Even the best food could use a dash of ones and zeros. Geek out with us as we explore the intersection of food and technology this month.
Choosing the right cutting board typically comes down to material: wood, plastic or bamboo. But this kitchen staple you use basically any time you cook can be so much more than just a surface. We're talking storage units, portable funnels and iPad stands, for starters. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of clever cutting boards. Here are seven you wish you had in your kitchen.Photo: Amazon Photo: Amazon
This board expands with a tray on one side and a colander on the other. Both extensions are removable, so you can sweep food into the pop-out colander portion, detach it and run it directly under water. The colander then folds back into the tray for storage. It's brilliant for a tiny kitchen. ($17.91 on Amazon)Photo: Amazon
Like the prior two boards, this one includes a tray to collect chopped food or scraps. Here, the detachable storage bin hangs over the counter's edge, making clean up real easy. ($22.99 on Amazon)Photo: Bed Bath & Beyond
This nimble plastic board folds down the middle, letting you pick it up and pour ingredients through a narrow funnel into a pot or pan. ($15.99 in stores at Bed Bath and Beyond)Photo: Amazon
This one not only serves as a stand for your iPad, but it also contains a stylus, so you can keep your tablet free of sticky fingers. Plus, the board has storage space for knives. ($29.86 on Amazon)Photo: Amazon
Want to make sure your dices are perfect? This board is full of grids and measurements, ensuring your macédoine and julienne vegetables are just the right size. They don't call it "obsessive" for nothing. ($23.63 on Amazon)Photo: Kickstarter
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, this board should hit the market soon. The "Swiss army knife" of cutting boards contains two four-ounce measuring cups, a juicer, knife storage, a pull-out cheese grater and a detachable scrap drawer. Take it on a picnic and have everything you need all in one place. (Preorder it for $149 here.)
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