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Hi - A most important item when eating a high raw, plant based diet is a cutting board.
Do I choose a lightweight plastic board or go with wood in my van?
Many think that plastic is the hygienic option. It is also the lighter weight I need for van-life. . .
Yet, I chose to go with wood for these reasons:
I want to be plastic free
wood is kind on knives and doesn’t dull them as much
wood has antibacterial properties, and if bacteria becomes trapped in the grains, it cannot survive and replicate - how awesome is that?!
I’m sentimental and I have inherited a small solid wooden board that belonged to my Aunt Iris.
After she had lost the use of one arm due to a stroke, Uncle Larry found a square of wood and hammered three long nails up through it close to one corner. Aunt Iris was then able to chop items one-handed by impaling them on the nails. Not only that, but, she was able to peel potatoes by impaling them on the nails of that board.
Her independence and determination was an inspiration to me for the two decades that she survived until her fatal second stroke.
There are a few considerations when purchasing a new wooden board:
Choose a solid board, not strips glued together
Be sure it has been treated with a food grade mineral oil and continue to keep it maintained with any edible oil you have on hand e.g. coconut
Woods to consider Acacia, Teak, Maple, Walnut - sustainably sourced
End grain is harder wearing and softer on the knife blade
A quality board will have beveled edges or a juice groove on one side.
Never wash your board in a dishwasher
Dry standing upright
A sharp knife and an inspiring board make salad preparations a delight.
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
P.S. This would be my choice when purchasing a new board
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