sâmbătă, 19 ianuarie 2019

About Cutting Boards

Just about everyone uses a wood cutting board. They are easily available, affordable and a great help in the kitchen. But to be honest, we don’t think much about how they are made. On the surface, they look like a basic piece of wood. Truth is, it’s not that simple.

Choosing the Right Type of Wood

Before we get into the details of how wood is prepared to make cutting boards, we need to decide which species to use.

The wood that works best for a cutting board is dense, hardwood with fine grains. Commonly used hardwoods include cherry, maple, oak, walnut and birch. But each has its pros and cons. While all these types are high-quality wood, it’s up to you to decide what suits your requirements best.

Whatever type of wood is chosen, it must go through the same procedure before it becomes a cutting board.

It is, however, important to understand the nature of wood. This is because environmental conditions, such as humidity, can affect it. It can expand or contract at any point in the process.

For a long time, most (if not all) cutting boards were made of wood. But at some point people began using plastic cutting boards. The idea was that they were easier to clean (and sanitize), and therefore were safer.

But in the late 1980s, a UC Davis researcher named Dean Cliver – the de facto godfather of cutting board food safety – decided to investigate whether plastic cutting boards really were safer.

Answer: not really.

Plastic cutting boards, Cliver found, are easier to sanitize. But cutting on them also leaves lots of grooves where bacteria can hide. Wood is tougher to sanitize, but it’s also (often) tougher in general – you won’t find as many deep scratches in the surface.

In addition, researchers have discovered that the type of wood your cutting board is made from also makes a difference.

“Hardwoods, are fine-grained, and the capillary action of those grains pulls down fluid, trapping the bacteria – which are killed off as the board dries after cleaning,” says Ben Chapman, a food safety researcher at NC State. “Soft woods, like cypress, are less likely to dull the edge of your knife, but also pose a greater food safety risk,” Chapman explains. “That’s because they have larger grains, which allows the wood to split apart more easily, forming grooves where bacteria can thrive.”

Which type of cutting board should you use? Chapman recommends using plastic cutting boards for meat and wood cutting boards for fruit, vegetables, or any ready-to-eat foods (like bread or cheese).

miercuri, 16 ianuarie 2019

What kind of cutting board do you use at home?


A cutting board is a necessary tool in the kitchen -- without it (and a knife) almost no prep can be done. But not all cutting boards are created equal. Some look great and are stylish to boot, but wreak havoc on your knives. Others may appear to be hygienic but actually harbor bacteria as dangerous as salmonella and E. coli. So what cutting board is the best, you ask?
Not every cutting board is good for every task -- some are too porous to use for cutting raw meat, poultry and fish, because they absorb bacteria. Other boards are so hard that they dull the blades of your knives. (But whatever you do, please don't cut on your marble, granite or solid surface countertops!) We'll show you which cutting boards you should steer clear of and which are the right ones to use.

Wood Cutting Boards – Great

Wood cutting boards are some of the most popular and offer a great look and feel, but there are many things to take into consideration with wood. Even though wood cutting boards are very hard, they're also porous so they absorb everything and anything you put on them, including bacteria. They require oiling to keep the wood in good condition -- the oil helps somewhat by creating a barrier against moisture. And of course, after using them, wood cutting boards require thorough cleaning, drying, and re-oiling. Even with all the care and upkeep wood cutting boards require, they are the best for your knives, because the wood does not dull the blade. If you prefer wood cutting boards, consider using them for cutting only vegetables, herbs and breads.

Bamboo Cutting Boards – Great

Bamboo, considered a grass and not a wood, makes a terrific cutting board. The fact that it's so fast-growing makes it a renewable resource and a great choice for the eco-conscious. Bamboo acts similar to wood -- it's still somewhat porous but is considered harder than wood. It also requires oiling, because the bamboo can splinter when not cared for properly. Long-time use also makes the bamboo boards a bit furry and more receptive to bacteria -- if that happens it's time to buy a new board.

Plastic Cutting Boards – OK

Plastic cutting boards are the most often recommended by profesional chefs. Typically made from polyethylene, plastic boards are durable and last long. They can be washed easily by hand or in a dishwasher. They're relatively okay on knives but not as good as wood or bamboo. However plastic cutting boards can harbor bacteria as much as and even than wood, especially when they get furry from long-time use. But for certain duties plastic boards are recommended, such as keeping a separate color-coded one for each type of protein -- fish, poultry and meat.

Glass Cutting Boards – Avoid

Glass cutting boards are nonporous and easy to clean -- you can wash them in the sink or the dishwasher. There's also no need to oil them obviously, so there's no upkeep. However, glass cutting boards are the worst for your knives. For this reason we don't recommend glass cutting boards.

