of plastic in one year? On top of this, a mere 9% of plastic waste was recycled in 2019. And even worse: households are a larger contributor to plastic waste than manufacturing!
But there is one plastic item that seems to have an unnecessarily enduring place in the kitchen.
The item? The chopping board.
Your plastic chopping board is probably made out of polypropylene or PP. PP is heat resistant and won’t leach chemicals into your food. But even though it’s durable it has some serious pitfalls. Have you thought about what happens each time you score and scrape the surface?
Not only will you dull your knife, but you’re creating tiny bits of plastic called microplastics which are an environmental and health disaster.
And we haven’t even mentioned how each groove in a plastic cutting board harbors millions of bacteria even after you’ve washed it!
It’s a common misconception that a plastic chopping board is more hygienic than a wooden one. But the truth of the matter is that a high-quality wooden chopping board is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also more durable and attractive than a plastic one. All these reasons contribute to why wooden chopping boards are a better kitchen companion than plastic. So why not get a head start on getting rid of plastic in your home with a Wild Wood wooden chopping board?
Do you ever struggle to think of what to buy for a wedding or birthday? We’ve all been in that situation where you want to buy something meaningful but don’t want to blow the budget.
Make your choice a lot simpler by gifting environmentally friendly products starting this Plastic Free July.
You can’t lose when you’re buying something that is meaningful on so many levels: considerate to the environment, thoughtful for the recipient. On top of this, buying environmentally friendly and plastic free gifts often means you’re buying from a local business selling high-quality and ethically sourced goods.
What better way to ensure that alternatives to plastic products are shared than with an environmentally friendly product?
Anyone who has heard of Plastic Free July knows it’s about finding lasting solutions to reducing and eliminating our reliance on plastic. One way to do this is to buy ethically sourced and high-quality items.
Ethical sourcing is the process of ensuring the products being sourced are obtained in a responsible and sustainable way. It also means that environmental and social impacts are taken into consideration during the sourcing process.
You don’t have to search for long to find out the harm that manufacturing and consuming plastic has on the environment. On top of this, did you know that most plastic can only be recycled once or twice before it loses its structural integrity?
So, even if you buy a product made from 100% recycled plastic – an ethically sourced material – you’re still buying plastic that overtime won’t break down once you stop using it. It will merely break apart into fine plastic particles called mermaid tears.
The truth of the matter is that we need to reduce the demand for plastic in the first place. But how can we do that? By purchasing not only ethically sourced goods but also high-quality.
High-quality items last the wear and tear of everyday use which means they’re less likely to end up being thrown away.
The simplest way to think about whether an item is ethically sourced and high-quality is to ask these questions: Who made this? What materials are used? How was it made?
Today more than ever, it’s easier to find out the story behind what you purchase. This is because businesses are responding to the increasing demand to know where our goods come from.
Basically, it is a good measure of an ethically sourced and high-quality item if you’re able to easily and clearly find the story behind the product. At Wild Wood, our chopping boards and other wooden products are all ethically sourced.
With all of this in mind, here are some of our favourite ethically sourced and high-quality products.
– Replace your scratched and stained plastic chopping board with a Wild Wood cutting board that’ll last for as long as you love it
– Ditch your cling wrap for a Charles Viancin silicone lid
– Avoid plastic takeaway cutlery with a Carry your cutlery kit. It even includes a straw!
– Say goodbye to collecting used coffee pods for recycling with Podstar’s reusable stainless steel ones
– An easy go-to gift that everyone needs is sunscreen. Check out Sea Shepherd’s plastic-free and reef safe sunscreen
Now you can get a head start on replacing the plastic in your home and buying environmentally friendly gifts just in time for Plastic Free July. Use all these tips and tricks to help you and others understand how to live plastic free not only this July but all year round.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a cheese board, is there? Believe it or not, whipping up one that’s both mouth-watering and gorgeous is as simple as following five easy steps. In this post, we’re going to teach you how to make the perfect cheese board every time. One that’s sure to impress your friends!
The first thing to decide upon when building your cheese board is what kind of cheese you’ll include. A good rule of thumb is to have two to three cheeses to place on the board.
How much you use of each depends on how many people you’re serving. It will also depend on whether the cheese board will be served as an appetiser or the primary food source at your gathering.
You also don’t want to pick all of the same kinds of cheese. It’s nice to have a little variety, which you can do by mixing different textures and flavours.
