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I bought this pack of two Dralla chopping boards from Ikea after seeing them on a promotion stand by the tills. I wasn't actually looking for a chopping board but at £1.40 for a pack of two I bought them as I like to replace my chopping boards on a regular basis for hygiene. I had actually forgotten I had bought them until I was looking for something else in the kitchen cupboard and at this time I was due for a change so I gave them a wash in hot soapy water and started to use them.
These chopping board came in a pack of two and mine are actually red and green so are quite modern looking. They measure 37cm x 29xm so are suitable for most kitchen uses and are just 2cm thick so they are thinner than most of the others I have used however they are quite strong. The surface is smooth and the edges are very slightly rounded and they don't have a cut out section and are just one solid piece. As there are two different colours I use the red one just for meat and the green one for everything else and as the colours are so different it is easy to remember which one is for which purpose.
These are not actually dishwasher safe but I probably wouldn't put it in there really as I find it is easy to clean and often just need a wipe over with a piece of kitchen roll if I have cut bread or salad. Obviously I am a bit more particular with the red one as this is used for meat and I will always give this a good scrub in a bowl of hot soapy water. I find that they dry very quickly on the drainer but if I need one straight away it just needs a quick wipe with a tea towel.
The thing which makes these chopping boards stand out from the rest is that they are flexible so it is easy to bend the corners to make a sort of funnel which is great to tip any waste into the bin as opposed to bits falling off the ends which overhang your bin. As soon as you release the corners it springs back into shape and lies flat again.
I have been using these chopping boards for several months now and they don't appear to have any scratches or marks on them. I think that due to their strong colours they will probably look better for longer but you do need to make sure that you clean them well as you may not be able to notice marks on them as you would with a white board. At £1.40 these are a great addition to my kitchen and at that price they are easily replaceable
Whenever I visit Ikea, I always end up coming away with items that I had intention of purchasing and on my last visit, I spotted this and as my chopping board was looking a little tired, I ended up purchasing.
A pack of two chopping boards retails for £1.40, although I think I paid a little less than this as it was a while ago. The wasn't any colour choice when I purchased and when I look online, this still seems to be the case, you simply get one line green and one red board. The boards are unique to Ikea but they are only available in store and not online, you can however check stock at you local store so at least you wont have a wasted journey if you were going just to buy these.
The boards is made from flexible polyethylene plastic and measure approximately 37cm x 29cm x 2mm so they really are quite thin and flexible. They are easy to pick up and manoeuvre around the kitchen, and because they are quite thin, they take up very little space in my kitchen cupboard.
The main thing I like about the chopping boards is that they are flexible which means when transferring my food from the chopping board into the pan, I just fold two ends of the board up, tip and then the items I have been chopping end up in the pan and not on the floor, worktop etc, (which is what always happened before, regardless of how careful I was).
It is worth noting that the boards are not dishwasher safe which I do find a bit of a pain, it also concerns me because especially if I am cutting meat on my board, I do like want to make sure is has been cleaned properly. Having said that, my other half is a chef so he has adapted a colour scheme to say what should be chopped on what board and we just use the green one for vegetables, fruit etc and the red one for meat.
Since purchasing, I have also brought another pack for my daughter, she uses on the boards when playing with her Play-Doh, I find it gives my tables a little bit of extra protection when she is rolling or cutting.
Because the boards are made from quite flexible plastic, I do find that they get marked quite easy, especially when compared to a wooden or glass board, but I wouldn't say any more than other plastic boards I have owned. Plus, I don't leave these out on display so I am not too concerned about this aspect.
Overall, for the price, I really recommend these but because they cannot be put into the dishwasher, I would give these 4 out of 5 stars
Thanks for reading.
Anyone that has ever read some of my past reviews may now know that I tend to do a few things in the kitchen, cooking that is, as that is what is supposed to happen in a kitchen, although other things do happen of course, which I won't go into here as what a person does in the privacy of their own kitchens is entirely up to them.
Anyway, when I'm cooking in the kitchen I like to have the right things around me so that I can do the job in a quick and safe manner.
So, as anyone who does a bit of cooking tends to realise that, the art of an easy life in the kitchen is all in the preparation because if you've got everything there ready ot be used then you can concentrate on the cooking itself.
