Have you ever considered the material of your cutting boards for raw dog food?
As in, what is the best cutting board for raw food – plastic or wood cutting boards?
I remember asking myself that question when I started making homemade raw dog food for Missy & Buzz back in 2016.
It’s not really something I was contemplating before when I fed the pups premade raw dog food.
For obvious reasons.
After all, I didn’t have to prepare it other than peel it out of its wrapper, and serve it to the pups.
But once I decided to make their own meals to save money, I stopped and pondered.
So, what chopping board should you use for raw meat? And which one for vegetables, fruits and herbs? Or can I use the same for both?
And is there a point at which I need to toss and replace my cutting boards for raw dog food?
Today, we’ll take a closer look at all of those questions and more!
Let’s jump right in!
Most Practical Cutting Boards For Raw Dog Food
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What Type Of Cutting Board Is Best For Raw Meat?
For raw dog food meal prep, the best type of cutting board is a plastic cutting board.
At least in my humble opinion!
Plastic Cutting Boards for Raw Dog Food
- Hygiene and Safety: Plastic cutting boards are non-porous, which means they’re less likely to absorb juices and bacteria from raw meat. This makes it easier to clean and sanitize them effectively, which reduces the risk of cross-contamination.
- Easy to Clean: It’s super easy to clean plastic cutting boards – just toss them into the dishwasher! And for folks who don’t have a dishwasher – it’s a lot easier to properly hand wash plastic cutting boards with a sponge and hot soapy water than it is wood cutting boards!
- Durability: Plastic boards are generally more durable and less prone to cracking or warping when they’re exposed to moisture. Which that’s something you just can’t avoid when you’re handling raw meat!
- Knife-Friendly: Plastic cutting boards are gentler on knife edges compared to some other materials like wood or glass. This can help prolong the sharpness of your knives when you’re cutting up raw meat.
Tip: Use a dedicated plastic cutting board exclusively for raw meat to minimize the risk of cross-contamination with other food items in your kitchen.
Also, remember to replace plastic cutting boards when they become excessively scratched or worn. That’s because deep cuts can harbor bacteria.
Bacteria is not so much of a problem for healthy dogs because of their highly acid stomach environment.
But it is for us humans!
I noticed that for some odd reason, I kept using just one side of my plastic cutting boards. Maybe it’s because I was visually drawn to the more used side, I don’t know.
But either way, I made an effort to start using the “good”, non-scratched up side as well.
That way, I got a lot more time out of one particular plastic cutting board.
Can I Also Use Wooden Cutting Boards For Raw Meat?
I personally hate using wood cutting boards to cut up raw meat. Any raw meat, not just for the pup, but also for us humans.
OK, to be fair, I have to admit that the bf does most of the meat cutting and handling for human consumption here in our home…but I’m the one who does the dishes. And I don’t care for hand washing wood cutting boards.
I just don’t feel like I can do as good of a job at getting rid of meat juices from a wood cutting board when I hand wash it.
BUT if you want to, you can use a wood cutting board for raw meat preparation, yes.
You’ll just have to make sure to properly care for and maintain it!
The best wood cutting boards for handling raw meat seem to be those made from high-quality hardwoods like:
Side note: Those types of wood cutting boards are not exactly inexpensive!
But either way, here are some key considerations regarding wood cutting boards for raw dog food.
To ensure safety, it’s crucial to properly maintain your wood cutting board.
This includes regular cleaning and oiling.
That said, don’t soak the board in water and definitely don’t run it through the dishwasher.
That’s because excessive moisture can lead to warping and cracking.
Consider using a dedicated wood cutting board and cleaning sponge exclusively for raw meat.
That way, you minimize the risk of cross-contamination with other food items.
Regular Oil Application
Apply food-grade mineral oil or a specially formulated cutting board oil to the wood surface regularly.
This helps prevent moisture absorption and keeps the board in good condition.
To learn more about how to oil and maintain a wood cutting board, click here.
After each use, wash the wood cutting board with hot, soapy water and scrub it thoroughly.
Rinse well and allow the board to air dry.
Wood cutting boards don’t dull knife edges as quickly as harder surfaces like glass or stone.
However, be prepared to sharpen your knives more often compared to using a plastic cutting board.
Regularly inspect your wood cutting board for deep cuts or excessive wear.
If you notice deep grooves or cracks that can’t be sanded out, it’s time to replace the board.
How I Use Wood Cutting Boards For Raw Dog Food
I personally use wood cutting boards for chopping, slicing, and dicing vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
So yes, I do include about 10% of plant matter in my pup’s raw meals.
To learn more about vegetables and plant matter in general in raw dog food, click here.
Plastic Cutting Boards vs. Wood Cutting Boards for DIY Raw Dog Food
Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons of each type of cutting board.
|Plastic Cutting Boards
|Wood Cutting Boards
|Hygiene and Safety
|Non-porous, easy to clean
|Potential for grooves, trickier to clean
|Generally more durable
|Can be durable with proper maintenance
|Gentle on knife edges
|May require more frequent sharpening
|Natural beauty, enhances kitchen aesthetics
|Less eco-friendly (non-biodegradable)
|More eco-friendly if sustainably sourced
|Dishwasher-safe, low maintenance
|Requires regular oiling, no soaking or dishwasher use
Most Practical Cutting Boards For Raw Dog Food: Bottom Line
In summary, both plastic and wood cutting boards have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to preparing raw dog food.
Plastic boards are generally more convenient in terms of hygiene and maintenance, while wood boards offer aesthetic appeal but are a bit more tricky to wash.
I personally prefer using wood cutting boards for my plant matter, and plastic cutting boards for raw meat.
But ultimately, the choice depends on personal preference, maintenance commitment, and your specific needs for preparing raw ingredients.
Now I’m curious, what cutting boards for raw dog food do you use? Let me know in the comment section below this blog post!
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