“ Brand: Lakeland / Product Type: Knife Set „
I have four Lakeland Stay Put Chopping Boards that came to be in one pack altogether. The pack of four chopping boards cost me £34.99, but I note that they are currently on sale for £31.99 - which obviously equates to about £8.00 per chopping board. I don't think this is the cheapest chopping boards around, but I do like the convenience of having four different colours all in one pack and so for hygiene purposes this is a really good idea.
The boards are different colours, namely red, yellow, green and blue. They are designed to be different colours so that you can use a different board for different foodstuffs. I would find it easier if there was something on the board to remind you what board is to be used for what - because otherwise it's a matter of remembering - and obviously anyone other than me that is preparing food in the house seems completely incapable of remembering the system!! I use the green one for vegetables and fruit, the red one for uncooked meat, the yellow one for cooked meats, and the blue one for bread products etc.
The boards are a decent size - and are all the same size. Each board measures 26 cm x 37 cm and so this is perfectly adequate for domestic size. The boards are each made of plastic, but they have a rubbery frame which stops them from moving around when you are using them for chopping or cutting on. This works really well, especially on our marble surfaces. There is Microban antimicrobial protection inbuilt into the boards and so for hygiene this is really a good idea. Although the surfaces are supposedly knife friendly, the boards do mark when you're chopping on them and over the time I have owned the boards, small scratches have appeared and they do look more "lived in" than they did when first bought! There is a handle that can be held on to when chopping - not that it is really needed - and also to carry the board when transporting ingredients.
The chopping board is dishwasher safe, but I don't always think the dishwasher washes it that well, especially now that there are more scratches - and so I tend to wash it by hand.
Overall, I do think these are a good product, but I think they are a little overpriced and it would be nice to see them drop a little in price. There is a holder which you can buy separately to store them in, which I also have for convenience.
It's fair to say that food plays a big part in my family's life, if we are not eating we are probably thinking about the next meal, and I do spend a fair bit of time cooking. My kitchen is far from being the oasis of order I'd like, but from time to time, and usually following a Lakeland visit, I can't help trying to make things that little bit better. I always live in hope of discovering the one thing that will transform me into the organised and more efficient cook I would like to be.
So it was with these chopping boards. For a while I had been thinking that I should probably find some way of making sure different food stuffs were prepared on their own board, in order to avoid things like the kids' cucumber and carrot sticks possibly coming into contact with anything that had been used to cut raw meat or the like. When I saw these four boards in Lakeland Sale in store they looked like a good solution.
The boards are available in two sizes as pictured, currently only the larger 41cm size seems to be available on the website. The boards I have are a more compact 32cm by about 20cm, and I paid £12 for them in the sale, I believe they are normally around the £20 mark.
It's up to you how you choose to colour code your boards, I use the green one for vegetables, red for raw meat, blue for fish and yellow for cooked foods, as was suggested on the box. I have been surprisingly good at remembering which board is for which food stuff - the boards are quite small but I find that they are large enough to cut up most food stuffs, and I really like the fact that after use they can be placed straight in the dishwasher, as they are small they fit quite nicely - you could of course wash by hand.
A good feature is the grippy handle in a flexible rubber, which also forms a ridge at the end of the board. As billed - ie "stay put", this does ensure both that the board adheres to the work surface and that food doesn't slide off the end. It's easy enough to slide food off the side of the board with you knife into the pan once you have finished chopping. As the board is polyproprene I do find it's pleasant to use for chopping, mine have marked a little over time but have worn well.
I find I use the green board the most, but these boards have been an excellent addition to my cupboard and something I use every day. I like to think that hygiene and efficiency have indeed both been improved in my kitchen as a result.
It would be good if these boards came in some sort of holder, but apart from that I can find no fault with them. As I have come to expect from Lakeland these boards are well designed, useful and actually very good value. Highly recommended.