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I'm reviewing my LEGITIM chopping boards.
These were bought from IKEA .
They cost 80p each.
IKEA, you either love it or hate it. I love it, but probably because I visit so rarely, about once or twice a year, because it is a bit of a distance from us and a trip there uses up most of the day. So maybe absence makes my heart grow fonder, so to speak . Anyway, we generally go with a purpose to buy something large that we've carefully researched online, or in the IKEA catalogue, but once the big item has been chosen I really like wandering around the areas selling smaller things for around the house and garden, and I usually come away with a few such items. These Legitim chopping boards were picked up on such a trip.
The board itself is white and there was no choice of colour with this product.
It measures a rather decent 34cms X 24cms and is around 1cm thick/deep.
It is made from plastic .
These can be used for basically anything that you need a chopping board for in the kitchen.
I bought two, and I use one for cutting raw meat and one for vegetables. We already have a marble bread board that stays in situ .
These don't move around on my work surfaces when I'm using them, but to be honest that might be because my surfaces are quite matt and very vaguely dimpled rather than glossy or very smooth.
There is a long slot cut out of each board at one end which serves as a grip assist when lifting the board to transfer chopped up items over to the cooker . This slot would also allow the board to be hung up when not in use, but the easiest way to store these is to simply slot them in against the side wall of a kitchen cupboard.
They are light as a feather (well almost).
I drew a tiny green flower with a permanent marker on the back of the one to be used for vegetables as soon as I brought them home. That way there is no mixing them up.
They can be washed in a dishwasher or in a kitchen sink with the other dishes etc.
I generally run them under the tap to remove the excess blood or juices immediately after using, and then wash them with my dishes in hotter soapy water later .
Knives don't slip or skid dangerously for me during chopping sessions on these.
After almost a year I admit these need replaced soon, due to the many cuts on the surface, plus the vegetable one has retained a very slight orange hue from chopping carrots etc on it and the meat one is no longer perfectly white either. Unfortunately that is unavoidable with plastic boards but it doesn't affect their usefulness ,nor their hygiene. If you wash them thoroughly they are perfectly safe to continue using.
I really can't fault these boards at all. They have given me excellent service for nearly a full year ,which is great for 80p each.
The only minor niggle for me was that I'd have preferred a choice of colours to distinguish what each board gets used for. However ,checking online to see if these are still available I see coloured ones available in a set of two different sized boards for £2. I'll watch out for those.
The more expensive wood or marble boards have their place , but for something really light that you can easily lift with one hand (even when it is loaded with veg etc) this is ideal and I have no hesitation recommending it and giving it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading.~~~myloh
Product: Legitum Chopping Board
I have a neighbour, who knowing my love of cooking and kitchen gismo's often brings me back gifts from her trips to Ikea. One of the products from the last few monts is a Legitum Chopping Board, because she knew my thin colour coded Kleeneze ones were worn out. I swopped half a dozen eggs for the chopping board!
Measuring 24 x 34cm the Legitum Chopping Board is an ideal size for most chopping and kitchen preparation purposes. They have a handy handle area cut out along one short end, that whilst that improves grab ability of the board, does cut down on useful chopping and storage space somewhat. The boards are made of a 100% reclyable plastic material that is very typical of modern chopping boards, in fact the board is average in many ways, it is a tried and tested design, neither too big or too small, too thick or too thin being about 1.2cm deep.
I have used the board quite a lot and find that it is robust and easy to use. I wipe it down every use and wash with hot soapy water as we do not have a dishwasher. It cleans up a treat, with things like mud from potatoes or when I have been chopping beetroot needing a little scrubbing, but otherwise it is very easy to clean. I notice that it has acquired a few scratches from chopping the tougher root vegetables, but it cleans up so well that so far I have no need to change it. However, when I do want a replacement and now that I have seen the price from reading another review, I think I'll buy a couple more of these.
A main advantage of this type of board is that they are so easy to store and handle. The big wooden ones are lovely but take up more cupboard space and are heavier to manoeuvre.
Other advantages are the low price, storability and being white they go with any colour scheme.
Do scratch a bit, so need replacing fairly regularly, but hey, this is the only disadvantage I can think of and they are so cheap to buy it is not a problem to replace frequently to ensure good safe food handling.
Price and Availability:
Currently just 80p from Ikea Stores Nationwide or on-line here: www.ikea.com
Thank you for reading my Legitum Chopping Board Review!
