If that plastic chopping board has been your kitchen companion for more than three years, it’s time to look for a new one.
As for wooden chopping boards, they can last a lifetime, provided you maintain and care for them properly. Otherwise, if yours is cracked or distorted in shape, you should have it replaced. This is to prevent the growth of bacteria at the crevices, and to prevent accidents as a warped surface may make it unsafe for cutting.
These are the suggestions by lifestyle sites PopSugar and PureWow as they list the “expiration dates” of common kitchen tools.
It might seem alright to continue using these tools forever as they hardly really break apart. But sometimes, there are telltale signs that indicate it’s time to go kitchenware shopping. For other time’s when it’s not so obvious, PopSugar and PureWow have a rough gauge of how often you should be replacing certain utensils.
Click on the gallery to find out when to toss out your kitchen tools.
This story was first published on Soshiok.com