That where one of the most used items in that preparation stage comes into its own... I mean, what is one of the most used items in the preparation stage? Well, it's used more than a chefs knife? More than a potato peeler in fact? Even more than a bottle of sherry taken as sips during the cooking stages... the thing that is possibly used most in the preparation of food before cooking has to be the good old fashioned chopping board.
But what chopping board is best..?
This is the tricky question. The one that is on par with what came first... the shoes or the handbag? The chicken or the burger? Or even the satnav of the lost world of despair? As there are just so many chopping boards on offer these days, made from all sorts of material, from bamboo to glass, tiles to plastic and probably even some form of leather for those that are into all things leather.
Well, allow me to give you a bit of an idea about the chopping board saga.
Let's look at glass ones. These are the most hygienic as they can handle the cut of the knife without leaving little slices which can collect germs inside. Only the glass boards are not very sharp knife friendly as they do blunt the blade on every touch.
So you have to choose of hygiene and sharp knives.
This leads us to the bamboo boards, or wooden boards, which are gentler on the blades edge but can collect germs inside the scratches that the knife creates, with the deeper ones being the worst to keep clean.
Again, it's a choice of a sharp blade or a little less hygiene?
Which leaves us with the plastic boards which are probably 50/50 when it comes to hygiene and blade sharpness, although it does swing more towards blade friendly if you get a decent board as these boards can take a bit of hassle from the sharpest of blades.
And it is one of the plastic sets of boards that I am going to tell you about here, one which is up in the higher range of boards, although not first in the list when it comes to reading the 'best chopping board magazine' if I'm honest, unless you count the price tag in with the capabilities.
This chopping board is a little more than your normal chopping board, it also helps you get your chopped food stuff into the exact place you want it too without your diced onions falling all over the place as you try and scrape them into a pan.
What is this chopping board then?
It is in fact a thinner than usual chopping board from a well know Swedish company with a four letter name... than name being Fred, no... I mean, that name being Ikea. With this chopping board being the Ikea bendable chopping board, AKA, (no, IKEA), flexible chopping board.
* What does this flexible chopping board look like..?
It is about the size of a chopping board, well, the size of one that is about this size anyway, as there are several different size boards, and also different shapes as well, this board is about 370mm long by about 290mm wide.
The difference with this board is that it is a lot thinner than any other chopping board, being no more than 3mm in thickness, which allows it to be so flexible yet strong enough to take a few chops.
These boards come in a few different colours, red and green, maybe or white... with each board having a different chopping purpose in the kitchen.
Red for raw meat
White for cooked meat
Green for vegetables
The idea is so that there is not cross contamination if you don't manage to clean the bacteria from the raw meat red board and decide to chop a carrot on it for you children to nibble on before dinner. There's nothing worse than seeing your children with a bout of food poisoning, erupting from both ends with absolutely no control over their actions what so ever. One messy day that was and that's why I do most of the cooking in my house these days.. It wasn't the wife's fault, it's easily done, if you're rushing about and being harassed by kids and a dog that thinks he's a bit of a hard nut at the moment... it's a stage, he does this sort of thing, only stopping when the Chihuahua up the road barks at him and puts him in his place...
Anyway, and for the record, there are other coloured boards, such as blue, grey, yellow and others, but these are then main colours for most household kitchens.
* What's so special about this chopping board then..?
Well, apart from the price, which I'll tell you about later as you probably won't believe me anyway, is that this board more or less folds in half, almost. Or, to be more technical, it flexes into a sort of curved fashion which then acts as a sort of scoop so you can push everything on the board into a pan or, if it's scraps, into the recycling bin.
* If it's so thin then will a knife chop through it..?
Simple answer really.
Or, be more precise, the weave of the thermoplastic polymor which, combined with the hydrocarbon chains and the crystalline saviour of the molecular composition gives the dichloromethane toluene a solid feel akin to glass whilst the hydrocarbons combined with the xylene give the impression of versatility and malleability.
Now that sounds straight forward doesn't it...???
(Caution... Some words there may have been made up. But they don't half sound the part don't they?)
In other words. The board may be only be less than 3mm thick but due to the material it is made of, a certain special plastic, which I have no idea what it's real name is, make this one thin yet tough enough to take a heavy weighted slice of a freshly sharpened chef's knife.
Plus, even when you bend this board into the curved position, it still doesn't create any damage to the board, like cracking.
* What about cleaning..?