I do really rate Ikea's range of kitchenware and cookware items, and have found that most of the items that I have purchased from these particular ranges in store have offered excellent value for money and reasonable quality. One item that I purchased earlier this year was the "Ikea Legitim Chopping Board" with this review outlining my experiences of using the product.
This particular Legitim Board is only available in one colour (in my local branch of Ikea, at least) which is white, although I believe you can buy a twin pack of coloured boards in a different size to the one I am reviewing here. My board is a sort of 'medium' size and this cost me only 80 pence, a price which I feel offers excellent value for money.
The item is of course exclusive to Ikea, and I believe that you can only buy this particular item in store, with it not being available to purchase online at the current time. (Correct as @ October 2013).
The Board is basically a sort of oblong shape and made of hard plastic that is white in colour. Whilst sturdy and robust, I don't find the board to be particularly heavy or cumbersome, and certainly I can lift it by myself most of the time, even with impaired mobility. As the board is not overly thick, it is easily stored in a drawer or cupboard, although I believe you could hang it up too, should this be your preference.
The board is a fairly average size for a 'medium' sized board like this one, being a kind of A4 size, measuring 35 x 24 cm approx. When compared to another white-coloured plastic chopping board that I have from a well known Supermarket's budget brand, I can see that the Ikea Legitim Board is very slightly thicker, but not excessively so.
The board has a 'cut away' handle incorporated into its design at one end, and I find this has not been 'skimped' on in terms of its size; I can fit my fingers through the handle's slot quite neatly, and I have no issues with any aspect of the item's design, size or style.
I tend to use the Ikea Legitim Board for salad, fruit and vegetables. I do have separate boards for fish, meat and chicken, so these haven't been cut or chopped on the Legitim board. I find that I use the Legitim Board more during the summer months when salads and fruits are served during most days during any spells of warmer weather, so the board has been used a lot over the past few months or so. I will admit that I have been impressed to note only rather minimal wear and tear to the board, irrespective of the amount of use it has had.
I have noticed that the Legitim Board's surface is covered in a pattern of score marks and lines, made by my collection of knives and chopping implements. This doesn't take anything from the usefulness of the board, in my opinion, but I do feel the board's suitability for items such as raw meat or chicken may not be as strong as for other items such as vegetables and the like, as deeper score marks may prove to be a concern where bacteria is concerned. For me, this isn't an issue as the board is not used for such foodstuffs, and I do feel quite happy with the robustness and quality of the board's plastic.
The only main niggle I have where this particular board is concerned is that it seems to be rather more susceptible to staining than other boards in my collection, even those that are also coloured white. I do find that red-coloured foodstuffs in particular will often leave unsightly reddish-orange marks on the board's surface that no amount of elbow grease and hefty scrubbing will remove. Sure, most of the staining does seem to fade over time, but there are a few orange-coloured marks remaining on my board from foodstuffs such as carrots, red peppers and tomato puree spills, and these have proven to be especially stubborn to remove. I do feel that the board has taken on a somewhat shabby appearance as a result of this staining, but when I remind myself of the low budget price of the item, I feel this little niggle is slightly more forgivable... I just wouldn't use it if I had guests over for dinner, as it is not the most attractive looking item in my kitchenware collection!
The board is suitable for washing in a dishwasher, but mine is always washed by hand with a little washing up liquid and a brush or scourer pad. I find that this removes any debris or food stains that may have been lurking - stubborn reddish stains aside - and I don't find the board is any more difficult to care for than other boards I own.
A final point to note is that the board can occasionally 'slip' on the worktop's surface, although I personally find this happens with any of the plastic boards I have in my collection, and don't feel the Ikea Legitim board is any more guilty of this than any others I have; it's a bit annoying, I suppose, but it's amazing how you get used to such a trait, when a household item is used so regularly.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Ikea Legitim Chopping Board is an excellent value for money kitchen item, and whilst not perfect, it is well-made from high quality materials and performs rather well. I feel that the board is a worthwhile purchase and I would recommend it as a great budget buy.
We have an Ikea not that far from where we live so we often like to go shopping there whenever we might need something for our home, or sometimes we go just for the ice cream! A few years ago during our visit to Ikea I came a cross the Ikea Legitim Chopping Board in the kitchen section and was pleasantly surprised at the price. Costing just £1 for the Ikea Legitim Chopping Board meant I couldn't really resist buying a couple. Chopping boards in general are not that expensive (depending on the size and material), but I rarely come across ones this cheap, plus it is a decent size too which made it an even better buy.
