What is a Polyethylene Cutting Board?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

A polyethyelene cutting board is a handy kitchen tool that is made with the use of polymerized ethylene. This sturdy plastic is used to produce a wide range of products, from thin bags to outdoor furniture. Made from petroleum waste in a manner that is similar to olefin fiber used in the creation of upholstery products, polyethylene provides a durable and non-porous cutting surface that is capable of lasting for many years.

Woman baking cookies
Woman baking cookies

While there are other types of plastic cutting boards on the market today, the polyethylene cutting board offers several advantages that are not found with similar products. One common feature of this type of cutting board is that the high-density construction is capable of sustaining extreme temperatures. Unlike other plastics, polyethylene will withstand a quick shift from hot to cold substances with relative ease. As a result, a polyethylene cutting board is less likely to warp or crack as a result of being used as a cutting surface for frozen foods or dishes just emerging from the oven.

A polyethylene cutting board also has a decided advantage over other types of cutting boards, especially wood models. Because the material is non-porous, it is difficult to cut into the board itself. This is not the case with wood cutting boards. Because of the ability of the polyethylene cutting board to withstand damage from sharp knives, there is less chance for small food particles to collect in the tiny niches of the board and breed bacteria.

The care and maintenance of a polyethylene cutting board is very simple. By applying nothing more than hot soapy water to the surface, the board will be clean and germ-free in no time. This makes it easy to clean the board immediately after cutting chicken or other meats, cutting down on the potential for germs to linger and possibly lead to a health issue for others in the home.

While a polyethylene cutting board may cost a little more than other types of boards, the additional cost is often considered to be worth the difference. The cutting board is capable out outlasting many other types of cutting boards, as well as remaining relatively scar-free even after repeated use. Available in sizes to fit just about any size home or commercial kitchen, the polyethylene cutting board is a great kitchen tool that is certain to be welcome by anyone who enjoys cooking.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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