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This was a Christmas gift which I had seen reviewed on dooyoo and remember thinking "what a great concept", so I was really pleased to receive it.
The idea is that this is a kitchen chopping board which is designed so that when you grab the handle, the sides fold upwards to create a chute to tip the contents of your board into a pot without losing the items over the sides. The board comes in a range of funky colours and made from a rigid tough plastic.
The size of the chopping area on the board is about 22x26cm, which is more than enough for chopping veg. The front edge when the board is in the chute shape is about 12cm wide so it's going to be fine for most saucepans you'd be cooking veg in.
It works very well and is designed well too. There are no ridges on the chopping side - the lines of the folds are still completely smooth, with the scoring of the board to enable the folding being all entirely on the underside. Also underneath is a number of non-slip strips which do their job well whilst you're chopping.
The board does not sit perfectly flat when placed on the worktop, the sides are very slightly permanently raised, but this doesn't hamper chopping in any way because it's only very slight, and your natural pressing down cutting action does this. The handle is also permanently curved up at the sides which make it easy to pick up and use, and when it is grabbed, it gives a sure one-handed grip and works perfectly to create that great chute effect.
We have used the board most days and there is evidence of chopping as there would be with any such plastic board but it does look and feel very sturdy and like it will last well compared to other plastic chopping boards I've owned. When in use, the non-slip feet work great on my gloss-top work surfaces.
The board is very easy to clean thoroughly and the lack of grooves or ridges on the main surface is pleasing as there is less chance of bits getting stuck there, and germs being harboured.
The only downside of this product really is the price. At around £15, this always needed to be a gift for me, I'd never have paid that much for a chopping board. That said, it is clearly a quality product and if it's in your price range then I would have to say, it's actually probably decent value for money.
Joseph Joseph is a small British company that make some funky-looking kitchen stuff. Most people won't be aware of them but if you know any of their products it will be this one - the Chop2pot Plus board.
It's basically a chopping board made of a thick plastic polymar. They come in several sizes and colours - the one that I have is lime green. The sizes are Standard (chopping area) 27 x 21 cm and Large (chopping area) 36 x 27 cm. Recommended retail prices are £13-50 and £16-50 respectively as at January 2014.
It has a hook for hanging it up when not in use and a series of rubberised strips on the back to stop it slipping around on your work surface when you're chopping things up. Knives and slippages are never a good combination.
So far so normal choppy board, but the unique thing about the Chop2pot Plus is the way that it's designed to lie flat while you're using it to chop food on but then the sides can fold up so that you can carry your chopped carrots, peppers or whatever to the pot with a much lesser chance of spilling them.
It works like this - the make of the board is deeply scored so that it can fold when required - they call this a 'living hinge'. When you're chopping there's a lump on the back of the board that forces that handle up and locks the board surface in the 'flat' position. I've read other reviewers say that they cannot get theirs to lay flat. All I can imagine is that they're not using it correctly because if you put any kind of pressure on the board at all (for example, chopping food on it) then it automatically flattens out brilliantly.
When you've done chopping and wish to carry your chopped up produce to the hob or just to pop them into another dish then just grab the handle. The natural squeezing motion of your hand around the handle (and no pressure at all is required other than that normally used when holding a handle) will automatically cause the sides of the board to lift up, a little like wings. This forms a kind of chute, forcing the chopped items into the middle and vastly reducing the chances of them falling off. It's an ingenious design and, while hardly life-changing, remarkable how quickly you get used to it and wonder why you 'struggled on' for years without one.
It feels very plasticky, which might put off anyone who likes the organic feel of wood or marble in a chopping board, and the surface does scratch up after a while. This is not a big problem though. They're just little surface scratches that you're bound to get on a chopping board. It's nothing to get worried about. It's dishwasher safe too.
I can't make my mind up if this is a nice-to-have kitchenware gadget or an immensely useful bit of kit that every home should have.
But I know one thing. I absolutely love it.
As part of the Joseph and Joseph range, you expect this chopping board to be both innovative in its design and also highly functional, unfortunately I found that this didn't really deliver.
I bought this item for £15 from my local kitchen shop, which seems to be a bit more than others have paid, probably because it was very new out when I got it. Several colours were available and I went with black, although I have to say that was a bad idea as the bends in the board, which I'll come to later, are only highlighted by that choice. The premise of this item is that you can chop your items on the board and then not have to perform some sort of magic to get them into the frying pan to stop from spilling them all over the hob. The board does live up to the bending promise but that's about as far as it goes.
My biggest gripe with this item is that after time the bending means that you can never have the board flat on a surface again, it's just not possible The sides curl up slightly and it causes an uneven surface, which isn't practical for chopping. It's also annoying for storage as it doesn't slot in nicely with other chopping boards... similar story with the dishwasher. I've also found that the material it's made of isn't especially resistant to knife marks and after a while really does look tatty.
In all, I think the idea is great and there's definitely room for it in my kitchen, but the execution is poor and I don't think it'll be much longer before my board snaps along one of the bend lines as it's becoming quite flimsy. Nice try Joseph and Joseph but it needs a bit more work!
I received this chopping board as a Christmas gift from my brother, as he knows I love cooking and the fitting of our new kitchen was a big deal for us last year so he acknowledged this with some lovely thoughtful kitchen related gifts. The chopping board is made by Joseph Joseph, and is a little different to other chopping boards in that it is designed to fold in at the sides, allowing you to easily transport whatever it is you've chopped into the pan without spilling it everywhere. Clever hey?