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The Ikea chopping board has a white glossy finish and is made from hard plastic material. In my opinion it is reasonably lightweight thanks to its half a cm thickness, and the overall size measures around 32 cm x 20 cm. The chopping board has ribbed areas located on the surface sides as well as a carry handle located on the left. It is a basic looking white chopping board, but I wasn't really looking for a colourful designer chopping board so this looked ideal to me.
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The chopping is board is nice and sturdy and sits in place well on my kitchen worktops without it sliding or moving out of place. It allows me to cut a number of vegetables and other foods easily. I did occasionally use the surface to gut fish on and although it allowed to me perform the task at hand I found that after a few attempts I started to notice quite a few scratch marks and dents appear on the chopping board surface. Therefore in the long run it wasn't as durable as I would have liked and seemed to scratch way too easily.
The other issue is that stains very easy too, I like to make spicy dishes quite a lot therefore I found that if I spilt some coloured curry paste or spice's and it got wet it would end up leaving a colour stain on the surface. I tried washing it by hand with no result, and as it is also dishwasher safe I tried popping it in the dishwasher a few times, but unfortunately the stains remained. Especially as it is coloured white it is a lot more noticeable when you get stains on it, but still I would have expected better from Ikea products.
After a few months the chopping boards I purchased did not look great, they were stained and looked unpleasant. This made me feel a little self conscious about bacteria and whether it was holding onto the bacteria in the scratch areas and dented parts. It was then when I decided it was time for us to part ways! It is a shame as it basically does the job satisfactory but as it is not very durable and easily stained it does not last very long at all.
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Overall I wouldn't really recommend this chopping board for long term use, if you need one for only couple of months then sure its worth the £1 price tag, therefore I'm afraid it is not something I would be purchasing again.
I bought two of these Legitem chopping boards earlier on this year from Ikea. I only actually needed one but as they were only 80p I pushed the boat out and treated myself to two. Also Ikea is a bit of a drive away from my house so when I do visit there I usually stock up on these small kitchen bits and pieces as I find a lot of their items such good value and also good quality.
The chopping board is made of white plastic which is rigid and does not bend. The surface is not smooth and has a sort of roughened finish which is great to stop things slipping around when you are chopping or preparing food. The board measures 34cm x 24cm x 0.8cm which is plenty big enough for most kitchen uses. The edges are slightly rounded and it also has a long slot at one end which I find particularly useful when I am cleaning it as I can hold it up in the washing up bowl with one hand and clean both sides with the other. You could also use this to hang it up but I just slot mine at the side of the bread bin when it is not in use.
It is dishwasher safe but I will usually only wash it in there once a week. If I am using it to cut bread I will just wipe it with a wet piece of kitchen roll in the sink and if I am cutting vegetables I will wash it in the bowl with washing up liquid and a scourer. I find that it cleans easily and dries quickly afterwards.
I don't however use this chopping board to cut meat as I prefer to use a glass one which I actually also bought from Ikea about 18 months ago. As you use this plastic one you do get knife marks and ridges on it which the meat juices could get into. As I said previously you can put the board in the dishwasher but I still don't like the thought of using the same one for meat and then chopping salad on afterwards. Mine has gone slightly off colour now as I have used it a lot and is a bit grey looking especially in the middle and I think it is now time to throw it away and use my other one, but at 80p a time I think I have got a good use out of it.
I would definitely buy these again the next time I am in Ikea as I like the fact that they have the textured surface so things don't slip around on them and they are also very good value. Another plus for me is that it is also fully recyclable.
I recently bought this chopping board to replace and old, worn out one. As nice as some of the wooden and glass ones were this was cheap and large enough for my food preparation needs.
The Legitim chopping board is made out of rigid white polyethylene plastic which is light and sturdy. It has a roughened surface to stop food from slipping around with smooth, rounded edges and a slot at one end which can be used as a handle or hanger.
It weighs 0.6 kg and measures 34 x 24 x 0.8 cm which is plenty of room for chopping vegetables and de-boning fish. It's also dishwasher safe and takes up very little cupboard space.
It does NOT contain Bisphenol A which is used to make some plastics and has been linked to some rather scary negative health effects. Good to know!
Lastly this chopping board can be recycled so once it's no longer of use it doesn't need to add to landfill.
