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Know when to throw out your kitchen tools!

Have you been using the same plastic chopping board for more than three years? It's time to look for a new one, or perhaps a wooden chopping board as those can last a lifetime.

However, if your wooden board is cracked or distorted in shape, it has to be replaced to preven the growth of bacteria in the crevices as well as prevent accidents caused by a warped or splintered surface.

Your tools may look in shape, but there are telltale signs that indicate it's time to go kitchenware shopping. These are the suggestions by lifestyle sites PopSugar and PureWow as they list the "expiration dates" of common kitchen tools.

WOODEN SPOONS

Wood absorbs moisture easily and this could foster bacteria. To be on the safe side, replace your wooden spoons every five years or when they start having cracks, discolouration or soft spots.

RUBBER SPATULAS

PureWow suggests replacing them every two years or when they're deeply scratched, chipped, melted or heavily stained. 

PARING KNIVES

Replace them every two years or when they rust, break or no longer responds to sharpening. Sharpen them once a week to extend their lifespan.

NON-STICK COOKWARE

Both PureWow and PopSugar recommend replacing them every two to three years. Or when the surface chips or scratches. Or when it's no longer that easy to scrub foods off them.

PLASTIC CHOPPING BOARDS

Replace them every three years or when they have deep knifing marks. PureWow advises having separate boards for meat/poultry and fruits/vegetables to prevent Salmonella contamination. 

COUNTERTOP BLENDERS

Replace the blades when they become dull, or, as what manufacturers say, when you drop the whole thing or accidentally submerge the base in water. 

This story was first published on Soshiok.com

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