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    High/Low density chopping boards

    This is a really boring question I am afraid.

    I need to get a chopping board to replace my bamboo one, and I am planning on getting an 18"x12" white plastic one to use until I find an end grain that I like/can afford.

    I have been confronted with two choices:

    1. 0.5" or 1" thick
    2. High or Low density

    Can anyone advise what I need to choose?

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    Plastic? I'd go with whichever is cheapest.

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    1/2 inch Sanituff. You can find them at rest. Supply stores.
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    Never seen a Sani Tuff in the UK. Cheapo hygiplas thing the way forward when 25 quid will get you a servicable endgrain board.

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    Hygiplas is what I am looking at (from Nisbets) - they run at £5 or £10.

    I guess question really is do I need to worry about high or low density?

    Quote Originally Posted by Timthebeaver View Post
    Never seen a Sani Tuff in the UK. Cheapo hygiplas thing the way forward when 25 quid will get you a servicable endgrain board.

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    I guess these things are polythene. High density is likely to be harder on your edges but more durable.

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    Not sure about the quality of the plastic, but from their website, the density is related to the temperature range...plastic does funny things outside it's intended use range.

    http://www.hygiplas.co.uk/docs/materials.htm

    Why not just save some cash and get an endgrain when you are ready?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    Not sure about the quality of the plastic, but from their website, the density is related to the temperature range...plastic does funny things outside it's intended use range.

    http://www.hygiplas.co.uk/docs/materials.htm

    Why not just save some cash and get an endgrain when you are ready?
    From the specs.. you shldnt be pouring boiling hot water on it as the max tem is either 70 or 80 degrees.

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    I've had end grain plus Rimu, Kauri and other woods including bamboo.
    What I use now is mainly white transluscent plastic boards. These are very cheap (and thus not a status item) But they are quite soft, and cause minimal damage to my 1-2 micron (I guess) knife edge.
    I just scrub these after use, hot water, lots of detergent, hard nylon brush, and then drain dry.
    If I want to sanitise then, I spray with 2% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2% cetrimide solution, let stand 5 minutes, then drain dry.
    Last edited by Doug8066; 03-23-2013 at 10:48 PM. Reason: adding text

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug8066 View Post
    I've had end grain plus Rimu, Kauri and other woods including bamboo.
    What I use now is mainly white transluscent plastic boards. These are very cheap (and thus not a status item) But they are quite soft, and cause minimal damage to my 1-2 micron (I guess) knife edge.
    I just scrub these after use, hot water, lots of detergent, hard nylon brush, and then drain dry.
    If I want to sanitise then, I spray with 2% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2% cetrimide solution, let stand 5 minutes, then drain dry.
    That's exactly what I am planning on getting, Doug. Main thing I really wanted to find from this thread was if anyone could advise me on high or low density. I imagine it makes little difference.

    How thick are the ones you use?

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