The princely sum of 80 pence!
I picked up this chopping board whilst doing a general household shop in Ikea. There were several types to choose from and whilst the wooden and glass boards were lovely I just wanted something cheap and basic to replace my old board. At 80p there didn't seem to be a downside and it was light enough to sling into the giant yellow bag (tent?) provided by Ikea.
I gave it a quick wash before first use and it dried quickly and didn't retain heat from the hot water like glass does. I was pleased about this as I'm always concerned about placing meat on a warm surface... Salmonella anyone?
The rough textured surface does indeed hold food items in place so no worries about carrot slices shooting off across the kitchen or salmon fillets making a break for it. It does tend to stain with certain foods such as beetroot but a good scrubbing takes care of the worst of it.
Considering the price and good build quality it deserves a high rating. However I do have one concern about this board and others like it. When cutting food you inevitably score the plastic underneath. These small gouges can trap bacteria and are hard to thoroughly clean out. I ended up resorting to scrubbing it with bleach before rinsing and immersing in soapy water. This would seem to work but does add another step to the washing up. I haven't put it in a dishwasher as I'm concerned that all those little crevices wouldn't be reached.
That last point aside it's a cheep and cheerful chopping board that works well for it's given task.
I can happily recommend the Ikea Legitim chopping board as a cost-effective kitchen basic. Just remember to clean thoroughly.
I have had the Ikea Legitim chopping board for a couple of years now. It was purely an impulse buy at the time. I seem to develop strange compulsions when I am walking around Ikea, maybe it's to do with the contrived atmosphere of consumerism - but a lot of things I neither wanted or needed seem to end up in my yellow bag as I obligingly follow the path around the store.
But this was one impulse buy which turned out well.
I can't remember how much exactly I paid for this board but since it is retailing at 80p now it can't have been much. It is a small, white plastic board with some texture on the surface on it so the food doesn't slip around whilst you are chopping it. It has a hole where you can place your hand to either carry the item or to help hold it still whilst you are working. It's size is approx. 34cm length x 24cm width and 8mm deep.
Experience of the product:
To me, this is one of Ikeas classic design winners. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing item but it is a very handy item to have in the kitchen. It's easy to use and its size makes it easy to store. I use it several times a week for chopping vegetables or meat. The textured surface helps the food stay put. I have even used it as a rolling board if I have only a small amount of pastry to roll. It cleans very well. My board is easily slipped into my dishwasher and always comes up looking good. Despite much usage, it doesn't look worn or stained yet.
That is why another one of these boards found its way into our yellow bag as we walked around Ikea again this weekend as we shopped for stuff for my daughter to take with her to university.
I am impressed with the durability and user friendliness of this board and would recommend. Fabulous value for money for an essential kitchen item.
When I met my husband eight years ago I was shocked when I walked into his home for the first time, particularly as he had so many pieces from Ikea. Not only were a huge amount of his furnishings identical to the displays in their stores, but so were many of the bits and bobs contained in the kitchen drawers and cupboards. When we decided to set up home together some time after, I did not want our house filled with Ikea products, so he agreed to sort through them. Thankfully, the majority were given away or disposed of with the exception of a few bits and pieces with this review discussing the Legitm Chopping Board.
As far as chopping boards go, this is extremely basic in appearance and is only available in white. However, it has been created from polyethylene plastic, which is hard wearing and is of a high quality and despite us having owned it for over eight years there are no signs of any cracks.
The chopping board is considerably lightweight at 0.6 kg and measures 34 cm x 24 cm whilst offering a fairly good thickness of 8 mm. The chopping section offers a slightly textured plastic and has raised edges to prevent any food slipping off in addition to an incorporated handle should you wish to hang it on display. Although the board is lightweight, it doesn't move around the worktop when being used. Whilst our board is located in one of our kitchen cupboards I find the handle useful when washing and drying it with a tea towel, as it enables me to obtain an easy grip.
Whilst I cannot bear items all over my kitchen tops, as I prefer them to be almost clear, due to the basic appearance of the chopping board, I wouldn't think it's something that anyone would wish to have on display. My husband cannot recall when he made his purchase and despite us having regularly used it over the past eight years it is in a pretty good condition. There are evident knife scratches on both sides and a few patches or discoloration although this is neither here nor there as far as I am concerned.