I tend to clean this just like I would any other board, using soapy water and a bit of elbow grease, (which can be bought from Asda for a couple of quid..!).
If I've just cut something not 'sloppy' on the board, such as a bit of lettuce, maybe even some fruit, then I do tend to give this wipe down with one of those 'special wipes' that you can get from most supermarkets these days. The ones which kill 99.9% of bacteria, (and it's that 0.01% that will always make you feel like you've been run over by a tractor driven by a puffy eyed farmer named Elgin).
But, as always, if I've used this for prepping raw meat then it's a matter of a good soak, scrub, soak, scrub and dry, making sure that I've got into all the small nooks and crannies that my knife has created along the way.
They are NOT dishwasher proof so they have to be hand washed, but this does tend to clean them better in my opinion.
* Why do I like this one..?
It's not my favourite chopping board in my kitchen. That honour goes to my bamboo one which has a tv program embedded onto it, (although I did not get it because of the logo, I bought that one as, when I was on the hunt for a wooden chopping board it was the one that my eyes went straight to).
But anyway, as I said, this one is not my favourite but it is certain used quite often when I'm chopping away at such things as carrot, swede, spud... you get the picture.
I tend to get this one out when I have a lot of veg chopping to do as I can get the chopped product into a pan or bowl in the blink of an eye, sort of, which saves me doing the old 'scope and throw' method of transference.
To be honest though, when I first looked at it I thought that my chef's knife would just slice right through it, with my knife being as sharp as my wife's tongue whilst the board looked as thin as my wallet at the beginning of the month.
But this board is a bit deceptive, in a way, as the thinness, or slimness, just makes this lightweight, flexible and very versatile without making it weak in any way.
Apart from the fact that this one can take a sharp blade without falling apart the other great thing about this is the way that it can bend, almost in half, in order for you to make a sort of semi-tubular shape so that what ever is on the board goes exactly where you want it to go and not all over the floor.
* And the price of this chopping board..?
This board sells in the Ikea store for a matter of a few quid, four pounds at the most. And for that you actually get two boards for the price of one, so to speak.
I got the white and blue board as that was what was there, although they may do other colours such as red and green. And to be honest, when I go back again and these are still selling for the same price I will no doubt pick up some more to add to my collection.
One can never have too many chopping boards can one...? Neither can two.
* Would I recommend this then..?
Yes, I would.
These are without doubt one of the cheapest boards out there that offer as much strength as the thicker, higher prices boards. Yet these ones have the power of flexibility so you can get your food exactly where you want it.
I bought several of these due to their low price when I was filling out my kitchem with accessories and gadgets. I have a thick larger wooden chopping board, but find these easier for lifting with one had to slide things into a pan.
The Ikea Dralla (theres an umlaut over the first a but I don't know how to type that) chopping board is a basic plastic chopping board measuring 37cm long, 29cm wide and 2mm thick.
The board is made from polyethylene (PE) and suitable for handwashing, although I have put it through the dishwasher with no obvious deterioration.
Being so thin, the board is flexible and does bend when you pick it up. It is fairly easy to control the bend and use this to your advantage when trying to aim for the top of a saucepan.
I've had these for about 8 months and the most used one (on top of the pile) has shown a bit of wear from the knifes I used and is starting to look a little scrathed and worn. For the price I don;t think that I am particularly worried about throwing out the worn one and moving onto the next in the pile. I'll probably buy another pack of two next time I can face venturing to Ikea!
Unlike some more expensive chopping boards I don't believe any antibacterial agents are impregnated into the plastic of the board, so I do consider it importat to wash it thouroughly.
Available from Ikea, they come in a pack of two for £2. This is a great price and I have stocked up on 2 red and 2 greeen ones which due to their low thickness fit easily on a shelf in the kitchen.
Low priced and simple. You can't beat £1 for a chopping board.
In my opinion Ikea is THE place to go for cheap, very cheap, but well thought out products. Ok, sometimes not everything is great or the best quality but in terms of this cutting board I dont think you can get any better for the price or the way it works.
This chopping board comes in a pack of two and costs just £2 which means each board is £1! An absolute bargain in my opinion. In the pack I got a green board and a red board. The colours didn't really bother me as I wasn't trying to match them to a colour scheme in my kitchen or anything like that as we just store them in the cupboard after use but in fact the different colours have actually been really helpful. We make a conscious effort to cut any fruits and vegetables on the green board as green matches vegetables and then we cut any meats on the red board. In this way we hope to try and keep the boards a little bit more hygienic if there is no cross use and contamination.
