Kitchen Essentials – Chopping Boards

A chopping board is a must have in any kitchen but with such a huge choice of the different types and styles of board on the market it’s hard to pick the one for us. Wooden, bamboo, glass or plastic they all have their positive and negative sides… so which one to choose?

Kitchen Essentials – Chopping Boards. An easy guide to buying the perfect chopping board. A chopping board is a must have in any kitchen but with such a huge choice of the different types and styles of board on the market it’s hard to pick the one for us. Wooden, bamboo, glass or plastic they all have their positive and negative sides… so which one to choose? A few months back when we were in the midst of KonMari-ing our kitchen and in that process we had gotten rid of all our chopping boards. However, it didn’t take us long to realised the mistake of our actions… so off to the garage we went to retrieve some from the charity pile. Since that day I have been looking for a suitably perfect chopping board, talking to friends, asking strangers (especially in the Facebook KonMari group as most people there would also have the same problem at some point) but it seemed the more I researched the subject, the more confused I became. There was no right and wrong answer. Different chopping boards will suit different people and different needs. I made a list of the pros and cons before hitting the shopping mall in search of my favourite board.

Butchers Block

Pro: can last a lifetime

Cons: price, weight

A good quality butcher’s block, when taken care of, can last a lifetime. They are pricy and heavy but they are a must have for some jobs in the kitchen. Their thickness and size means there is no movement when “playing” with large chunks of meat. Defiantly a must buy for any meat lover who shops at the local butcher more than at the supermarket.

Wooden Boards

Pro: long lasting, kind for knifes

Cons: care regime

The wooden board is just the thinner “brother” of a butcher block. They are much cheaper and lighter but their essential care regime is something off putting. You can’t just pop them into the dishwasher so they have to be cleaned by hand in a specific way in order to preserve their properties.

Bamboo Boards

Pro: hygienic, price

Cons: unkind for knifes

Bamboo boards present the most eco-friendly choice out there. They are lightweight and usually cheaper than wooden boards but… well there is always a “but”… bamboo is strong and lacks any grain so in the long run your knives will suffer.

Plastic Boards

Thick Ones

Pro: price

Cons: weight

Thick plastic boards could be perfect but due to their light weight they are kind of unstable, which can result in slipping which can potentially lead to injuries. Most of them lack any kind of anti-slipping properties or countermeasures. The good thing about them is that they can be washed in the dishwasher as often as your heart desires and will withstand the harsher chemicals during the cleaning process.

Thin so called chopping mats

Pro: price, weight, portable

Cons: very consumable

I personally like chopping mats but they require frequent replacement. Due to their thickness or should I say the lack of it, they are getting scratched (read chopped) quickly and thus lose their charm within days of use. Washing them in a dishwasher will most likely warp them due to the high heat levels so hand washing it is.

Glass Boards

Pro: easiest to clean, hygienic,

Cons: unkind for knifes

Glass chopping boards are the most hygienic option out there. They are super easy to clean, lightweight yet usually with anti-slip properties (most glass boards I have encountered have small rubber feet which help them stay in one spot), heat resistant and super durable but…. they will damage your knives in the long run, there is no question about it!

So here are all thoughts on the various styles of board and my pros and cons for them all. After my research session had finished we settled on: a butcher block, a set of thick plastic colour coordinated boards and one glass board. They are all bringing joy so they will stay in the kitchen 🙂

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Kitchen Essentials - Chopping Boards

My Top 3 Kitchen Must Haves

I don’t know how about you but every month we collect more and more kitchen gadgets… they are all useful… to a point, I guess, but we are simply running out of space in the kitchen to store them. With so many new products on the market it is impossible to have them all. Mark is nagging me again to “clean up” some of the less used items… invariable making space for new gadgets to arrive soon 😉

This got me thinking… if I were to get rid of all the less essential kitchen products and were allowed to keep only three things which would three would it be?

Well… my kitchen would have knives, chopping boards and a kitchen timer!

My Top 3 Kitchen Must HavesKnives – they take the number one spot on my kitchen must haves list.

I can’t imagine doing any cooking without a good knife. I am not sure how my gran did it but she used to have one sharp knife… one knife in the entire kitchen and believe me she cooked a lot.

Mark is a little bit knives obsessed, we even had to find a dedicated large kitchen drawer to accommodate all his sharp, proper (how he likes to call them) knives. A good knife can make any cooking related task so much easier… peeling, chopping or slicing when paired with a good, sharp knife isn’t all that scary.

Lately we were given a set of Precision Chef Knives from Edge of Belgravia. Well, each of these knives not only look like a hundred bucks they also perform as one. Despite being stainless steel they feel quite light, almost like a ceramic knife; this said they do offer perfect balance and being super sharp outstanding performance. Highly recommended if you are on the market for new knives.

Chopping boards – this is my must have number two.

I know some people could easily function without a chopping board or boards like in my case, but I can’t.

I used to favour heavy wooden chopping boards until one day when I prepared myself a fruit smoothie with hint of garlic and onion leftover from the night before… well, the board was washed properly of this I am sure but some of the flavours must have imbedded into the knife marks in the board and then stuck to my fruit once I was chopping them up. Since that day we have replaced all the wooden boards with thin plastic ones… I think we got them from Ikea; fairly cheap ones but they come in a selection of colours so it was easy enough to assign a specific colour to a specific type of food that you will be chopping on it. I do like them; they are light and bendy so moving prepared ingredients from a work top to a pot isn’t a big deal and as they are cheap you can replace them more often without breaking your bank balance.

Kitchen timer – third and last spot on my kitchen must haves list.

Well, I know that there are a lot of other useful items I could pick but I am unable to cook without it.

Sometimes I have 1000s of thoughts in my head all at once and the attention span of a toddler so you see without a reminder in the form of a loud buzzing noise I would never remember to remove things from the oven until they are very well done (sacrificial burnt offerings as Mark likes to call them) and most likely uneatable or until the fire alarm reminds me it is time to stop cooking the eggs which were done well before the entirety of the water has evaporated into the air.

My kitchen timer isn’t super lush, I think I picked it up on the cheap from a TKMaxx but it does the job well and that is all that counts.

My fourth would be a temperature reader with a probe but as I only allowed myself three things for this list I can’t have it, bah.

So, these are my top three kitchen must haves.

Which three kitchen essentials would you put on your list?