I have a couple of other boards, which are wooden and as I do not wish to mix raw meats with any other foods, this board is used solely for the preparation of fruit, vegetables and salads. The board is easy to clean although the areas of discoloration refuse to budge, as they are deeply ground into the plastic. Whilst we do not own a dish washer, I am aware that the chopping board is dish washer safe.
My husband hasn't a clue how much he paid for this, but Ikea are currently charging just 80p, which is excellent value for money. If the board broke tomorrow I would go out and purchase the identical one especially as they are so cheap, as whilst I do not consider myself to be tight with money, I cannot justify paying mega bucks for a leading brand. It would have been useful if other colours were available, as I would have purchased another and been able to easily distinguish which board is for meat and which is for vegetables. However, I am able to make a high recommendation and feel a four star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Ikea Legitim Chopping Board
I seem to have a range of chopping boards in my kitchen;many of them I have bought and other I have not. This was one of a few of these ones that I bought when my various off spring moved out.
They moved out initially for university then came back, they moved out into various different flats and shared accommodation then returned home for many different reasons. Whenever they returned my kitchen was suddenly full of extra bits and pieces they brought with them.
These chopping boards are pretty basic but at the cost of about #1 each you cannot expect much. My usual boards are microban ones so I tend to resort to this when they are all in the dishwasher.
This is basically a tough white plastic board that you can easily wash once used. I do try to keep meat chopping boards separate from veggie ones and as this not a microban one I tend to use this for veggies only. I always wash mine straight after using it and I always use an antibacterial washing up liquid just to be safe.
This is not a huge board as it is about A4 size and is about 50ml thick so not anything special. It does have the ability to be hung but I keep mine in a stack beside the microwave as I don't find any chopping boards that attractive.
This is dishwasher safe and I have put it in there when I have chopped veggies that stain but I usually just hand wash the boards as I re use them as I am preparing food. It has survived the dishwasher even though it has warped a little. It is still surviving and we have had it a year or two now.
If you have shiny kitchen surface you might find that this slips around. If it is a problem then put a sponge or tea towel under it while in use.
I do sometimes use my chopping boards as saucepan rests when serving out food. This is not so great for that as it did melt it a little when we tried so we have not tried again with another.
After some time in use these boards do get knife marks in them and this is why I always use mine only for veggies or fruit. I am never too sure about what germs get into grooves like these.
This is not a high quality item but it has survived the boys having it in their shared house and I have now had it back a year or so. The boys are not careful with their things and so if it survived their use then for its price it is well worth buying.
I would say that if you are setting up a kitchen on a budget then these do a fine job at the price. They are perfect for students and youngsters setting up kitchen for the first time . I have bought several over the years and the one I have left is the last of a long series of them.
Chopping boards are functional items in my view and this does the job. I don't put my boards on display and have several different ones. This does just as good a job as any other.
I don't know whether this plastic might cause the knives to get blunt but I find that using this does not make any difference as to how the veggies and fruit cuts. I can cut cleanly through and it doesn't seem to stain too much in all the time I have had this and its friends that I have had over the year.
If you are after a basic plain and simple chopping board at a bargain price then this is perfectly good and does the job and the price would take some beating.
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A chopping board as far as I am concerned is a basic necessity in the kitchen, I have had several since I've been in my own home and am currently using the Legitim Chopping Board that I bought from Ikea ages ago.
The Legitim Chopping Board is made from a tough plastic and is white in colour, I was a bit worried that being white it might stain but this hasn't been the case, it measures approximately 34cm's long and 24cm's wide with a depth of 8mm.
It has an opening cut out of one end which is used to pick the board up, this does make life easier when transferring peelings etc from the chopping board to the bin.
The Legitim Chopping Board looks basic and it comes at a basic price of just 80p but its quality definitely isn't reflected in the price, I've had my board for several months now and it is used on a daily basis to chop fruit and vegetables or even make sandwiches, I hate cutting anything on my work surfaces. I have a separate chopping board for anything meaty.
The surface of the chopping board has a textured finish which I think helps to stop your knife from slipping while chopping up vegetables.
The chopping board can be either washed in hot soapy water or in the dishwasher, I personally pop mine in the dishwasher and haven't had any problems with it warping, this also seems to stop any smells getting into the chopping board from onions etc.
I've been really pleased with my Legitim Chopping Board, its an ideal size and stores away neatly without taking up a lot of cupboard space, it hasn't stained which in my opinion is another bonus. I haven't had any problems with the knives making cuts or marks in the boards surface but at 80p it wouldn't cost much to replace it if this happens over time.