I have a really lovely glass cutting board that has a nice design and one that I keep on the side of my kitchen next to the cooker. It looks nice but its not always practical. Whenever i chop lots of things on it and then try to transfer them to a saucepan or frying pan I usually end up with quite alot of the ingredients on the floor because they all fall off the side of the board as its alot bigger than my pans. Also the glass board is really heavy and quite hard to lift.
This is where these boards from Ikea win in two different ways. They are very flimsy and light and so easy for me to pick up but the best part about them is that once you have chopped up all your ingredients you can bend the board around them and almost make a funnel shape with the end so that the ingredients will not only stay on the board, it makes it extremely easy to then slide them into your pans, no more ingredients on the floor!
I would say the one downside with these boards is that because they are so flimsy and thin they show up knife cuts really quickly and easily and you can see lots of lines in them. The boards will probably only last me a few months and then I will need to replace them but for £1 each I don't think I will worry about that. They are handwash only but I don't find this a problem as I tend to wash things by hand most of the time anyway and they are easy to just rinse under the tap in the sink. The measurements of the boards are as follows:
Length: 37 cm
Width: 29 cm
Thickness: 2 mm
I always buy Ikea chopping boards as they are so cheap and I replace them so often. I'm a bit of a hygene fanatic and so I replace my chopping boards every 3 months with new ones. I firmly believe that there is bacteria lurking in the crevices on the old ones, my husband thinks this is a bit over the top, but he goes along anyway. I normally buy the 'legitim' chopping boards, they used to come in a pack of two, one large and one small for just 99 pence, now you just get the one large for 99 pence. I know that this is still ludicrously cheap, but I felt a bit cheated by this so I decided to try these instead the 'dralla' chopping boards.
You get a pack of two very large, very flexible chopping boards for just £1.99. Both chopping boards are the same size 37cm x 29cm, and they are each just 2mm thick. You get one red and one green in the pack, I've kept the red one for meat and the green one for fruit and veg, see my hygene ocd coming out here!
They do say to hand wash only, but I put them in the dishwasher all the time on a heavy duty 65 wash and they are still in perfect shape, they haven't been warped or ruined at all in the dishwasher.
I love these chopping boards, I don't know I ever lived without flexible chopping boards before. They make it just so easy to pour all of your chopped vegetables into the pan, or to transfer all of your vegetable peelings into the bin. Previously half of the veg would be all over the kitchen counter as I tried to scrape it into the pan, and half of the vegetable peelings would be all over the floor as I tried to scrape them into the bin. Now I just flex my chopping board and pour things in without spilling a drop.
I'm definately going to make these my chopping baords of choice every 3 months in Ikea now.
Ikea do a good range of very cheap bendy plastic chopping boards which come in a pack of two for the tiny price of 99p, so you can choose which colour you want for the particular colour scheme you have in your kitcen - we have blue and yellow.
Be warned though, these boards are extremely thin and you have to take a bit of care if your knife is very sharp as blades are easily prone to marking (or even going right through) the plastic. They are easy to wash and keep clean though they are not suitable for use in a dishwasher.
What we particularly love about these boards is the fact that they bend easily, so for example, if you have been chopping a pile of onions (or any other vegetable you fancy) and you want to pop them into the pan, you don't have to scoop the onion up with your fingers, simply take the board to the pan, bend it, and you can literally pour your onion into the vessel without fear of it spilling the contents onto the floor.
They are a decent size at 37cm 29cm and two mm thick (so quite thin). Be very careful if you are taking near to a hot pan though as they easily melt and get warped - one of ours is badly warped on the sides as it touched the hot frying pan and there is no way of repairing this.
Our little lad also uses these when he plays with his play dough and it is simple and easy to just bend it when he's finished and ppour back into his playdough bucket.
Really useful and really recommended.
This review is also published on Ciao under name of sorehead.
