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Apr 11, 2011 05:49 PM

Where do you put your cutting board?

Right now mine are in the gap between the deep freezer and the washing machine in my kitchen. That is, the cutting boards are upright from the floor in that space.
I'm wondering, what is the "normal" place people store their cutting boards? I've seen them on the wall facing the sink in a couple of homes. That wouldn't work for me since the sink is a very splashy place and I'd hit the faucet when taking the boards out. I wouldn't just let them sit on the counter because of space issues

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  1. I put it upright on the counter next to the wall close to the sink. It really does not matter, as long as you keep it in a clean place.

    1. "Main" cutting board lives on the counter right next to the stove. Two more between the microwave and wall; and flexible mat boards in the cupboard. One 'out of rotation' but still very good board has become a home for p pper mills, oils, etc until I find a good home for it with someone else who needs one. I like having my cutting board next to the stove, but I have never been able to use just one at a time!

      1. Hi villanelle and Chem,

        On a shelf 6" below my butcher block. Along with my scale.

        Edited to add: Hi knet - we were typing at the same time!


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        1. re: I used to know how to cook...

          I keep mine right on the counter next to the stove,ready to use.It weighs 22lbs and is 16"x24" so moving it around all the time is not an option(and it looks so purdy). :)

        2. Mine are on the counter leaning against the wall a couple of feet from the sink. I was wandering Bed, Bath, and Beyond once and found a stainless steel compact dish strainer, about 6" wide, that was on the clearance rack because the cutlery holder was missing. It's perfect for cutting boards because, while I towel them briefly after I wash them, there may still be a little dripping and the drainer lets air circulate.

          1. Hi, villanelle74:

            A better question is: "Why do we put up with cutting boards that are steps away from the hobs?"

            Having suffered in kitchens where the pull-outs are hither, thither and yon from the stove, and having stooped to pick up (note I'm not saying "tossing"! ;)) about 100,000 pieces of chopped vegetables, the only convenient place to be doing normal knife tasks is within a foot or two of whatever you're cooking in.

            In fact, if I could perfect a board that was stable enough on an articulated arm so I could just lift it and scoot the dice into the pan, I'd be a happy camper.


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            1. re: kaleokahu

              I like having mine near the sink. I have two veggie boards standing against the appliance garage on either side. The big one is held in place with a large cookie jar, that never has any cookies in it!

              The meat board is kept in the unit designed for cookie sheets and trays.

              1. re: sueatmo

                Hi, sueatmo:

                My pullouts are nearer the sink, too, darn it. I see the convenience of moving foods from washing to the board for cutting, but after they're chopped/minced/whatever (visualize sliced carrots and green onions rolling everywhere), what a hassle to boost them across the way to the stove! Guess I'd rather spill a little water at the front end than drop the food on the floor (and wash extra bowls).


                1. re: kaleokahu

                  My sink is close to the cooktop. The appliance garage is between, so my boards are in both places really. But if I had to choose, I'd choose the sink. I totally relate to chopped food rolling around and some landing on the floor!

                  I've tried, in someone else's kitchen, those cutting mats. In theory they would be great for moving food. You could pick them up and carry them, contents and all, to the cooktop or stove. But I wasn't impressed with them as being a good cutting surface.