Ikea also do the Legitim Chopping board in a pack of 2, one board is the same size as the white one and the other is slightly smaller, I plan to buy these on my next trip.
If you use a chopping board then I would recommend the Legitim Chopping Board from Ikea, its nothing fancy but serves its purpose.
Ikea is one of my favourite places to shop although it's one of those places that sell things you would never dream of but as soon as you see it you wonder how you ever lived without it and your life is not fulfilled until you actually have whatever it is. I walk around and am amazed by so many things and also the price of so many things, Ikea is very cheap but also very good quality for what you are getting.
One of the items every household needs is a chopping board, in fact I would go so far as to say a household usually needs quite a few chopping boards and we have plenty of them. For 80p, yes, that's right, you heard me, 80p this chopping board from Ikea is a steal, even if you just use it once or twice you will get your money's worth out of it but we've probably had it a couple of years now and it is still going strong.
What I like about this board is that it has a handle at the top, really it's just a handle shape whole in the top of the board so it's very easy to grab hold of the board like this by putting your fingers through the whole and grabbing the other side. This makes this board perfect for chopping and I use it as my vegetable chopping board as I can chop all the vegetables on the board and then use the handle to angle the board into my pan of boiling water and push the vegetables into the water without them falling all over the floor or making a mess.
The board is so light that it's easy to pick up and scoop food from. It's made from a white plastic, or should I say Polyethylene plastic so it's very tough and hardwearing and although its got some knife markings on it they are not big grooves or anything like that so there is no chance of food getting stuck in them or this board being unhygienic in any way.
The board is fairly large, it suits all my needs for chopping for a four person family perfectly. The dimensions from the website are given as:
Length: 34 cm
Width: 24 cm
Thickness: 8 mm
It's dishwasher safe, I always put mine in the dishwasher and it hasn't warped or bent which is great. I can see this board lasting for quite a few number of years yet so really it has been a fantastic buy and one I recommend.
During a recent shopping trip to Ikea with my mother I ended up spending a fortune. I blame my mother for that of course and her leading me and my purse astray lol. I have recently moved from a smaller flat to a bigger one and I have a really big country style kitchen now with loads of cupboard space and coming from flat with a rather small, cramped kitchen space one of the things I was looking forward to in my new abode was having room to cook and learn to cook better in!
Living right by my best friends and my family again means that when I am at home I have a stream of visitors and I have really grasped cooking a lot more which meant when I spotted this simple looking chopping board for only 80p and in a nice large size I could see it coming in handy and getting some use!
This is a lightweight chopping board made of white plastic with a cut away handle piece to the top of it. Its oblong in shape and in total measurements is 34 x 24 cm, so quite large really.
Its quite thick though as I have already mentioned it is lightweight and easy to transport to where you want to use it and when not in use this goes to the side of a cupboard and doesn't take up much room at all, so its easy to store.
I find this great for my needs and it saves me scratching worktops and the likes though it has got scratched and marked through me using it with my very sharp knife set so doesn't look as nice as it once did but it serves a purpose. Because of some deep marks within it I no longer cut meat on it as I don't want germs to infest in there but use it simply for chopping up vegetables and the likes. Its easy enough to wash up and it is dishwasher safe me though I give it a good scrub in hot water and washing up liquid and sometimes I do really attack it with a scrubber just to make sure its clean and a bit of diluted bleach.
Over time this does look worn and isn't all that pretty but it serves its purpose and doesn't cost the earth to simply replace it and I think its a very good value item overall!
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We do not have an Ikea that close to where we live - the nearest store is over an hour's drive away - consequently I don't visit very often. When I do go, I try to stock up on items that I use a lot. One of those items is chopping boards. We have all heard those tales that the average chopping board harbours more germs and bacteria than a toilet bowl etc, so I like to replace mine pretty frequently to ensure that my kitchen is as hygienic as possibly. Therefore, I don't wish to spend a fortune on them as they will only be used for a few months before being discarded. These Ikea legitim chopping boards are ideal as they come in a variety of sizes and only set me back a few pounds for a set of various sizes or even less if bought individually.
