Category Archives: Kitchen organization

Are Maple Wood Cutting Boards Safe?

John Boos http://www.johnboos.com/index.html  the leader in wood cutting boards and butcher block tops just released a study from Dr. Ulrike Kleiner that found that YES they are safer than plastic cutting boards.

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I am always looking for the most natural and least wasteful products available that will function in the way I need them to function for a long time.  Think your grandmothers cast iron frying pan or dutch oven.   So this study was great news!  I love my wood cutting boards but have opted to use plastic in the past because of bacteria growth.

 

I am excited to say that my John Boos cutting board will now be getting a real work-out!

 

Interested in getting your own Boos Block cutting board contact us!

 

For those of you who like the technical stuff that makes my eyes glaze over after the first few paragraphs here are the links to the studies.

 

http://www.johnboos.com/news_single20.asp?s=c

 

http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/docliver/Research/cuttingboard.htm

You can have great spice storage

One of the top requests I get when planning a new kitchen is spice storage that is hidden and easy to get to. Filling this request comes in many flavors and requires thought on what works best for you and your space.

 

Most wanted is a pull-out built into a cabinet. There are 4 different options and they can be the most expensive solution for storage.

 

Op1A base cabinet works if it’s convenient to the main cooking area. It can be placed right next to a cooktop but not a range. (The heat from the oven will shorten the life of spices and oils.)  The top shelf is the easiest to reach. The bottom two will require bending or squatting.

 

2 A wall cabinet that sits on the counter allows you easy access to all shelves, but this style doesn’t work with all designs and uses counter space.

 

3In a regular wall cabinet the first two shelves are accessible but the uppers aren’t reached without a stool.

 

Tall A pantry pull-out is also useful because you can place many spices on one shelf (see top shelf) but this cabinet often can’t be placed near the cooking zone and may cause spices to get lost because of all the space.

 

Second most requested is drawer storage as it can be located conveniently next to the cooking zone.

 

DrawerThis style is great because it allows you to see the labels and is definitely accessible but bottle selection can be limited to certain sizes.

 

Drawer2This looks fantastic and is easy to access. But you have to know your spices or label the lids which will block the view of the beautiful colors.

 

WallThe wider door organizer makes this wall cabinet super functional. It allows for spices to be seen easily on the door, the shelves inside are shallow and adjustable, and it is great for taller oils and vinegars. The shallow depth of the shelves prevents items from getting lost in the back.

 

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My mom found these two options when I was growing up and still uses them to this day. They are simple and accessible.

 

Spices are a necessity in a kitchen and the flavors of storage are just as varied as spices themselves. These are not all the options available but I have found them the most popular over the years and they have the best reviews from past clients.