These chopping boards have been made to not only be useful, practical, but also eco friendly and good looking.
I was sent one of the knives pattern one to try out. After wondering what could be so desirable about just another chopping board, I realised a few things just by checking it out.
Thanks to my son studying wood at school, I now know more about renewable sources and about why it’s so important not to overuse hard wood supplies. So I knew from looking at this board that it was indeed made from renewable sources, and therefore ticked the eco friendly box straight away.
They are made from a similar product to MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) which uses recycled wood, or wood that cannot be used for superior uses, and breaks it down into sawdust, then compresses it together to form board. A little more technical than that, but we won’t go there. This leaves a versatile board, that is strong.
I care a lot for the world we live in, and if I can make a small difference I do try to do that. MDF may not be on the top of the list for wood “snobs” (forgive my expression), but I think sometimes we have to think past our own preferences in favour of what is kinder.
Other properties about the boards are:
- Dishwasher safe. My dish washer is a sponge and washing up liquid, so I cannot make a comment really on that. But I’m aware that many home have them now, and imagine this is a good quality to have.
- The board surface will not damage knife edge. Got to be good. You do not want to damage your good kitchen knives. I appreciate this.
- Heat resistant to 176C/ 350F. This is useful, as the board can then be used as a trivet.
- The boards have FSC approval.
- They are made in USA
The boards also come in useful different designs, so you can easily separate usage for say meat, fish, poultry and vegetables. I really like the patterns on these, they simply go with the suitable product. So the vegetable one has vegetables on it, etc.
There is a cut out in the corner, useful for hanging up or holding.
There is an advice label on the board to advise that the pattern will fade with use, but I imagine this is to be expected. The pattern is on one side of the board.
So what did I think?
First impressions, I wasn’t very taken as I was expecting a solid wood board.
But then I was really impressed with the eco friendly side of things. I liked that it’s light, it’s handy, it looks good. Easy to clean and won’t split like my wooden boards. It felt good to cut on, and the size is a nice size to work with. It’s not too clumsy either, which I like.
The knife board come in 2 sizes in the UK 28 x 23cm – £22.95 and 35 x 28cm – £38.
The designer pattern boards are £39.95. All from Topgourmet in the UK.
Fuss Free Living Rating: Designer Series Chopping Boards
Appearance. 5/5. They look very lovely, and would compliment any kitchen work surface.
Value. 2/5. To me they are expensive. Particularly if you want the full set. Worth it if you can, but a little out of my own range.
Convenience. 5/5. All round good qualities about them. Eco friendly, easy to use, good for knives, easy to clean.
Thank you to Top Gourmet for my chopping board.
What sort of chopping board do you prefer? And what design do you like?