The smallest size that I have owned is quite small for a chopping board, at 24cm x 15cm. The one I use most regularly is more like the size you would expect for a chopping board - 34cm x 24cm. The boards are made of polyethylene plastic and have a slightly rough texture to them rather than a smooth finish. The boards are lightweight and fairly thin - the largest sized board has a thickness of 8mm and the smaller one 5mm. They are therefore easy to move around the kitchen and wash under the tap etc. The top of the boards have a hole cut out to act as a carry handle. The design is simple but practical. My boards are white in colour but they are also available in a number of bright colours including blue and green so you can match them with your kitchen's colour scheme if you so wish.
The boards are dishwasher safe which is another plus point from a hygiene point of view, Being made of plastic though, you need to be careful what you put them in the dishwasher with as any tomato sauces etc will cause staining. My white boards have been stained slightly orange over time in this way. Obviously this does not affect it's use in any way but it does make them look a bit unsightly. The boards also scratch easily with the use of a sharp knife which is not ideal as these scratches may harbour germs but it is hard to completely eradicate this feature of a chopping board.
Overall I would say that these boards are good value for money and good for my purpose as I don't keep them for long. If you are looking for a more longterm chopping board I would suggest looking elsewhere as these don't wear particularly well over time. They are lightweight and practical though so get a recommendation from me.
I always buy Ikea chopping boards because they are so cheap and because I replace my chopping boards so often. I'm a bit of a hygiene fanatic and so I replace my chopping boards every three months with new ones. I firmly believe that there is bacteria lurking in the crevices on the old ones, my husband thinks this is a bit over the top, but just he goes along anyway for a quiet life! I normally buy the Ikea Legitim chopping boards, they used to come in a pack of two, one large and one small for just 99 pence, now you just get the one large chopping board for 80 pence. This is still ludicrously cheap though.
So you get the one large chopping board for just 80 pence, and I normally have four of these chopping boards on the go at a time, I won't chop two different items on the same chopping board, see my hygiene ocd coming out here! For just £3.20 every 3 months I can easily afford to replace all four each time.
The Legitim chopping board is white in colour. It's just a basic plastic chopping board with a kind of a rough and ridged non slip chopping surface on both sides, and a carry handle at one end. It measures 34cm x 24cm, and it's quite a thick chopping board at 8mm. It's quite a heavyish chopping board too, considering that's it's just plastic.
The Legitim chopping board is dishwasher safe, and all of mine are normally in the dishwasher every singe day. I put them in the dishwasher all the time on a heavy duty 65 wash and they are still in perfect shape, they haven't been warped or bent out of shape or ruined at all in the dishwasher.
The chopping boards do have some drawbacks though. I find that they stain very very easily, and the heavy duty dishwashing cycles will not get rid of all of the stains. I find that by the time I come to replace them at the end of the three months they are all very badly stained, they actually look quite grotty by the time I come to replace them. Another drawback is that the chopping boards do seem to be quite 'soft', they mark very easily from everyday chopping of fruit, veg, meat etc. By the end of the three months mine are normally completely covered in knife groove marks, this doesn't really help with my 'bacteria in the grooves' ocd!
Having said that though, although they do have a couple of drawbacks I do continue to buy these chopping boards every three months, and I will continue to do so. For the low price I'm happy enough with them, and I can't really fault the price.
I bought my chopping board from Ikea mainly because of the price, I don't often go to Ikea, it is not a shop I feel overly comfortable in and I would rather by online from them than actually go to one of their shops. I went just because I had never been before and I happened to be visiting another shop near to where the Ikea was.
I bought other items from Ikea and in passing saw this chopping board and though why not! I had a glass board which I didn't like as I was worried about dropping it and it was too big and cumbersome. I saw this and thought it was ideal, it's a nice small size, and it has a handle so can be carried easily. It is white plastic and is about half a centimetre thick.
I have used this board a lot and find it does mark very easily, it now has many scratches and digs in it as well as being slightly discoloured. If it is left in the sink (which I did) with any curry like substance, it does make the board the same colour! No matter how much cleaning, scrubbing, bleaching has brought back the original whiteness of the board. The level of germ collection was a worry which is why although I still have this board it is not very often used.
I have only ever washed this in a bowl as I don't have a dishwasher, so I don't know how it reacts to being washed in one. Although the dishwasher would clean it better and rid germs better than a quick scrub in a washing bowl, that is one disadvantage with buying plastic boards. For £1 I cannot complain about its ability to be a chopping board, it doesn't have non stick bits so unless I put it on a damp tea towel, it does scoot around the kitchen worktop when chopping.