Tovolo Flexible Cutting Mats (Set of 4)
We all have cutting boards of various sizes and materials … and sometimes we have and stick with one favorite … that large professional wood board is a favorite: looks like a mini-butcher’s block and weighs a ton! - as is that white polypropylene model that taught us that cutting boards could go into the dishwasher. But a few years ago, we started becoming accustomed to the convenience of those 4-color sets of cutting “mats” … they combined light weight, space-saving and easy cleanup, and those colors were supposed to remind you to use one color for one food group and another for another, to avoid cross-contamination ...and we found ourselves using them all the time: just grab one, use it, funnel the chopped ingredients into your bowl or pan, and throw it into the sink or dishwasher.
But the problem has been that, after a relatively short while when we’ve ignored the manufacturers’ “handwash only” admonition and put them in the dishwasher (after all, isn’t that the point of having “plastic” mats, so that you can sanitize them in the dishwasher?), they curled up and didn’t store flat anymore, and you couldn’t keep them flat on the countertop to do the chopping and slicing for which they were intended. So you tossed out that set (or some of it) and got another … and then it happened again, and again. OK, they’re cheap and replaceable and … but it’s still aggravating. Well, no longer! As confirmed fans of flexible cutting mats, we were always looking for a better example … and we’ve found it!
These super-sturdy cutting mats are thicker and heavier than most, and feature a non-slip side that stays in place on your countertop. But they are still flexible enough to provide the lightweight functionality to easily deliver your ingredients into your pan or bowl. Notably different too is the manufacturer’s explicit statement that these are dishwasher safe! And did we mention thickness? At 0.08”/2.11mm thick - compared to 0.06”/1.55mm for the last set we tossed out - this makes a noticeably significant positive difference to your cutting mat experience!
The large size is a generous 11.4”/29cm X 14.9”/37.8cm, providing enough space for almost any cutting job and the small size (which we reach for regularly) is 7"/18cm X 11"/28cm, which is the perfect size for those small quick cutting jobs.
Yes this is a basic kitchen tool, maybe even on the low end of basic … but these are obviously well-designed to deliver both the convenience of using and cleaning lightweight cutting mats, and a needed solution to the too-common problem of long-term curling, so you can retain the convenience of using cutting mats in your kitchen! This is a Cool Tool!
- 2 sizes
- 4 mats in each set
- Large: 11.4”/29cm X 14.9”/37.8cm
- Small: 7"/18cm X 11"/28cm
- Food-safe Polypropylene
- Dishwasher safe