For instance, you can create a mix of textures by opting for a soft cheese (like brie or camembert), a cheddar cheese (like a Club style), and a blue cheese (such as a Danish-style blue).
Or you might prefer to try different strengths by combining mild and strong cheeses on the same platter. This gives your guests options depending on what suits their personal preferences.
You can even choose various colours and shapes of cheeses to create a more visually attractive cheese board. After all, presentation is essential when making the perfect cheese board.
While cheese is certainly the star of the show, what makes an amazing cheese board is the other complementary elements you choose to add. Here are a few cheese board essentials to consider:
Preserved Products & Dried Meats: Prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni are meats that pair nicely with various cheeses. You can also add olives (black, green, or stuffed), pickles, and even marinated artichoke hearts.
Prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni are meats that pair nicely with various cheeses. You can also add olives (black, green, or stuffed), pickles, and even marinated artichoke hearts.
It’s smart to add a healthy element, making fruits and veggies a great choice. Try adding grapes, apple slices, or some berries. You might also like blanched veggies like asparagus or broccoli. Tomatoes and peppers can be a nice addition as well.
Satisfy a sweet tooth by adding chocolates, chocolate or yoghurt-covered nuts, or even some dried mango. This is perfect if the cheese board will be served after dinner in place of a traditional dessert.
Some sort of biscuit is a must, as they provide a base to hold meat and cheese when needed. Your cheese board can have wheat or rice crackers, breadsticks, or even pita bread slices. Just make sure to keep the flavours simple so they crackers don’t overpower the delicious cheese.
And finally, you’ll want to add a few garnishes to spruce up the overall presentation of your cheese board. Rosemary sprigs, mint, or coriander are all great options here.
The ideas are endless when making the best cheese board, as these suggestions are only the beginning. For many cheese board enthusiasts, condiments like jam and honey are also a must. You can pair your cheese board with some of our wooden accessories like a honey dipper or a mustard spoon. Just remember, there’s nothing worse than an overcrowded board. Keep it simple as not to overwhelm your guests with options.
Once you’ve stocked up on all the cheese board essentials, the next step is to assemble everything. After all, it’s not just about the flavours!
The presentation of a cheese board is a huge part of the experience. Here at Wild Wood, we like our platter to look organised and smart, not too messy.
These five steps will teach you how to make the perfect cheese board every time:
When assembling a cheese board, you always want to start with your two to three chosen kinds of cheese. There are two ways you can go about cheese placement.
You can opt to group them all together in a bunch on one side or corner of the board or spread them out. Once you’ve done this, the next few steps will be a breeze.
As you’re placing the cheeses, don’t pre-slice anything. We recommend providing knives and allowing guests to serve themselves.
They can choose how much or how little of a particular cheese they’d like to take this way. Plus, it looks more appealing this way.
Don’t you think a whole wedge or wheel of cheese looks much more beautiful when presented on a wooden platter?
Next, you can start adding things like meats and other salty items. As mentioned, prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni are great options for a cheese board.
All you need to do is add neat piles surrounding your cheese. Olives and nuts can be added during this step as well. If you’d like, you can use bowls to keep everything (like those olives) in place, so things stay tidy.
A variety of flavour profiles is part of what makes a successful cheese board. That’s why sweets provide a nice change of pace.
Add some fresh or dried fruit and even some chocolate-covered nuts to give your guests something to snack on between bites of cheese and salty meats. Create a few piles of sweet treats across your cheese board.
Now, wherever you see empty space on your board, you can begin stacking your preferred crackers. Nestled in between cheeses, meats, and other foods, the crackers will sit perfectly in place and will be accessible to anyone reaching for a snack.
Adding a few garnishes is really what will take your cheese board to the next level. A few sprigs of fresh rosemary can make a huge difference, as they not only look smart, but they smell amazing too.
Sometimes we’ll even use a small, leafed vine straight from the garden because it looks great while also adding a little something unique.
If you want to create an Instagram-worthy cheese board, it all starts with the base. A gorgeous wooden cheese board makes a huge difference when it comes to the overall styling and presentation.
And here at Wild Wood, we have some beautiful options for you to choose from.
Check out our best wooden cheese boards to find one that suits your style.
Plastic cutting boards have been around for a long time now. Many people choose to use them in both personal and professional kitchens. A huge factor in their popularity is because it was (falsely) believed plastic cutting boards were the more hygienic option. Since it’s a non-porous surface, people thought it would be less likely to absorb liquids, therefore decreasing the risk of cross-contamination when cooking. But is that true?
