Cooking is something we have all done at least once in our lives. Probably more so ever since the pandemic hit the world by surprise. Everyone has their own method, style, and preference for their kitchen setup when about to cook. Cutting board goes here. Vegetables are to be chopped up and placed in their own dish. Meat goes in another bowl. Depending on the recipe, you will need A LOT of ingredients. With each ingredient having its own container, they can all add up and take up quite some space!
Without realizing, what was once very a spacious area, has now become super cramped. You barely even have any room to sit! As a result, you might consider moving your ingredients to the stove area but now the spices, pots, pans, are already occupying the space. You might even end up placing some of the bowls of ingredients on the floor. Probably not the best place to put things!
As you look back, you start to get a headache and worry about not tripping over anything. You start to panic and wonder if this recipe is even worth all the hassle! But you already came this far, so why stop now? By the time you finished cooking, you will be able to enjoy your meal. That is, until you need to wash the kitchenware and sweep the floors!
If this experience sounds all too familiar, there is a kitchen tool that might just be right for you!
Special Cutting Board
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You can purchase a bamboo cutting board with containers. It is about 15.7 inches x 10.2 inches. This cutting board is taller than your typical one. 3.7 inches to be exact. The reason is because there are slots where you can place containers. These containers act like your bowls or dishes to keep your ingredients separate. Each one is 10 inches x 3.3 inches x 2.4 inches. There are 4 provided with this product.
What is helpful is that this cutting board has a drop zone. You can push the ingredients into this which will allow it to fall into a container. With the typical cutting board, you have to push the chopped ingredients into a bowl of some sort. You will risk some pieces of ingredients falling, missing the bowl, and ending up on the floor. Does the “3 second rule” even apply?
On the other hand, the drop zone is very wide. The likelihood of missing is very low and when ingredients fall, it goes straight into one of those containers. This is very convenient.
Additionally, this cutting board also has grooves near the edge that will hold a certain amount of fluids. If you were to chop up juicy vegetables, you might find it leaking onto your counter top without this grooved design. Traditional cutting boards do not quite have this.
This design of this board takes into account the handedness of the person as well. You can be left or right-handed, it is a non-discriminating board. Just flip it to the position that feels most comfortable for you.
When you have enough experience cooking, you will be able to recognize which ingredients can mix together in the same compartment. If they are similar enough, you can be efficient and mix them into the same container. If the ingredients have different cooking properties, you should keep it separate.
For example, meats and vegetables have different cooking properties. Vegetables can be eaten raw but if raw meat is consumed, one can potentially get sick. Therefore, meat would require a much longer cooking time than vegetables. This is so that any lingering pathogen can be killed. Additionally, you don’t want any juices from the meat to start soaking up the vegetables. Keeping these ingredients in separate containers would be highly recommended.
I also do not recommend keeping meat in this cutting board’s containers. There are corners on the containers where juices from the meat can get trapped in. If not careful, it can remain if not washed thoroughly. This can potentially contaminate other ingredients that you use in the future. I highly recommend putting meat in a bowl where the vessel is rounded and easier to wash.
You also want to keep vegetables with different properties separate as well. Potatoes will take much longer to cook than let’s say garlic, bell peppers, or onions. Therefore, potatoes can have its own container while garlic, bell pepper, and onions can be kept together (if you have the space).
Ultimately, there is no one correct method and combination. You can be as creative as you like. This is where cooking becomes more of an art.
Depending on the recipe you want to cook, you might find yourself having to organize and keep each ingredient separate. If each ingredient had its own container or bowl, that can really take up space. Before you know it, you might end up using the space on the kitchen floor. This can create tripping hazards.
Fortunately, there are tools like this special cutting board with 4 containers. This board doesn’t require any additional space on your counter top aside from the board. Those containers are designed in such a manner that it takes only as much space as the cutting board. Depending on how many ingredients you need, you can even use one of those containers for multiple, similar ingredients.
After all that hard work of preparing food, it is probably time for you to eat your masterpiece creation. Hope your meal came out really great and delicious!
When you are cleaning, be sure to click here to read about sponges and how to maintain them! They can be sources of bad odor and other critters in your kitchen.
Did you enjoy this article and did this special cutting board sound helpful for you? If you tried using it before, please leave a comment below with your thoughts on it!