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Photo by Cathy Myers

Cooking Level: Intermediate

Living In: Crestline, California, USA
Cathy Myers is looking for: (3 recommendations)
Hi everyone! The Prepared Pantry has cutting mats on sale, four @ $9.98. They're colored coded by food groups to avoid cross-contamination. I have acrylic cutting boards that I love but I need to get a larger counter-sized one. Your input is appreciated regarding the use of acrylic boards versas plastic mats. Thanks all!

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Last updated: Jan. 7, 2013 12:55 am
Posted: Jan. 6, 2013 11:33 am
Commented by: manella
Jan. 6, 2013 11:40 am
Hi Cathy,my daughter uses plastic,and loves them,sent her a bunch at Christmas.I, on the other hand have wooden which i really like,but i only use it to chop veggies not meat,For meat i have acrylic ones.
Jan. 6, 2013 11:44 am
I bought color coded ones that come in a little plastic holder at Targe' for $10 a few years ago. They do tend to get gouges or slices in them from the knives. But at that price you can afford to replace them.
Patty Cakes
Jan. 6, 2013 11:49 am
That is a great price Cathy! I wonder if they are slip resistant. I have one at Albertsons that I use for demos and it is just terrific! Very nice to have handy. For the price, Go for It!
Cathy Myers
Jan. 6, 2013 11:52 am
Thanks much, Ladies! Great input! I only use my wooden board for breads, rolls and pastries, manella. And Sassy, that's exactly what I thought when I saw the price - when they get too beaten up, they're cheap enough to replace. Oh, spelling check - "versus"! Thanks again, Gals!
Jan. 6, 2013 11:52 am
I think they are not slip resistant. Just flexible hard plastic. I put a wet dishrag/towel or wet the counter down for these kinds of boards.
Patty Cakes
Jan. 6, 2013 11:54 am
Just looked them, they seem very nice and it Does say Gripping, so non slip? They should be perfect for you!
Jan. 6, 2013 11:59 am
Those do say gripping! I was looking at the other and didn't see those.
Cathy Myers
Jan. 6, 2013 12:04 pm
Hi my Patty Cakes! With everyone's input, I'm definitely ordering them. This is the company that sells the raspberry chips for Mis7up's cookies. I also ordered the strawberry and blueberry chips. Should be arriving soon!
Mother Ann
Jan. 6, 2013 12:36 pm
I have a set of the Pampered Chef plastic mats. They are non-slip and great for small cutting jobs and also for in the camper as they don't take up much room. I noticed they do have gouges in them, but I got mine for free so don't really care. I have acrylic and wooden cutting boards also - I don't use the wooden for meats.
Commented by: Don
Jan. 6, 2013 12:00 pm
HJi, I use specialised glass cutting boards ---- no scores --pwash off magic. No problems cheersw.
Cathy Myers
Jan. 6, 2013 12:05 pm
Thanks Don. Wow! I've never seen glass cutting boards. Very interesting!
Jan. 7, 2013 12:22 am
Examples of glass cutting boards . . . . . . glass w/ custom artwork . . . We have several and wouldn’t have any thing else as they’re extremely sanitary since the material is non-porous, easy to clean, and importantly, protect countertops from burns caused by hot pots or dishes. BUT a major drawback is glass will dull knives quicker than just about any other material, and therefore the cutting mats will protect knives from coming into direct contact w/ the glass.
Commented by: Thisni Caza
Jan. 6, 2013 8:33 pm
I have two small and one counter-sized wooden cutting boards. But, when I saw my daughter put her cutting boards in the dishwasher, made me think that I need to convert. I don't know what material; I thought fiberglass but they may be acrylic.
Jan. 7, 2013 12:22 am
They make acrylic cutting boards but not as popular as those made from a thermoplastic polymer (e.g., polypropylene or polyethylene). Example of acrylic . . . . . . thermoplastic . . . I’ve not seen fiberglass cutting boards for kitchen use as it would be cost prohibitive for mass consumer market, quickly dulls knives like glass does, and has some other disadvantages (e.g., more easily chips, finish will dull or may delaminate over time, etc.) . . . these were once popular in the marine trade decades ago but they too have increasingly switched over to thermoplastic or other newer composite plastics now on the market.
Thisni Caza
Jan. 7, 2013 12:39 am
Thanks, ConkyJoe; good to know. I really have no idea what the material is, just that it's not glass or wood, but some kind of very hard man-made substance.
Jan. 7, 2013 12:55 am
Hi Thisni Caza . . .my bet is your daughter had the thermoplastic . . . They are the most popular by a long shot.
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