What Is A Green Chopping Board Used For?

 I have been asked this question a few times, what is a green chopping board used for? To follow are
some answers to this question. I have given a answer to this and also some other tips about the green chopping board. What the board is used for, how to use safely and the sizes of boards available.

 A green chopping board is a part of the chopping board system in the UK.

Typically, this is the system used by the majority of places and that is also taught at catering colleges. It is also very important for the safety of allergies.

This Is A Green Chopping Board Chef slicing asparagus on a green chopping board

They can be used on both sides. Typically one side will be used and once dirtied can be turned over and the other side used.

 What Is A Standard Green Chopping Board Made Of?

In professional kitchens we mostly use the high density, hygiplas, non absorbent Style. They are made of the material polyethelene. The boards come in 3 main sizes these are:

Small: 12(H) x 305(W) x 229(L)mm

Standard: 12(H) x 450(W) x 300(L)mm

Large:  12(H) x 600(W) x 450(L)mm

How To Safely Use A Chopping Board When Cutting Ingredients

And also safety in mind when using. The boards will naturally slide around on the work surface. This can be very dangerous when cutting through ingredients.

There are a few ways to stop this:

  1. A non slip matt can be placed under the board,
  2. A clean damp clothe can be placed under,
  3. Four pieces of damp paper towel can be placed under each corner to hold the board in place,
  4. A damp jay clothe can also be used.

What Types Of Food Are Prepared On This Board?

The green chopping board is used for fruits and vegetables.

  • Asparagus,
  • Aubergienes
  • Artichokes
  • Bananas
  • Beetroot
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatos
  • Cucumber
  • Butternut Squash
  • Leeks
  • Courgettes
  • Peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Fruit And Vegetables

What Else Do I Need To Be Aware Off?

When cutting a vegetable such as a beetroot the board will be heavily coloured in the vegetables colour. Make sure the board is turned over or a clean one is used for the next job. And also, when cutting onions make sure the same is done. The onion will leave an onion flavour on the board. Therefore the next ingredient will have an oniony taste if used straight afterwards. 

Where Can I Buy A Green Chopping Board?

Green chopping boards can be brought from a catering equipment supplier. One of the most popular in the UK for chefs being Nisbets. Other places include: Amazon and Argos.

Why Is My Green Chopping Board Loosing Its Colour?

Once the chopping board has been used many times the board will start to loose its colour. And this is due to the chef working on the board and being cleaned. And also, they will pick up some scrapes and scratches. Possibly burn marks too, occasionally a very hot tool can be left on the surface. This can cause the surface to melt slightly.

How Do I Give The Board A Deep Clean?

Over time the boards will need to be deep cleaned, in many kitchens this is done once a week. The boards can be soaked over night in water and a suitable cleaning product. And in the morning the boards will need to be cleaned and rinsed thoroughly so they can be safely used.

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