“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chopping board „
While shopping at Tesco I picked up this chopping board for around £3 and our last one had seen better days and it needed replacing. Usually I go for wooden or glass chopping boards but as this one of the few they had available I decided I would give it a go.The chopping board is made of plastic which of course makes a hard surface to cut food up on. It is rather thick meaning it is durable and it is a good size so there is plenty of room to cut food up on which I definitely need with a family of 5 soon to be 6. The board is around 37 cm by 25 cm and is off white in colour it is almost like it is supposed to be transparent but not completely. There is a textured finish on both sides of the board so it has a grip on both the side it is sat on and a little grip to hold the food on the board while you are cutting. There is also a handle which is handy for when I am tipping the food of the board and also while I am washing the board I can hold it upright without it slipping while I clean both sides. It works well while I am chopping the food stays on the board easily and there is enough space to cut with ease. The board does not slip while you are trying to use it which I have found to be a problem in the past. You can chop on either side of the board which pro longs its life a little and is handy for when you are cutting different things as you can just swap the side over and continue. My main problem with this board is each time you use it as the board is made of plastic the knife leaves small indents on the board and although these are only tiny after you have used it a few times they multiply very quickly and after just a few weeks of use the whole board is covered in them meaning when you chop food up it becomes stuck in the small grooves which makes it hard to use but also I get worried that if I chop meat up on the board it will not be clean properly and mix with other foods when I cut them up. Not only does it worry me hygienically but also it does not look to great sitting on my side which lots of little slashes in it. I know that all chopping boards get cut marks in them but they just seem to appear a lot quicker and a lot deeper on this board compared to others I have used. I also found that when I cut tomatoes or such on the board it tends to stain very easily especially as the juices can become locked in the grooves of the board and this makes the cutting board look very old after only a few weeks of use. When you first buy the board it is very easy to wash some fairy liquid and water go a long way and it comes up as good as new it is dishwasher safe but I am not lucky to own one. As I mentioned the more use it gets the more difficult it becomes to clean as food gets stuck in the board and you need to make sure you wash it thorough. What I do like about this board is it is very light weight I find a lot of boards can be rather heavy and impractical to use but because of the material and size of the board this is easy to use wash and move around freely. Overall this is an ok chopping board but it does not last as long as it could because it becomes damaged very easily. It was practical for use but the time it can be used is rather short compared to other chopping boards I have owned and I personally prefer wooden ones that is why when I replaced this after a few weeks of use I brought a wooden one and it has already out lived the value plastic one from Tesco three times over.
When I first set up my first home many years ago my Grandmother, bless her, gave me a couple of tips. For example, one of them was you should always have a different chopping board for different types of food, hence why I have a board for bread, a board for chicken/meat, and a board for fruit and vegetables. That way you don't have to worry about cross contamination if you know which board is for which. I find wooden boards as best for bread as that way they don't get wet but they are not so great for raw meat or fruit and vegetables as this will often stain them. I have stained my lovely wooden chopping board with strawberries in the past so I won't be doing that again. I find a glass board is best for cutting and chopping meat and this plastic board from Tesco is great for chopping all fruits and vegetables. Like I've said above the board is made from a white plastic so it is quite tough and durable but it is not as heavy as a wooden board meaning its easy to pick up when you have chopped your ingredients and add them to your pan or dish. What also helps is that there is a handle in the board, its basically just a cut out little section but you can wrap your hand in it and so when you are lifting up the board you can lift it up with this hand and push the ingredients with the other. It's really simple and nothing ends up falling on the floor, well, that's the theory anyway. Its big enough that you can chop everything in one go and not have to do all your fruit and vegetables one at a time. I like the fact that if I chop up fruit and veg that is often juicy and has lots of water after you use it that you can just rinse it away and the board is not soaking up the moisture or staining. During the day I will generally just rinse off the board but then in the evening I will put it in the dishwasher to make sure it is really clean. It cleans well and it's never stained from red fruit such as strawberries or tomatoes. This is such a handy board and everyone should have a plastic one in their home. It costs less than a fiver from Tesco so at that price you can afford to get two, one for fruit and one for veg!
Over the years I have tried various styles of chopping board in the kitchen, I have tried wood, glass and plastic each with varying results. The one I am about to tell you about today is the Tesco All Purpose Large Chopping Board. I have no idea how much I paid for mine - it isn't the sort of thing that sticks in my mind to be honest! I have taken a look on the Tesco website and they currently cost £3.65 each which is a good price however you look at it. The chopping board itself is 37cm by 24.5cm by just 1cm deep so it is a good size for working on then. It is made from plain white plastic so it is looks smart and clean. There is a handle shaped hole in the plastic to make it easier to carry the chopping board around. I also find this handle really useful when I am washing the board too. I can stand it up on its end in the hot soapy water, holding it by the handle and that way I can really give it a good scrub on the rare occasions that it gets badly stained. Usually it just needs washing with the rest of the washing up and it comes up as good as new. It is also safe to put it into the dishwasher but I can't comment on this as, since there are only the two of us in our house, we don't need a dishwasher. I find my chopping board is really nice to use. It is easy to use, easy to clean and it is nice and light to move around. As both sides are equally useable I tend to use one side for meat and the other for vegetables etc. Well this is a short review but there really isn't any more to say about a chopping board apart from the fact that I would definitely recommend it!