Now, we’re settling this age-old kitchen debate of wood cutting board vs. plastic cutting board. We’re sharing everything you need to know about each option, including which one is the best (and safest) option when preparing a meal.
In the world of cutting and chopping boards, there are so many options to choose from. It can be rather overwhelming! However, when it comes to wood vs. plastic, there’s really only one answer.
To help you make an educated decision when purchasing essentials for your kitchen, we’re breaking down everything you need to know. Here are the facts about each one:
People choose plastic cutting boards for a variety of reasons. Because plastic can come in any colour, some choose plastic cutting boards to match their kitchen decor and dishes. Others choose to colour-code their cutting boards as a way to prevent cross-contamination. For instance, they’ll use one board for handling meats and another for fruits and veggies. And since they’re also dishwasher safe, it makes for easier clean-up. While all of that may sound great, there are some downsides to using a plastic cutting board.
Acrylic cutting boards can dull the blade of your knife over time. This will require it to be sharpened more frequently to perform at its best.
Polyethylene or polypropylene boards are common, but they’re easier for a knife to cut into. This can create small cuts in the surface, ultimately becoming a breeding ground for bacteria.
When your board is covered in cuts from the blade of your knife, it can be trickier to ensure it is sanitized and free from bacteria. Plus, mould can grow underneath the surface of the board. This can, unknowingly, make you and your family sick.
If you have any scarred cutting boards in your kitchen, it’s best to toss them in the bin. And let’s face it, that creates more waste that our planet doesn’t need.
Now, let’s talk about wood cutting boards. Many of the reasons people opt for plastic over wood simply aren’t true. Wood cutting boards provide plenty of benefits and are easy to care for.
Here are some great reasons to use a wood cutting board instead:
Whereas plastic can often dull the blades of your knives, a wood cutting board does the opposite. That’s going to help prolong the life of your knives.
Since wood is harder, it’s less likely to be severely dented or scratched from use, meaning it’ll last longer.
Even if you were to get cuts on your wood board, it is still easier to clean than plastic and you can feel confident knowing it’s sanitised.
A 1993 study from the University of Wisconsin found that bacteria multiples more readily on plastic, as opposed to a wood surface. When tested, their results revealed that bacteria didn’t survive on the wood board, but multiplied (and even thrived) on the plastic boards.
Wood is long-lasting and will be a staple in your kitchen for years to come. And did we mention that a wood cutting board just looks gorgeous?
The main reason people are hesitant to use a wood cutting board is that they wonder, “Are wood cutting boards sanitary?” They’re worried about germs and bacteria collecting, which leads them to choose plastic instead. However, plastic can be more hazardous! As long as you’re taking proper care of your wood cutting board, you won’t have to worry about if it is safe for food. To prolong the life of your wood cutting board and ensure it is sanitary, keep these tips in mind:
Don’t leave your cutting board sitting around with food particles (especially things like raw meat). Give it a thorough wash shortly after use. Use warm or hot soapy water and don’t forget to wipe down the edges and any crevices the board may have.
Take a clean, dry tea towel or a disposable paper towel and pat it dry. This minimizes the time in which bacteria have the opportunity to multiply. Another good rule of thumb is to never stack wet or damp boards together, as that can create a breeding ground for bacteria. Always give your boards proper space to finish drying.
Before you put your wood cutting board back into storage, ensure it’s completely dry. This is another essential step in preventing the growth of bacteria.
No more wood cutting board vs. plastic cutting board debates! With these simple steps, you can ensure a wooden board is perfectly safe to use when preparing meals for you and your family. While they do require a little extra care when compared to a plastic cutting board, it’s truly worth it in the long run.
Here at Wild Wood, all of our gorgeous cutting and chopping boards are made with Acacia wood. It’s a hardwood with rich hues that help to set it apart from other woods. Not only that, but it’s also resilient to water and has antibacterial properties. That’s a major plus!
Even better? We have a variety of wood cutting board styles to suit your needs. They look so stunning that you’ll want to keep them out on your kitchen counter for everyone to admire.
Check out our selection of Acacia wood cutting boards and order yours today!
We are doing Plastic Free July this year. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Plastic Free July is a global initiative whereby participants commit to going plastic-free for a month. But we think you can use some of these Plastic Free July activities all year round to better look after our planet.
