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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving these, 31 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Flexible Cutting Mats (Set of 4) (Kitchen & Home)
This is a set of very thin, flexible chopping mats for use in the kitchen, colour coded for vegetables, poultry, other meat and fish. They can be put in the dishwasher, and are hard to mark with a knife.

There are basically two kinds of chopping boards -- the kind that are beautiful, and the kind that are functional. Massive hardwood boards look great on the sideboard, but you can't put them in the dishwasher, and they are hard to get really clean any other way. Plastic chopping boards of various kinds are usually quite thick, and sometimes patterned with a texture that is a little like wood. Although initially much easier to keep clean, they tend to scar, and so are just as likely as wooden ones to be holding food traces.

For this reason, commercial kitchens have been using colour-coded boards for a long time, so that the meat board is never used for vegetables, etc. Even so, once boards have begun to scar and refuse to get clean, they ought to be replaced.

These mats go one stage further -- recognising that you will never cut right the way through one, even with a scalpel, they are made thin and flexible. You can roll them up to store them, allowing the surface to be really quite big -- almost as big as an A3 sheet for these mats -- and you can flex them round things for the dishwasher. The surface is a lot harder than most of the plastic mats we've used, though not so hard that it blunts the knife. Nonetheless, they will scar eventually. At this cost-point, though, it shouldn't be too much of a wrench to dispose of them and replace them.

All in all, these are the most functional chopping mats or boards we've ever had, and we are no longer using the collection of other boards we had before.
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Initial post: 9 Sep 2012 17:12:33 BDT
jed says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2012 18:30:50 BDT
I have no association with the manufacturer or anyone who sells this product. We've had them now since I wrote the review, which is longer than any of our other boards. They work great, don't score that easily, and clean up perfectly in the dishwasher. My review was based on experience with this product and other products - especially wooden boards - in domestic and commercial environments.

As for the alleged natural disinfectant properties of wood - is this scientifically proven (by whom, when, where?) or just something you'd like to believe. I have to say I worked in the NHS for ten years and have never heard any clinical specialist touting the natural disinfectant properties of wood, nor have I ever seen wood being used in a sterile environment.

Posted on 11 Dec 2012 14:35:03 GMT
Polly Dock says:
i would like to know if these all these flexible mats are phthalate free? Until i get some info on this, i'll stick to wood.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2012 15:45:49 GMT
Perhaps Google might help you with this?
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