Food preparation and chopping boards
Chopping boards may have one or more of the following features:
- Spikes (or studs) sticking up from the board which are used to secure food.
- small spikes close together tend to be for use for potatoes and carrots
- larger more spaced out spikes tend to be for larger food items such as a cabbage, bread or a joint of meat.
Some spikes can be removed for washing.
- A spread board, which is a right angled raised rim in one corner which can be used to keep a slice of bread in position while you spread butter, jam etc on it.
- A food collector, this consists of angled raised rims to guide the contents of the food when you transferring the boards contents to a pan / bowl /container.
- Colour contrast boards, and / or those with tactile markings may be useful if you have low vision (Scheiman, Scheiman and Whitaker, 2007), (RNIB, 2009).
- A pivot mounted detachable knife to aid chopping.
Food preparation boards
Food preparation boards (sometimes called food workstations) may have a combination of the above features but also usually include a flat or contoured clamp system
to stabilise food, bottles or tins. Some are large enough to hold kitchen equipment. (pictured below.)
Factors to consider before purchase:
- Will the board be used on a regular or occasional basis? If it will be used regularly choose a robust board.
- If you want the workstation to hold a specific item, for example a mixing bowl, ensure the clamp will open wide enough.
- Consider the ease of assembling and cleaning the board, especially if you only have use of one hand or reduced hand dexterity (Fasoli, 2008) for example:
- can you release the suction feet on the base to wash up the board?
- can you fit the removable studs back into the board?
- Is the board dishwasher safe? If not, can the grater section or the spikes section be cleaned easily in a washing up bowl?
- The weight of these food workstations varies considerably. Can you lift the board?
- If you want to grate a single food type like carrots or cheese, would a hand held grater be more practical?
- If you will mainly be slicing and chopping you may wish to consider hand held choppers and slicers .
- If you have difficulty spreading butter, jam etc you may wish to view bread spreading boards.
Advice last checked: 20 December 2013 Next check due: 20 December 2016
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