As the name implies, Plastic Free July is all about reducing the use of plastics. You are encouraged to stop using single-use plastic items including water bottles, coffee cups, plastic cutlery, takeaway containers, plastic chopping boards and more. The challenge is not just about the reduction of plastic on a personal level, but also raising awareness for others, as well as encouraging companies to make sustainable changes.
We all use plastic, that’s just how it is today. However, how much you use and the way you use it is an individual thing and you have a responsibility to the environment to try and ‘do the right thing’. Your choice could be to switch to biodegradable, recyclable or reusable materials. If enough of us made these switches, we would eventually bring about real change.
The challenge is to be more conscious of your use of plastic and to try your best to use reusable or biodegradable alternatives as much as you can.
So here are some of our Plastic Free July top tips on how to minimise your use of plastic:
Use Wooden Chopping Boards – Many people believe plastic cutting boards are a healthy alternative, and this gives them an excuse to use a plastic board. However, this belief is false, in fact, wooden boards have been scientifically proven to be hygienically safer than plastic. Every time you use a plastic board you are cutting small pieces out of the board called micro-plastics, and these micro-plastics are polluting our waterways and oceans causing immeasurable damage to our sea life. Ditch your plastic cutting board and purchase a beautiful wooden board. They are attractive, environmentally friendly and easy to care for. Plus wooden chopping boards last a lot longer than plastic boards.
Wooden Kitchen Utensils – Get rid of those plastic kitchen utensils and make the switch to the long lasting wooden ones, not just for Plastic Free July but forever. Remember those wonderful wood spoons your Mum or Nan used when cooking up all those delicious meals in their kitchen back in the day? Well they used wooden spoons and other wooden utensils for a reason. They are the best tools to use as they are ideal for multiple tasks, last a long time, are warm and comfortable in your hand, and are an eco-friendly alternative to using plastic.
Avoid cling wrap – there are many fantastic alternatives to plastic cling wrap that you can use to help reduce plastic pollution. We use over 700 million metres of cling wrap in Australia every year! Enough to go around the Australian coastline more than 11 times. Now that is pretty frightening. How do you avoid using cling wrap?
The results of following our Plastic Free July activities, tips and ideas is super beneficial:
Plastic Free July is a global movement that empowers millions of people to choose a future with cleaner communities and oceans through refusing single-use plastics. It is a great opportunity to get thinking and talking about plastic pollution, as well as the alternatives and solutions you must seek and support in the future.
Tens of thousands of marine animals are killed every year from plastic bag litter when they mistake plastic bags for food such as jellyfish. Plastic is linked to cancers, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and many other ailments. So do your bit this July and make it a Plastic Free July by following some of our Plastic Free July activities!
Check out our selection of wooden spoons and gadgets and order yours today!
In this article, we look to answer the question “which cutting board is best for meat?” We’ll discuss the different sizes, materials, thicknesses and features that make for an outstanding wooden carving board when working with meat.
Few tools in the kitchen are as useful and versatile as the wooden cutting board. It is one of the things that you reach for every time you prepare a meal. Naturally, its durable surface allows you to prepare food without damaging or scratching your countertop. And wooden carving boards are more hygienic and easier to clean than other kitchen surfaces. But they also create a physical barrier between hot dishes and timber, protecting your table from heat. Plus, they look stylish when serving cheeses, tapas, platters, pizzas and cakes. You might even use your board as a plate when you’re feeling lazy!
But choosing the right board for needs can be tricky, so here is our guide on what kind of cutting boards are best for meat.
There are several reasons why using a wooden cutting board is best when carving meat – as opposed to plastic or glass boards.
Firstly, wood carving boards are renowned for their durability and long life expectancy. They are designed to be able to withstand heavy daily use. If you treat your wooden carving board with a little bit of attention, it can last you for years. This makes it a wise financial investment.
Maintaining and cleaning a wooden cutting board is easy. They can simply be scrubbed or brushed in warm soapy water after use and then left to dry. Because they’re so easy to clean, wooden carving boards are unlikely to easily contaminate or harbour harmful bacteria from meat. If homeowners want to ensure they get the most out of their board, they can season it occasionally with vegetable oil.
The sturdy and slightly gripped texture of a wood chopping board also makes it a safe tool to work with. Wooden boards are less likely to slip. They provide greater stability and decrease your chances of injury in the kitchen.
