MIU Flexible Cutting Board, Set of 5
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2006
These flexible cutting boards do exactly what I purchased them to do.

1. eliminate cross contamination by making it easier to keep the meat off the vegetable board.

2. keep me from scarring my counter or wooden board.

3. make it easy to transfer cut food directly into the pan without getting my dough blade dirty (I used to use this to move chopped items from the cutting board into the pan or bowl).

These boards are reasonably thin, which is why they are flexible. I have had two sets for approximately 5 months and will be replacing them soon because they are starting to show significant scarring which I am concerned is accumulating dirt. For those that aren't as obsessive compulsive the boards would probably last twice as long. My wear patterns are from extreme use. I cook everyday and usually for all meals for my family. Since we began concentrating on eating more fruits and vegetables, these boards have gotten a serious workout and have held up better than the other flexible boards that I have tried.

I use these so often that they never make it into the dishwasher. They are easy to wash by hand, and I like to soak them in a weak bleach solution (10%) every day just to be certain they are clean. I wasn't certain these would hold up to the daily bleaching, but they have.

My only complaint is that these slide around a little on the counter. I have found that if you place them on top of a wooden cutting board they do not move around so much. It also works if you place a silicone pastry mat (Silpat) or a couple of silicone potholders under the mat.

I highly recommend these to anyone that is concerned with cross contamination.
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281 of 301 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2004
I thought these would be much more flexible than they are. We do use them regularly, but they are not nearly so pliable as just picking up and easily curling them to create a funnel for your food. They have a tendancy to snap back, and I wouldn't dare store them rubber-banded up as they would never go flat again. Indeed, our biggest complaint with these is that they just require too much effort to bend one way or another - be it rolled up for moving items to the pan or flat on the counter for chopping.

And don't even think about putting them in the dishwasher, even on the gentle cycle, regardless of what the description says! They get even more brittle in the dishwasher and lose what little flexibility they have.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't buy them again.
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189 of 206 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2005
Though these claim to be dishwasher safe, i can say that they are not. After one trip to the dishwasher these have curled so badly that they have become useless. To use these right now i have to put weights in all four corners of the board, and if i try to pick them up, they snap to curl shape so fast whatever rememnants are on the board fly into the air. Avoid these.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I really like the color coding on these mats. They also store easily (do not roll them, just tuck them behind an appliance such as your toaster) and clean up easily. They will definately protect your countertops from nicks and scratches. I often take mine out to cut a bagel or a piece of fruit, then lift it to prevent crumbs or food particles from falling on the countertop/floors and easily rinse them off in the sink. If you cannot afford a good set of wood cutting boards this set will definately do the job. I do not use these too often for meats since I prefer wooden grooved cutting boards, but they will work for that (although juices may run onto your countertops) but these are used multiple times a day in my household for at least the last 6-9 months and are just now needing to be replaced due to a couple of cuts through the mat. They will get a bit stiffer/brittle when washed in the dishwasher so I would not recommend it, but it can be done. What a fantastic invention!
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2005
For the price these cannot be beat. I use these types of "cutting boards" to protect my nice wooden cutting board from bacteria when preparing meats. I have used several brands and they are all pretty similar, none of them last a long time. I wouldn't honestly recomend them for use on a countertop without something else underneath them.

All of this type of cutting board will curl with use, even more if you put them in the dishwasher. Some more than others though. If you buy the $10 version you might get better results, but when you consider you get 3 of these for $5, its hardly worth buying the more expensive version. Especially when you consider that even the best ones are only going to last a short while with regular use.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2006
I use one of these on top of a heavy synthetic or wooden cutting board when I wanted to avoid cross contamination when working with the likes of raw meats or seafood. I order two or three sets of these at a time, and with heavy use, I find they last about six months or so. A regular home cook could probably keep them for a year or more with frequent use.

They really can't go into a dishwasher; instead fill your sink with warm, soapy water and a small dash of bleach. These do not last over the long term, and very sharp knives will cut through them eventually. They're way too thin to use on a countertop, if you ask me. However, they're very useful for using atop another cutting board to keep it clean/free of bacteria.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I got these when they were on sale for $4.99, and at that price, I am satisifed with the product. They are a little thinner than my prior plastic cutting mats, and I don't expect these will last as long. I use the plastic mats over a wooden cutting board which provides cushioning to the plastic & the knives.

These mats are not particularly flexible, and flexability would be helpful to funnel chopped chopped vegetables into a pan.

At their current $8.99 price, I would suggest buying a better, cheaper product at Ikea if you have one close.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2010
These work as advertised - however you obviously should understand you what you are buying...

Thin sheets made out of a polymer (HDPE in this case):
- are eventually worn out / cut through by sharp items such as knives
- tend [to varying degrees] to warp buckle over time, especially when exposed to heat [think dishwasher]
- Note that it is possible to re-flatten warped pieces of thin hdpe (eg these boards) by stacking them flat under something flat and heavy (like a stack of books) and leaving them for a day or two. This simply stretches back out whichever area's have experienced shrinkage.

Compared to the several sets of hdpe boards I've had from local stores over the last few years, these seem as good or better.
- slightly thicker, but I don't notice any additional warping over the thin variety when dishwashing.
- should be a little more durable due to the thickness

I do dishwash these things - the easy of dirtying several and throwing them in the dishwasher is the only reason we use them - otherwise I would just use the wooden chopping block and hand-wash it.

These are flexible enough to funnel, although I use a baker's spatula / dough scraper to scoop & dump chopped items, unlike funneling this get's everything, even wet ingredients.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2005
I agree with many of the reviewers in that these warp, bend & curl too easiy. And I didn't even stick them in the dishwasher. They look and behave like an ordinary plastic sheet. I don't like that they slide all over the place when in use. And I also don't like that they don't bend easily to 'funnel'/transfer your chopped up bits into a pot/plate/etc. One star for the relatively reasonable price and another for easy storage.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2010
I'm an old southern cook and have always used cutting boards of wood. Some handed down from my Mom. I used a plastic that had circles for my pie crust to roll out, and loved it. I saw these and thought they might not stand up to my sharp knives.
I was Wrong! These bargain flexible cutting boards are made of thick quality silicone, and I've been using them everyday. It's so nice to finish chopping, gather the edges, make a loose funnel, and slide them into my bowl or pan on the stove. The size fits in my sink of hot soapy dishwater, and air dries, looking good as new. I bought two sets, and use matching colors for place-mats on my dining table. They wipe clean easily, and are pretty behind my white china. My grand-daughter used the white one with her washable markers and made me a pretty picture, keeping her busy while I made her favorite cake. I can't do any of this with my old boards, and no more disinfecting or seasoning after I use it. Let old dogs learn new tricks, and find out for yourself!
lajammer
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