I bought some plastic cutting sheets in a pack of two. One side is smooth, the other side has a rough texture. Which side of the sheet should I cut on?

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    Can you explain your question a bit more? Show an example of what you're calling a cutting sheet, and what the 'rough' versus 'smooth' side is? Depending on exactly what you mean, I could see the answer being either way. – Joe M Jul 6 '18 at 20:59
  • ... and how does this relate to cooking? – FuzzyChef Jul 7 '18 at 0:55
  • @FuzzyChef : because it's an alternative to a wooden cutting board. (or plastic one) See amazon.com/Flexible-Plastic-Cutting-EZ-Grip-Waffle/dp/… – Joe Jul 15 '18 at 10:03
  • related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/84166/67 – Joe Jul 15 '18 at 10:06
  • Ah, I think of "plastic cutting sheets" at the kind of thing you use for fabrics and paper crafts. – FuzzyChef Jul 17 '18 at 17:47

The rough surface faces downward to prevent the board from slipping on smooth surfaces.

  • That's the way that I typically use them, as well. If it's still too slippery, you can put a damp towel under the mat. (and they also sell ones that are silicone on one side to grip the counter better) – Joe Jul 15 '18 at 10:05

Are they very thin, hard but flexible sheets? Mine came with no particular instructions on which side to use, in fact all it said was that they were reversible - use either side or both.


Yes. I was wondering the same. I just visited a company's website and they described the "bottom" of their silicone cutting sheet as being textured (waffled) so as to provide a non-slip surface.

I might add that a smooth surface (cutting side) provides less of an environment for bacteria. (However, plastic is definitely not the best cutting surface as slicing itself creates a developing place for bacteria). A little bleach in the dish water is always wise. All in all, the convenience and flexibility for pouring makes these sheets popular and I use them daily.

Hope this helps.

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