Chopping blocks go green

Test Kitchen

June 04, 2008|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,Sun reporter

These days we want to eat green, cook green and save green. So we went looking for cutting boards made of recyclable, renewable or sustainable materials that would stand up to many summers of vegetable chopping without breaking the bank.

We found three candidates to test for under $35 each. Two featured endorsements from celebrity chefs. Ming Tsai has lent his name to TruBamboo, a line of affordable boards made from bamboo, which is considered "renewable" because it replaces itself so rapidly. The Bobby Flay Acacia Cutting Board features acacia hardwood, described on the label as "durable" and "sustainable." We also tried a board made of recycled plastic from Recycline's Preserve Kitchen line.

The Bobby Flay Acacia Cutting Board by Food Network

16 by 13 inches$34.99; available at Kohl's

This was the most attractive board we tested, and it's worth buying if you're primarily going for looks (too bad Flay's initials have to be stamped so prominently on one side). It can definitely be used as a serving piece, but if we're going to pay twice as much as we did for the Preserve board, we want our beautiful board to stay that way. This one showed some knife marks after our chopping session. (Maybe we should have oiled this board for a week before using, too; the directions told us to do it once before we chopped.) It must be washed by hand.

Kate Shatzkin

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