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We got this as a housewarming present 3 years ago from the in-laws and I'm pretty sure it is the most used item in our kitchen. It takes up next to no space on the kitchen counter and the cover (brushed metallic effect) seems to very rarely need any cleaning at all.
Inside the cover, you get 4 chopping boards, each colour coded (red for raw meat, white for cooked foods, green for fruit and vegetables and blue for fish). If you aren't very hygiene conscious, there are even pictures on the tabs to let you know what board you should be using and help you keep the nasty germs from spreading! As these are made from plastic, they scratch very easily. That said, I don't think the scratches overly detract from the boards and they appear to have mostly kept their colours, despite being put in the dishwasher on a daily basis.
Our set also came with a matching set of four colour-coded knives, which are easily slotted into the top of the cover. These knives really are not the best, they were never that sharp and they have all become slightly rusted and stained from being in the dishwasher. That said, it is handy to have a specific knife for raw meat and another specific one for veg and never actually mixing them up and therefore reducing the risks of picking up some bug. It may take a few seconds longer to do the chopping with slightly blunt knives but it's always handy to have four extra knives hanging around when you are responsible for feeding a growing family.
Overall, I am very happy with this product and because of that, the in-laws went out and bought the same product again for themselves. As far as I know, this brand is available in all the major department stores including Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis.
We were given these chopping boards as a gift and what a brilliant addition they are to my kitchen. There are 4 small boards, each supposed to be for a different use - vegetables, meat, fish and cooked food, although I have to say I get some sad enjoyment from breaking those rules on occasion!
The boards are made from a hard wearing plastic, and whilst they do score on the odd occasion, they do not mark easily. No problems with putting them through the dishwasher either. We have had our set for 4 years now - and looking at them, you really wouldn't know it.
The one major upside & downside is the size. This set is great as it can sit unobtrusively on the side of any small kitchen and not clutter it up, BUT if you have a lot of veg prep to do, you will need to use 2 boards (and break those rules!)
Initially when you consider the price, i do think they are on the expensive side, but given that 4 years later we are still using and abusing them everyday, they are actually good value for money and the bright colours strike the right cord with me too as it does make you think about cross contamination.
With my dad loving to cook, he also loves buying new toys to play with in his kitchen. These chopping boards were one of his many purchases along with many other chopping boards.
They come in a metal slot with four chopping boards and matching knives to go with it. There is a vegetable board, meat board, fish board and a spare along with a knife to be used to each of these different types of food. They are easily stored into the slots with a label with a picture of each food item sticking out the top for easy access and to clearly show you which one you will need.
The knives have a black handle with a small coloured circle to match the colour of the board it goes with. They are slotted in the same way as the chopping boards. Though it is a good idea, I find the knives aren't sharp enough for some food product especially those such as onions so rarely use them.
The collection has quite a modern look so would only buy it this would match your kitchen, unless you're a lot less fussy than my family and don't mind about bit of a mixture.
I would recommend this product as its good storage and helps give your kitchen product a bit more order to them.
I stumbled across the Joseph Joseph range after buying a bowl set from them. The colours and funky designs lured me in and the next item I spotted was this chopping board set. Once again design ruled my brain over price and affordability and I ordered this set.
Price and availability:
There are a couple of different sets, a smaller one and a more extensive one. I spent £40 on the cheaper one from Amazon which included free delivery. I have also seen them for sale in John Lewis and House of Fraser.
The product itself looks great in my opinion. It is set up to be like a rectangular folder with dividers poking out of the top. Each divider is a different coloured plastic chopping board, with the edge of the divider being a picture showing what you should use each board for, E.G. fish, meat, bread. In the bigger set you get more dividers and in the smaller one less.
The chopping boards themselves are plastic and rectangular and about 0.5cm thick. They, like all other plastic chopping boards scratch relatively easily, so as soon as you buy them they no longer look brand new. I have had them over a year though now and they show no signs of needing replacing.
The chopping boards are really easy to wash. I either spray them with a disinfectant spray, or dunk them fully in my sink and wash them with hot water and washing up liquid, they always come up clean.
I love the look of these chopping boards and they are ones which you don't mind keeping out on your work surface, you don't feel like you have to hide them away. If you look at it purely as what they are, then yes they are expensive and over priced!
Another point to add is that these are hygienic. Separating boards for different types of food is a great idea and something that is easier to do when prompted, like these boards do for you.
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JosephJoseph merchandise seems to be everywhere these days and is often on offer somewhere so it's a good idea to take some time to look about and see where you can get the best deal. Amongst other places, you can buy this set of chopping boards in John Lewis, House of Fraser and Amazon.
As others have mentioned the product looks great on the counter - lovely colourful boards in a sturdy and high quality stainless steel appearance case (although apparently made of ABS plastic). The illustrations which mark the use of each board (meat, fish, veggies and heat proof mat) have a nice simple design, which looks v modern and chic.