Joseph Joseph is a brand which tends to produce quite colourful and funky looking kitchenware, such as chopping boards and index chopping boards, in a range of bright colours such as red, lime green and so on. The one we received was the black one, which was well judged by my brother because he knows I'd hate anything tacky looking upsetting the balance in my perfectly matched kitchen! As it was a gift I'm unsure how much he paid for it, but they are currently retailing on Amazon between £6.50 and £12 depending on size and colour.
So, the idea of the board is that when you lay it flat, it allows you to chop food in the same way you would normally be able to, and when you're finished and want to transport the chopped items, you simply pick it up, squeeze the handle, and the sides fold in making a tunnel for your food to travel down. This minimises any spills and makes life a bit easier when trying to guide food into pans or dishes.
Although it's a bit of a novelty, it does actually work and I find I do spill less food and avoid the need to be chasing onions around the worktop or kitchen floor. The handle is soft grip, and you don't have to apply too much force to get the board to bend, so this makes it suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
The one we received is the smaller of the two sizes (38cm x 21cm x 1.5cm), and I do find that I have to transport food to its destination regularly rather than letting it build up, otherwise there's too much food on the board to allow it to be scooped up into the middle of the board when you squeeze the handle. For example, if I'm chopping onions, I tend to put each one in the pan once it's chopped, whereas on a normal chopping board I'd have tried chopping them all together and then risked transporting them in one go.
The downside of the chopping board is that it isn't always completely flat when you're trying to chop. It doesn't move around the worktop as it has non-slip feet, but the handle needs to be completely upright, otherwise the chopping board can start to fold in on itself whilst you're chopping, which isn't dangerous but a little irritating. I think this is easier to achieve once you've used it a few times, however, as it isn't so much of a problem now as it was when we first started using it.
Maintenance of the board is easy, as it's dishwasher safe so can be placed in the dishwasher without fear of damage. The material is "knife-friendly durable polyproplene" which is a little shiny and much more hygienic than either wooden or plastic chopping boards. The board does attract some knife marks, although I notice on the product description it says this is to be expected, so I think it's purely cosmetic rather than causing a breeding ground for germs like some of the plastic ones I've had. You can tell this because the knife marks are just little surface scores, rather than being deep into the chopping board.
Well, I never would have thought I would have so much to say about a chopping board! But these are really useful and make good gifts due to the novelty value. If you know someone who likes their kitchen gadgets, it's worth checking out the Joseph Joseph range, as they do offer some unusual kitchen items. I would definitely recommend these chopping boards, and I might even buy myself the larger one (48cm x 27cm x 1.5cm) with my next Amazon vouchers.
(Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
Why did I buy this?
Well, I was actually given this nifty little chopping board as a Christmas gift from my Mum. She had been in the process of buying a few kitchen accessories for my boyfriend and I's flat, as we don't have a whole lot yet. This was a great addition as we previously only had one small wooden chopping board, which had helpfully snapped in half due to me leaving it in water too often! At least I can't make that mistake with a plastic chopping board! I had previously heard of this brand and this particular chopping board, but due to the cost, I was never tempting to purchase before.
What's so special about it?
The great this about this chopping board, is it essentially has two rivets that run down the board, allowing you to bend the edges up, and pour whatever you've been chopping easily into your pans without it going everywhere and making a mess. I think this design is particularly unique and helpful, and I've certainly never seen anything remotely similar. The handle basically has an ergonomic design, which makes it extremely easy to grip, and when you squeeze it, it causes the sides of the board to bend upwards - so simple but effective! I know it might seem like a minor gripe to a lot of people, but sometimes I have real trouble with my ingredients sliding off the board and onto the hob, even when trying to use a cooking spoon to guide them. I have found that this board does get easily scratched up, even after the first use, but I suppose that's the nature of chopping boards! It's not meant to look perfect, it's meant to do the job. My Mum got me the black version of this board which looks very stylish (for a chopping board anyway!), we don't have any particular colour scheme in our kitchen, so I wouldn't have minded any of the other colours. The boards are available in a whole rainbow of colours so I'm sure there would be one to fit any taste. The Joseph Joseph website currently stocks the board in, deep purple, black, white, bright blue, red, pink, and lime green. They definitely have a modern appeal to them, and I think they would be a handy addition to any kitchen.
I would whole-heartedly recommend this board if you don't like any extra fuss or hassle when you are cooking. It's nice and easy to wash - my one concern would be the longevity of the board, as I know that germs can build up easily, and for the price of the chopping board, I wouldn't want to replace it too frequently.
Price and availability.
The regular sized version is currently priced at £13.00 on the Joseph Joseph website, with the large size costing £16.00. You can also find this chopping board on Amazon or at shops such as Lakeland, and House of Fraser. House of Fraser are currently selling the large purple version of this board for just £10.50.
It seems like these chopping boards are widely available, and I'm sure there are some bargains to be found if you are willing to shop around.
I'm sure I sound extremely boring reviewing a chopping board, but I think this one is a little different so it's worth mentioning!
Standard (chopping area) 27 x 21 cm.
Large (chopping area) 36 x 27 cm.
I find that the standard version provides ample chopping space, so I probably wouldn't be interested in the larger version.