Our Place's New Cutting Board Is a Kitchen Staple Steal
Look deep into your heart of hearts, and answer me this: What's your aspirational kitchen piece? That one appliance you'd buy if you had limitless counter space, or that tool you'd upgrade to if it didn't feel too frivolous? For me, it's always been a wooden cutting board. Having owned countless crummy, plastic surfaces that eventually warp or absorb stains and smells, I've always been excited by the luxury of a sleek, well-made wooden surface to mise en place upon. Our Place's latest release has exactly what I needed.
The walnut cutting board from Our Place nails my three requirements for under $100: it's easy to clean, somehow even easier to store, and looks beautiful. Having dallied with more than my fair share of knives, pans, and dutch ovens from direct-to-consumer cookware brands, when Our Place –– whose rainbow-hued Always Pan you've definitely seen on Instagram, or maybe you've heard me wax poetic about –– announced that it would be rolling out a knife set and walnut cutting board, I knew I had to take a look. After my board arrived, I embarked on an afternoon of chopping onions, strawberries, radishes, and a few other pick-ups from a Saturday farmer's market haul.
To buy: Walnut Cutting Board, $95 at fromourplace.com
It's impossible to see a cutting board's true stripes until a few months in, which is why I won't dare to make claims–– yet ––about how well this board holds up in the long run. But black walnut is known to do a particularly solid job when it comes to camouflaging stains and standing up to knicks and chips, which is why it also tends to be on the pricier side. With Our Place's board, I love the subtle liquid trench (especially useful for berries and, soon, tomatoes) and appreciated how stable the surface felt while I chopped––no dangerous wiggling or spinning.
Speaking of chopping! Let's chat about the brand new knife set. As someone who uses a pencil in a non-traditional way (my grip can generously be described as a cross between vice-like and white-knuckling), there are several knives whose handles just don't feel comfortable in my hand. I jived with Our Place's paring knife in particular, whose thin, grooved grip––which feels luxurious and marble-like––was perfectly sized and easy to use for making quick work thinly sliced parsley leaves and anchovies for a late afternoon salad. And, of course, the handle shades are designed to mingle with the Always Pan; I opted for Blue Salt, a soft, not-so-common teal. You can bundle the knife set with the cutting board and save $35—a nice gift for a starter kitchen. The chef's knife, bread knife, and paring knife are also sold separately.
Will a new cutting board make cooking in your tiny, poorly ventilated apartment less of a slog this summer? If you're like me, warm weather recipes call for minimal stove and oven usage, and a whole lot of tearing, slicing, and dicing. Home cooks of all sorts will appreciate what this board brings to the table. Chop, chop!