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Mothers' Hideaway: Kitchen Tips Tuesday- Safe cutting board disinfectant

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kitchen Tips Tuesday- Safe cutting board disinfectant

Thanks Jo for today's blog!

How often are you in the middle of cooking when you realize all of your other cutting boards are dirty or you simply don't feel like making room and getting out another one? They say to use one for poultry/meat and one for fruits/veggies/etc. but who remembers? I clearly don't!

I try to use my glass one for meats since the knife can't cut into it like it does for the plastic or wood but sometimes I am just too plain lazy to take out the giant glass one so this is what I've come up with.

Keep in mind I don't have a dishwasher so I have to make sure to get all the germs off of everything by using really hot water and loads of soap so to make sure I really clean them well I started making my own disinfecting spray.

I could easily just use some fantastik but that can not be safe to use on food utenstils. So I use Lemon to disinfect it. Lemon is a natural disinfectant and I don't have to worry about contaminating my food. You can also scrub it with baking soda in between the disinfecting it to ensure that you get rid of any odors that food can leave behind. Obviously if you are using a glass cutting board the baking soda isn't important but for wood or plastic (which I would stay clear of wood cutting boards for meats!) it would be a good idea to give it a good scrub with the baking soda.

Here is the recipe to use for the disinfectant: 1 quart of water and 3 tbsp. of lemon juice. (I'd use a fresh one and not the bottle kind though I'm a big fan of that one for cooking!)

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Thank you to Tammy's Recipes for hosting Kitchen Tips Tuesday!


At December 1, 2009 at 6:46 PM , Anonymous Kolfinna said...

I've never thought to use lemon as a disinfectant on a cutting board.


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