As mentioned above, each of the individual boards has a different purpose - this is to avoid contamination between raw fish and meat and vegetables. There is also one board which is intended for heat protection, but I use this board as an additional vegetable preparation board. The boards are dishwasher safe and by using both the white and green boards for vegetables I find that there is always a suitable board clean, which is very handy!
The big let-down with this product is that the boards score very easily, as may be expected from plastic boards. I do have some concerns that germs may gather in the score marks, but have not found any ill effects yet! It would be fantastic if JosephJoseph provided "refill" boards so that you can replace the individual boards when they are past their best.
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Joseph Joseph Index Chopping Board
When my husband's mother asked me what I would like for Christmas I just mentioned maybe something for the kitchen, so I was delighted to find that she had bought us this Joseph Joseph Index chopping board as we really could have been done with a couple of extra chopping boards, I can never seem to find a clean one when I want it.
When I initially removed this from the box the first thing that I noticed was it is quite a sturdy product with a good weighty feel about it when it was all together, which is great because with a busy kitchen work top space I like things that won't just tumble over at the slightest knock. For your money you get a presentation stand (or container) which comes in a rather attractive silver plastic. Inside that there is four different chopping boards all colour coordinated and with little pictures on the index style tabs representing; raw meat (red), cooked food (white), vegetables (green) and fish (blue). When I first received these I was very pleased with the set, it looks great and it looks like a great space saving idea. However, after using them for a while I now unfortunately have some reservations about the index chopping boards and they haven't came in as handy as I initially thought that they would.
Firstly when I started using these I noticed how small they were. I have been up until that point been using glass chopping boards, some of which are also from the Joseph Joseph range. The glass chopping boards that I have been mostly using measure in at 40 x 30 centimetres, whereas the size of these index chopping boards come in at only 30 x 20 centimetres. Although this doesn't look like a drastic difference when written down it really does limit your working space, especially if you are trying to peel and chop quite a few different items or vegetables at once without having to move things around.
One of the main reasons in the past why I have tended to avoid plastic chopping boards (and wood ones) is that they can be cut into which means that these small scratches can be the breeding ground for numerous nasty bugs, which I would rather keep away from my food. These index chopping boards do unfortunately tend to mark very easily, on the board we use for bread you can clearly see the indents from the pizza cutter and I wouldn't say that I was particularly heavy handed. I do understand that this germ contamination is less of an issue with these boards because you don't ever need to use the raw meat one with cooked foods, but I still don't like it. I have chosen not to use these for chopping or cutting raw meat instead I use the red one for chopping up my cooked chicken. Again this is just a personal issue if a few scratches don't bother you then these boards are sturdy, they haven't bent or showed any sigh of other wear and tear. I have also used these to leave hot pots on when we are doing a help yourself family dinner and they have never been marked with the heat from the pot, something I was a bit concerned with but I have used them for this purpose on more than one occasion now.
I think these index chopping boards would be more suited to someone that didn't cook all that much. I love cooking and I have been trying my hand at more and more recipes of late and that always means more chopping, I don't think these boards add anything to my kitchen apart from yet another smart looking idea. However, these have been used quite a few times for presentation, putting pizza and nibbles out on these when we had some friends over. For this they look great with the colours and it is nice to not always put things straight into a bowl.
These are as easy to clean and maintain pretty much as any chopping board. They are dishwasher safe and personally I always prefer to wash my chopping boards in the dish washer whenever possible to give them a good clean. They have also retained their colour well so far and still look nice and vibrant. However, I also try and clean out the silver display and container unit on a regular basis, believing there is no point in putting clean chopping boards in a dirty container, this is a bit more of a pain to wash but I tend to just give it a good swoosh around in a hot basin of soapy water.
We got these as a present so I wasn't sure how much they were, thanks to the internet and a quick search later I was rather astounded to find that these typically retail for £42.00, of course if you are picking these up you can find them cheaper if you shop around. Personally, I think you are paying a lot for some of the novelty factor and a great idea that in my opinion just hasn't been entirely well executed. If they would do something similar with slightly larger more robust chopping boards then I will definitely be a repeat costumer.
Sadly, although I do like the look of these and they do come in handy and look nice in the kitchen I think for the price this really doesn't deliver the quality and practicality that I would want. I like these but I still use my larger glass board more often, I prefer the size and unlike the plastic boards the glass one doesn't get marked by using a sharp knife on it. Personally, I will be sticking with and buying more of the very good Joseph Joseph glass chopping boards. Therefore, this index chopping board is only going to get a poor two out of five stars from me. Again personally I wouldn't recommend these are they just aren't that hard wearing and I find myself only using them occasionally rather than being a staple of my kitchen. Overall, these look better than they function. As you might suspect from having read the review I would hesitate to recommend these to anyone else, but I have read some great reviews of this Joseph Joseph Index chopping board so it might just come down to not being my personal taste.
