The more time I spend in the kitchen with Liz, the more I appreciate the difference quality kit can make to cooking. And more importantly, eating what you’ve cooked. You don’t have to spend an enormous amount if you shop around. But it’s definitely worthwhile if you want to create better food more easily. For instance, this Joseph Joseph Bamboo Wood Index Chopping Board Set. It’s available direct from them, for £70.
Now, you can pick up a pack of plastic boards for £5 from a supermarket, or an oak carving board from somewhere like Tesco for £25. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But buying three of them, and you’re suddenly looking at £75. And with cheap plastic ones, you’ll end up with them scratched pretty quickly. I’ve always found that they start retaining bits of food fairly soon, and that’s never a good thing. The Joseph Joseph ones look like they’ll work a lot better, and have been around for 10 years, but the holder does make them look a little like office filing. And I see enough of that when I’m working.
So £70 doesn’t seem so bad for three bamboo boards. Plus the holder. And I really like the fact it has a tab on each board for the food type – raw meat, cooked food or veggies. Even with colour-coded plastic examples, I always forget which board is meant to be used for which food type. It’s easy to forget if red was for raw or cooked meat? Tough, nautral bamboo just looks and feels way better. Give me a nice chopping board and a reasonably decent knife and suddely I feel like a chef. Which means I actually take a bit more time and effort to chop things properly.
And the metal stand is a nice touch. It’s got non-slip feet and means I’m not desperately trying to wedge multiple boards into a kitchen drawer. Or demolishing the cupboard trying to get the things back out. It means the bamboo chopping boards are actually close at hand, and easy to grab midway through cooking. Plus they aren’t taking up a mass of space which could be better used for other things. The more I think about it, the more the Joseph Joseph Bamboo Wood Index Chopping Board Set actually sounds like a bargain.
Plus the brand was set up by twin brothers Antony and Richard in the UK back in 2003. So it’s nice to support a business from the UK. Obviously Liz already knew all about their range and recommended them, but I’m still learning which brands to look out for. So I’m now starting to build my wishlist for kitchen cookware for 2018, and the Joseph Joseph Bamboo Wood Index Chopping Board Set is at the top of the list so far.