Whenever I visit Ikea I am an absolute nightmare for just impulse buying and always leave with random things that I don't even really need! Last time I went I ended up coming home with a rubber ice cube maker in the shape of hearts (why, really??), some plastic coloured cups and straws, and a chopping board - none of which I needed or thought I would use! My Grandma always used to tell me I should use a chopping board so maybe that was in the back of my mind when randomly putting one in my trolley, but what made it worse was that the colour choices were red or green, neither of which go with my kitchen!!
The Ikea dralla chopping board comes in a pack of two, I chose the red and it wasn't until I returned home I realised there was a white one underneath, I had presumed it was the back of the board. What did surprise me about the chopping boards was that rather than being an actual board they are a kind of flexible material which is in fact polyethylene plastic. The chopping boards are extremely thin, just 2mm thick which means they can be stored literally anywhere and take up no room at all. The size of the dralla board is 37cm long and 29cm wide so they are a decent size and ensures there is enough room for whatever you are chopping up!
One thing I really like about these chopping boards is that once you have chopped up the food it is so easy to transfer it to your pans as they bend so there is no spillage when transferring the food over. Really this is where the positives end for me, as they are so thin that almost every knife mark shows up after use which really freaks me out because it shows where germs can be festering, even after a really good clean. The chopping boards are handwash only so I always made sure I washed well in hot soapy water and then with an antibacterial spray also.
I would say that I used the chopping board for just a few weeks and then I just threw it away as the knife marks made it look really tatty and I was just paranoid about germs so it wasn't really worth it to keep using it. I had given the second chopping board to my mum and she decided to use it underneath her toaster and toastie maker to catch the crumbs and melted cheese and she has had much more use than I got!
The Ikea Dralla chopping boards are priced at just £1.99 for the pair which isn't bad really, even if just using a few times.
Thank you for reading my review.
As i live near a huge Ikea store i often pop in for a look around. I like Ikea and made many purchases over the years, i like how cheap things are, good quality and funky designs. I love the bargain basement where the kitchen accessories are and picked up the Ikea chopping board around a year ago its still going strong although its badly scuffed and marked through regular usage.
Ikea chopping board costs only £1, these are very basic no thrills chopping boards.
Ikea chopping board comes in a two pack in many different colours to suit your taste. I have a red kitchen and managed to have the pack with one red chopping board and one white. Ikea chopping boards are thin and made of plastic, these measure roughly 12 inches tall and 15 inches wide. The boards are slightly flexible as they are only 2mm thick.
Ikea chopping boards are textures roughly on both sides i guess this is to do with grip on the boards and to stop them sliding around the surface as they would should they have been smooth.
Ikea chopping boards are easy to use and a decent size , big enough for me to chop my vegetables on and after they can be placed in the dishwasher or hand washed in hot soapy water. I actually have both chopping boards sitting out on the surfaces in the kitchen to save mess one in front of the toaster for my husband as he always makes a mess butters the toast on the surface rather than the plate so this board saves the crumbs going everywhere.
As i said i have had the Ikea chopping boards for a year now and they are showing loads of marks on them where the knife has went into the plastic and over time the boards just look worn out could be done with another set now however for £1 i am very happy that they lasted a full year.
I recommend the Ikea chopping boards for being easy to use, a good size, easy to clean and value for money.
I have a wooden chopping board but I wanted a separate chopping board for cutting meat on. I'm not convinced that when cutting chicken on the same wooden boards that I cut my fresh produce on; it is not a bit of a health hazard. Maybe I'm being overly cautious but either way I bought an Ikea Dralla Chopping board for use in my kitchen.
*Price and availability*
Located in the depths of the Ikea store, I paid £2.00 for my board.
The chopping board is 2mm thick and is 29 by 37 cm. As I do not use the board every day I store it in a kitchen drawer. The size makes it perfect for storing away and moving it around.
You can choose the chopping board in a variety of pastel shades. I bought a light blue one. The board is quite flexible and soft and only after a few uses, there are huge lines in it from when I have cut things on it. The board has a sort of friction bumpy texture to it that is an attempt to stop it slipping around the work top. This marginally helps but the board does move around quite a lot which is a bit dangerous when I am wielding a huge carving knife. I have to wet a piece of kitchen roll and lay it down under the board to keep it in one place. Once this is done, the board is really reliable and perfect to use.
I am a bit disappointed with the softness of the board and how quickly it has marked and been cut. I like a smooth surface because it is easier to clean and manage. This looks like I have had it for years when it's only a few months old.