What kind of cutting board do you use at home? 

luni, 31 decembrie 2018

Să fiţi blagosloviţi!


Fie ca toate visele pe care le făuriţi în aceste zile de sărbătoare să se împlinescă şi drumul străbătut pentru realizarea lor să vă aducă multă bucurie în inimi, iar în case fericire şi belşug.

Un an mai bogat în împliniri, mai înalt în aspiraţii şi plin de veselie. La mulţi ani 2019!

Să fiţi blagosloviţi!

miercuri, 19 decembrie 2018

Se cuvine să rămânem Strașnici

Este perioada sărbătorilorprin urmare perioada cadourilor de tot felul. Fie  le căutăm pentru a le oferi celor dragi, fie  le primim din partea celor dragi.
Pentru a adăuga mai multă magie acestui peisaj, Strașnic îți vine în ajutor cu idei de cadouri originale, ce vor încânta privirile tale și pe ale invitaților tăi.
Fie  este vorba de decorarea mesei festivesau împachetarea cadourilor pentru cei dragi, Strașnic te inspiră  realizezi singură atmosfera de basm visată.
Cadourile sunt o mare provocare, mai ales acum, când mirosul bradului ne inundă casele și transformă tot ce e în jur într-o povesteemoții și bucurii.
Desigur, piață românească este invadată în ultima vreme de produse străine, ce par  fie potrivite pentru a fi dăruiteimportant este ca ceea ce dăruim  se ridice la standardul de utilitate, frumusețe, unicitate.
Oferirea unui cadou este o comunicare non-verbală, o exprimare mai mult sau mai puțin simbolică a sentimentelor pe care le avem față de persoana respectivă. Desigur, este vorba de gânduri și sentimente pozitive, de aceea se cuvine  rămânem Strașnici.

sâmbătă, 15 decembrie 2018

Make it a Magical Christmas with Straşnic!

The Holidays are for gathering with your favorite people and we've got just the thing for your most special events. From dinner parties and birthday to your Christmas feast, this cutting boards will add a special touch to help celebrate those special moments! 
Add style to your kitchen and entertainment areas with a custom design wooden cutting board. Makes a great holiday hostess gift.

The holidays are right around the corner! With your weekends filling up with holiday parties and the daunting task of gift shopping looming ahead of you, now is the perfect time to stock up on Strasnic gifts. 
A must have holiday gift for the season!

luni, 3 decembrie 2018

Why is a wooden cutting board that important?

Every kitchen needs a  Strasnic cutting board! Our chic and practical designs come in a large variety, including wooden cutting boards, serving platter .


1.Are all natural and made from renewable resources - normally hardwoods;
2.The very best for keeping a keen edge on your kitchen knives;
3.Usually heavy and will not slide around on your counters;
4.Can be easily resurfaced - either with a sander or if no feet are attached they can be quickly ran through a wood planer with very sharp blades;
5.Most wooden examples are very attractive and lend an organic look to any décor;
6.Have been shown by multiple university studies to have a lower bacteria load than that of plastic - particularly as the plastic ages and receives more cut marks;
7.Although very subjective - wooden version have by far the best "feel" when sliced into;


1.Strong solutions of bleach cannot be used (although lighter dilutions are generally ok);
2.Must be keep hydrated with oil and (optionally) bees wax or food grade carnauba. wax;
3.Cannot remain soaked in water for long periods(although running under a faucet for cleaning is ok);

vineri, 30 noiembrie 2018

Get fancy with Strasnic

Try Strasnic cutting boards for a rustic look.

Not only can the table runner display all the delicious food you and your loved ones have made for Christmas, but it can also add to the beauty and atmosphere of the dinner table.
For something that will look great anywhere, our collection features boards with handles that look beautiful in any kitchen. Great for outdoor parties, cutting, and serving, these boards make wonderful personalized gifts.
We take great pride in the production of our boards and it shows. Our personalized cutting boards are  made in Romania, from select oak and ash, just for you and your loved ones.Both woods are excellent for kitchen use and will last for many years. 
The pieces of wood of oak and ash are carefully machined and hand sanded providing a very smooth finished product.  Each board is truly unique with slightly different wood grains so no two cutting boards are exactly the same.
 Our boards provide an ideal serving platter, cutting surface, and accent piece to complete any kitchen.

Make Santa jealous with a beautifully oak cutting board.
Get some for the reindeer  too!!!

About Cutting Boards

www.strasnichandcrafted.ro Just about everyone uses a wood cutting board. They are easily available, affordable and a great help in th...