I have described my kitchen on this blog, but I think it was a long time ago. I want to make French Onion Soup, and I have less than a square foot of counter space to cut the onions. My kitchen includes an enormous pantry, which sight made me very happy at the time I moved in, but all I have done is buy more canned goods and pushed the old ones back — so wasteful. The pantry is not accessible for counter space, sadly. I have a 3/4 width stove, and I’ve never used two of the burners. And I have an apartment-sized microwave that looks like a bank vault on my one free counter. Today, I decided to do something about all this.
I worked at the hardware store from 8-10 today, and afterwards, I went back into the housewares section of the store and looked at cutting boards. I didn’t see any made of silicon, (I don’t know if they exist,) but that was what I wanted, because I am going to lay the cutting board on the stove top, which gives me 15″ x 21″ of new cutting space. I didn’t want to buy one in a kitchen supply type place, because I get a great discount at the hardware store.
I asked one of the supervisors to see if Ace even carried a cutting board made of silicon. They don’t — she printed me the information for a polypropylene board, but if I were to use anything that is combustible/melt-able, it would be wood, not plastic.
There it was: a butcher block cutting board in the size I wanted. Actually, I bought a pastry board, but the name makes no difference. And whereas the retail price was a whopping $25.00USD, with my discount the board came in at $14.00USD, so I feel like that was a relatively inexpensive investment that will more than pay for itself the first time I use it.
Absolutely no big deal, but I felt so proud — I thought of it myself, I solved a problem I’ve had for a loooooooong time, and I got it done, all on the same day. For me, that is quite an achievement. I think I’ll go make some soup.