Cooking, like math, is a game of precision. Sure, there are plenty of Crock Pot dishes that don’t require finesse. But for the more ambitious home cook trying a complex recipe there’s likely going to be some mise en place involved.
This cutting board, from Netherlands-based design group The Usuals, is a cheat sheet for divining the difference between chopped and minced vegetables. The Finer Slicing cutting board, as it’s called, has laser-printed etchings that make for foolproof chopping: radiating circles in the center outline where to slice tomatoes, onions, melons--anything round, really--and grids in the corner instruct on how to dice carrots and the like into perfect centimeter pieces.
There’s also a hidden environmental agenda behind honing those knife skills: a study last fall showed that Americans throw away 40% of the food supply. Much of this has to do with poor understanding of expiration dates, but that doesn’t mean that proper cutting can’t help. It means less of a vegetable could get tossed after a hackneyed dicing job, and after finely peeling that carrot or onion, the leftovers could go into making a stock.
Shop The Usuals, here.