We have quite an array of chopping boards stashed away in our kitchen cupboards, each varying in size, material and bought for a different purpose. I've always been quite wary of hygiene in the kitchen and particularly of mixing raw meat or chicken with vegetables and as such always make a conscious effort to use separate boards for these. I also have a couple of close friends and extended family members who are vegetarian and always try to keep one chopping board (and a set of utensils and pans) exclusively for chopping vegetables. However I am not the only member in my household and can't be certain that other stick to the same rules!
I'd had many of these boards for quite a while now. They'd been well used and were looking a little worse for wear so I'd been thinking about replacing them when I spotted the Joseph Joseph range of chopping boards in my local Costco a couple of months ago. I had originally seen these in John Lewis prices at around the £35 mark and whilst the design was an ideal solution to both my problems the price seemed a little steep to me. The Costco price was much more reasonable at £21 for the set so I purchased one and threw my old boards out.
The boards come as a set of 4 with a silver coloured stand to slot them into so that they can be stored away easily. Each board is a different colour depending on what it is to be used for and has a tab in the top left hand corner with a picture depicting this. There is a green one for chopping fruit and vegetables and the tab has a picture of a carrot embossed onto it. There is also a blue one for fish (with a fish embossed), a red one for meat (with a lamb chop picture) and a white one to be used as a heat resistant mat for hot dishes (with a picture of a steaming hot bowl).
Each boards is an A4 size (not including the tab) and made out of polypropylene. When stored in the stand the boards resemble a set of files in a filing cabinet and the tab makes them easy to access when in the stand. The design has saved a lot of room in our kitchen. The boards are no longer stored in the cupboard but take pride of place on out kitchen worktop without taking up too much room. They look quite unusual and extremely stylish and I think they would compliment any kitchen regardless of décor or colour scheme.
We've been using these boards for a couple of months now and are quite pleased with them. They are functional, practical and easy to wash after use. They are dishwasher safe, but we don't have one (an electrical one that is - I don't count!). They do mark quite easily, but no more so than any other board I've used made out of the same material. At least they look well used! When chopping I have found them to be quite stable and not move around. My only slight gripe is that at an A4 size they are a little on the small side so that if I am cooking a large meal I have to chop vegetables or meat in small batches. It's not a major problem for me but it's worth pointing out as there are larger boards available in the same range but at a higher price.
Overall I think these are a great, stylish addition to our kitchen. They've freed up clutter in our cupboards but also quite importantly I think makes us think about food hygiene when cooking in the kitchen.
I got these as a Christmas present to brighten up the kitchen in my new flat - and they certainly do that! As well as looking great, they also provide an easy way to help you prevent cross contamination in your kitchen by colour coding your chopping boards for vegetables, raw meat, fish, and cooked items. Not only are they colour coded, but they have small pictures on the tabs so you can't possibly forget.
The boards are good quality and durable, even standing up to my clumsy partner's use, and they are easy to store coming with a nice silver case.
The one down side to these board is that they do scratch easily - although they are clearly designed for use with knives (they are chopping boards after all) I have found that the vegetable board in particular now looks terrible - however when stored you can only see the board tabs so it doesn't really matter from this perspective, and the boards are still perfectly usable.
I would recommend if you like a nice tidy kitchen with bright accessories - joseph joseph do a whole range of kitcheware which is now on my shopping list!
When i moved into my new house i needed absolutely everything so i went on a mad shopping spree buying things. Chopping boards were never exactly high on my must have lists, I knew I needed one but I had never given much thought about it until I laid eyes on the Joseph Joseph chopping board set and knew I had to have them.
Joseph Joseph are a kitchenware design company specializing in modern design led products that are innovative but at the same time they are practical products for use in any kitchen. The chopping boards are called index and they are a set of 4 different coloured chopping boards all contained in a silver storage case.
They are designed to reduce the risk from food poisoning from cross contamination of foods. Each board is colour coded in a different colour to represent different types of food. There is green for vegetables, blue for fish, white for cooked food and red for raw meat. They also have tabs so that when they are in their storage case the coloured tabs stick out of the top so you know what board it is you need. They are made from plastic and are dishwasher safe.
They look absolutely stunning on the work top and really have the wow factor, there has not been anyone who has come into my kitchen and not commented on them so as I bought them for how they look this automatically means they did the job i got them for. For anyone else who is not so style over substance then these boards come with a multitude of problems and are not practical in the slightest.
I actually did try to use them but after the first time I gave in and bought myself a cheap heavy slate one from tesco because they are useless. To begin with they are too light and trying to chop anything was a complete chore because the board would slide and slip all over the work top and after using it only once it looked as though it had gone ten rounds with a machete with massive cuts and marks all over the board. The size is also not great as they are quite small and while this maybe ok for someone only cooking for one for anyone cooking for a family or friends then food would be all over the worktop as there is not enough room on them.
They really do look great but im now using them solely for decoration as they just don't do the job that they are supposed to and for the 40 pounds I paid for them in the shop I feel as if I should have been able to use them for their given purpose instead of just admiring the design of them.