HDPE, also known as high-density polyethylene, is a popular plastic for cutting boards and food containers. For restaurants, chefs, and anyone who often cooks, there are many reasons HDPE is a superior material for cutting boards.
The benefits of HDPE cutting boards include:
- Easier to Clean
- Doesn’t Dull Knives
- FDA Approved for Kitchen Applications
- Excellent Durability
- Resistance to Acids, Alcohols, and Bases
- Custom Sizes Available
Below, we explore the above benefits for choosing HDPE cutting boards to prepare a delicious meal.
Easier to Clean
Plastic cutting boards, made from HDPE, are easier to sanitize than their wooden alternatives. Dishwasher friendly, lightweight, and easy to rinse, HDPE cutting boards are simple to maintain. They can be cleaned by creating an easy sanitizing solution comprised of bleach and water or directly placing them in the dishwasher for a quick rinse. Wood cutting boards, however, would be quickly ruined by a dishwasher cycle and require extensive scrubbing.
Doesn’t Dull Knives
Professional chefs most often recommend HDPE cutting boards because of their durability and resilient qualities. They also fare relatively well on your knives’ edges. If you have a board made from a hard material like glass or stone, it will resist scoring and cause your knife to roll and its edges to round. Plastic HDPE cutting boards, much like softwood cutting boards, are given good scores on maintenance and chip risk, which are great for your knives’ lifelines.
FDA Approved for Kitchen Applications
HDPE plastic is a common and inexpensive material that is widely used in food processing and a variety of food-related applications including cutting boards, kitchen counters, shelves, and protective surfaces. HDPE plastic, unlike many other plastics, is FDA approved. It has been said that the molecules of HDPE are more tightly packed and stable than other food grade plastic, meaning significantly less plastic can leach into your food.
Excellent Durability and Resistance to Acids, Alcohols, and Bases
High-density polyethylene boards provide excellent compatibility with a wide variety of lab reagents including acids, bases, alcohols, aldehydes, esters, and aliphatic hydrocarbons. It also has a greater stiffness, rigidity, and heat resistance; making it an excellent choice for structural applications, cutting boards, protective covers, containers, and jugs.
Custom and Large Sizes for Restaurants
At Acme Plastics, we make large and custom size HDPE cutting boards for commercial and restaurant space. Our HDPE cutting boards can be made to fit over countertops, long tables, and nearly any area, thus accommodating all your culinary prepping and cutting needs.