Many homeowners like to choose a board that aligns with the style of their home and design preferences. When a wooden cutting board is displayed in the kitchen, it can make for an eye-catching display. Quality hardwood boards have rich hues that add a touch of warmth and style.
At Wild Wood, we have carefully designed every aspect of our wooden cutting boards to ensure that they are of the highest quality. Our wooden carving boards are best for cutting meat as they are made of heavy-duty hardwood timber and can handle substantial chopping action. The acacia wood is stylish with its rich grain and vivid hues. But it is also naturally resistant to water and has antibacterial qualities.
Perhaps the best thing about timber is the wide range of options and features that you can choose from. At Wild Wood, we’ve designed our wood carving boards with your needs in mind. We added extra features that make them the best wood carving boards on the market for meat. These features include:
Some Wild Wood carving boards are designed to include channels that run the border of the board. This acts as a drip tray and catches any juices running from your meat. This helps to ensure that your table stays clean. And, it means that you can easily pour all the tasty meat juices once carving is done.
Another unique feature to Wild Wood is the field of mini pyramids that we carve into the centre of the cutting board. These act as wooden spikes and hold your roast in place so that it doesn’t move around while carving.
Our wood carving boards are designed and made to be extra-large. This makes them suitable for cooking meats of any size, including roast lamb, beef, pork, chicken and also slow-cooked dishes. No longer do you have to worry about the meat touching your bench or your knife damaging your countertop.
If you want a board that is going to take a beating and still last a lifetime, Wild Wood also designs some of our wood carving boards to be extra thick. This allows you to use full force cutting action, as you might with a meat cleaver, without worrying about damaging your board or benchtop. They are similar in style to the “butcher’s blocks” used by local butchers in the 1900s. And they look superb!
The best cutting board for meat is one that is:
All of our Wild Wood carving boards are designed with these features in mind. We have a great range that provides options for any homeowner. But two boards stand out in particular as being the best wood carving boards for meat:
If you are looking for a wood cutting board filled with features, you cannot look past the Mudgee Carving Board. This wood carving board has been purposely designed to be a meat lovers’ best friend. It includes the field of carving spikes to hold your roast in place while you carve. Plus, the wide channel around the board captures all the juices from your meat. If you want to carve and clean up with ease, the Mudgee Carving Board is an outstanding option that will last for many years.
All of our Wild Wood boards are designed for longevity. However if you also want a wood carving board that’s going to take a beating and last a lifetime, you can’t beat the Franklin butchers block style. It is designed to be extra thick and is a great option for people using heavy implements like cleavers. The Franklin was designed after the “butcher’s blocks” used by local butchers in the 1900s. It is a thing of beauty.
In direct regard to cutting and serving food on wooden boards, the following questions have been answered with facts that have been scientifically proven.
The Australia New Zealand Food Authority, the USDA and FDA all allow and recommend wooden boards made of hardwood, to be used in food preparation and serving. Therefore food can be prepared and presented safely on wood surfaces, whilst plastic cutting surfaces have been scientifically found to have disadvantages.
Cutting boards made of close grained hardwood (such as Acacia wood which is used to manufacture Wild Wood boards) and are the best boards to use. Bacteria found on these wooden boards do not multiply, and gradually die making it safe for kitchen use. Plastic & glass boards are inferior in this respect as they allow bacteria to remain and spread.
In the 1990’s research specifically relating to wooden boards and their health or otherwise was conducted by Professor Dean O. Cliver, a world-renowned expert in food virology. Cliver held a Master of Science and a PhD, was a professor at the University of Wisconsin for 28 years before joining the University of California (Davis) as professor emeritus of food safety for a further twelve years. He served on numerous US national and international committees, and was head of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Food Virology. Over his life he carried out ground breaking studies of pathogens and bacterial agents. Cliver was a respected and widely published member of the worldwide scientific community and had a unique gift to make science understandable to non-scientists. For this he was widely sought after by the media.
Cliver had broad interests and was involved in other areas of study during his career, one of which included a study of wood cutting boards and food safety, which led to surprising findings that garnered considerable attention. His findings can be found in a paper he wrote which ensured the USDA and FDA authorities permitted the use of wooden cutting boards for preparation and serving of food.
Broadly speaking, and in summary, Professor Clive’s scientific findings were as follows:
It is clear that wooden boards are quite safe to use in any environment, and are acceptable to the Australian Health Authorities.
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