(WSYR-TV) — If your cutting boards and kitchen knives have seen better days, listen up! Consumer Reports’ latest tests reveal affordable improvements to make meal prep and cleanup quick and easy.
A Consumer Reports editor is also a trained chef, which is why his kitchen was recently transformed into a CR Outside the Labs testing site to evaluate cutting boards, chef’s knives and knife sharpeners.
Two of CR’s recommended 8-inch chef’s knives – the JA Henckels and the Global G-2 – were used to try out several different styles of knife sharpeners: manual, electric, whetstones, and a contraceptive from Wasabi Knives
Setting up the Wasabi sharpening system was extremely difficult; the diagram did not match what came with it. If you don’t like assembling Ikea furniture, you’re not going to like using this sharpener.
The Chef’s Choice Model 15XV Professional 3-Stage Electric Knife Sharpener skips the setup altogether. It’s easy to use and sharpens knives quickly, but it’s pricey at $180.
A more economical option is the Chef’s Choice Model 4643 Angle Select Professional Manual Knife Sharpener for $60, which also offers impressive sharpening.
Next, a variety of herbs and vegetables were sliced and diced on teak, maple, bamboo and plastic cutting boards.
The Original Gorilla Grip Cutting Board, $25 for a set of three, was a top pick. They are sturdy, easy to cut and dishwasher safe.
If you want to splurge, the Teakhaus Traditional Edge Grain Professional Cutting Board for $100 will likely last you a lifetime. But its size made it difficult to clean and transport.
A good alternative is the John Boos 16-inch Maple Edge Grain Chop-N-Slice Reversible Cutting Board for $44. It’s small enough to be easily moved but heavy enough to stay put on your counter.
Plastic cutting boards can usually go straight to the dishwasher for cleaning, but not wooden ones. For tips on how to take care of them, watch the video below: