A new discovery: we find out whether it is safe to defrost food and what is the best cutting board

Publication date: 22.03.2023.

Defrosting food is something we do regularly, but have you ever wondered how safe it is for your health? Do you know which bacteria can be found in food? Also, it does matter what material the cutting boards you have in your kitchen are made of. They can be very dangerous to health because they retain bacteria on their surface and in the scars from knives. Therefore, read below what is the best cutting board and why FROST AWAY 4 in 1 food cutting board is called a kitchen miracle.


What happens if you don't fully defrost food?

If you don't defrost the food completely and it remains partially frozen, it will take longer to cook. But the problem arises if the outside of the food is cooked and the centre is not, which means it can contain harmful bacteria.

Recommendation: never thaw food in hot water, on the kitchen counter or outdoors (terrace, balcony). These defrosting methods can leave your foods unsafe to eat.

Is it safe to defrost food in the microwave?

Defrosting food takes time, and defrosting in a microwave accelerates this process in an unnatural way, which can cause your food to have an unpleasant rubbery taste, and due to the excessive temperature difference and excessive temperature fluctuation, it easily leads to food tissue damages during the defrosting process, worsens the taste and causes a great loss of natural juices and nutrients in food.

How does a defrosting plate work?

Boards or plates for defrosting food are made of metals that conduct heat well (most often aluminum or copper), which means that they can heat up and cool down much faster. The natural thermal conductivity of the defrosting plate quickly draws out the cold from your food, defrosting food up to three times faster. When you place a frozen slab of meat on it, the plate immediately conducts warmer room temperature air into the frozen meat, so the meat will thaw faster. In addition to the fact that they defrost food faster, we point out that these plates are listed by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) as a safe method for thawing food.


In restaurants, chefs most often use rubber cutting boards because they are softer than wooden cutting boards. They consider them the top pick because they are durable and sturdy, but at the same time easy on the professional knives they use. An excellent substitute for rubber boards, which you will hardly find in regular household stores, are plastic cutting boards (not all types of plastic) because they are safe for the blades, they make a stable cutting surface and they are easy to clean after use, so they will not retain bacteria.

Although wood is not the best option because it is more difficult to disinfect and therefore can retain more bacteria, the best choice among wooden boards are boards made of bamboo. Bamboo cutting boards are harder and less porous than hardwoods, which means bamboo absorbs very little moisture and resists scarring from knives, so they are more resistant to bacteria than other woods.

The worst cutting boards are made of glass, stone and steel. These are extremely hard surfaces that have been proven to dull a knife blade in as few as 10 strokes. Cutting with a dull knife requires more pressure, which can easily cause knife slips or other sudden movements that put you at risk of severe injury.


Why is it called 4 in 1? Because Frost Away is a defrosting board on one side and a cutting board on the other, it has a built-in knife sharpener so you can sharpen your knives while chopping and a practical grater which is perfect for quickly grating fresh herbs. Of course, it is made of the best materials; aluminum for defrosting and ABS for cutting, and it is affordable, which makes it the best choice for every household.

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