I'd like to say the board is good value for money but there is nothing special about it; it is a square piece of Perspex that is extremely thin. It should be priced for less than one pound as it must cost a fraction of this price to make.
As I have found with all the Ikea products I have bought, they look okay at first but they are not designed to last.
Going back to when my husband and I were still together we would occasionally take a trip to ikea where he would huff and puff as I added things to the trolley which we probably didn't really need but looked like they would serve a purpose in our home. More often than not the items would end up shoved in a cupboard somewhere so he was probably right in huffing and puffing but one item that we did use for quite some time was the set of two ikea dralla chopping boards.
What grabbed my attention about the chopping boards back then was the price initially because at £1.99 for a pack of two it offered excellent value. On closer inspection I noticed that the chopping boards were made from a thin bendable material and thought that they would be easily stored when not in use. We picked up a pack of two blue ones but looking online it would seem the only offer red and green now.
The boards were incredibly thin, just 2mm in fact and so they were stored at the side of the microwave in between uses which left the work top looking less cluttered in my opinion. The boards were a good size though in general being 37cm by 29cm and so I never felt like I didn't have enough room to chop whatever it was I was chopping. What I particularly liked about these chopping boards was that because they were made from a flexible material I was able to take over my chopped opinions for example and bend the board in the middle and just pour them in to the pan with minimal fuss and effort.
Now I have to say that because these boards were made from a thin plastic they soon became marked with the knife as we chopped things on them. I do realise that this also happens when you use a wooden board too but obviously we were concerned about any germs which may breed in the grooves where the knife had cut and so each board probably only lasted a couple of months each, although we did make sure we used both sides of the board as well.
Cleaning the boards was really easy and we would either wash it up in the washing up bowl or spray it with some antibac cleaner and then wipe it off. The product is not suitable to be put in the dishwasher.
To be honest I think these boards do make a good purchase from ikea....yes they won't last years and years but for £1.99 for two do you really expect them to? I am currently using a wooden board in my new house and I really don't like it...it seems to get cuts in easier than the plastic ones and is much bulkier too so if I get the chance to visit ikea I will pick some of these up again.
Thank you for reading my review!
I bought this from Ikea for just under £2. I already have a chopping board which is a big sturdy thing made from glass but I liked how this one is so thin that it is very light and I am beginning to struggle to lift my glass board without it causing my wrists to ache so thought this could come in useful. I wasn't sure if it was just going to be quite gimicky and hopeless with it being so cheap but thought for the price I was paying I could just throw it away if it did turn out to not be useful.
The board is very thin, about 2mm thick and is 29 by 37 cm which is just slightly smaller than the original chopping board that I own. It comes in a variety of colours, the one I bought was 'white' which is slightly see-through so you can just about see the work surface beneath it but not so much so that it's in focus. i do like it being slightly see through I think it makes it look less cheap, I imagine just an opaque white plastic board would look rather tacky. You can buy it in blue, red and yellow too. I'm not sure if other colours are available in other stores but that was all that our local Ikea had (Ashton).
The board being flexible is actually really good and useful. I wasn't really sure how it would be useful at first but it is! When I have chopped up items on it and need to transfer them from the board and into a narrow opening item then I can just bend the board so that it creates a funnel and then pour the items in It is really useful, it saves me trying to negotiate them across the board with a knife and try to get them into the appliance. It also means that when it comes to washing up this item I can fit it in the bowl without having to wash one half then turn it around to wash the other half so it's really very practical!
I use this now instead of my glass board as it's a lot lighter so easier to lift and wash up and it has remained in good quality- t here are no knife marks in it so it is well designed. I know some plastic boards can end up with cuts in them quite easily but so far this one looks fine.
It isn't so bendy that it's dangerous, it is flexible when you deliberately bend it but it's not floppy so that it would cause problems when trying to transfer items.
I am very happy with this product and cannot believe it cost just under £2
Sometimes you will find that certain products work especially well due to their simplicity. On a visit to my local Ikea store I bought their 'Dralla' chopping board. The Dralla chopping board looks quite like a regular chopping board you may have in your home. It is the same basic shape as most other chopping boards, but it it much thinner than you would expect at just a couple of millimetres thick. The Dralla chopping board also has another quite unique and handy feature - it is bendable! Available in four colours (red, black, blue and white) each board has a translucent finish to it due to its thickness.
You would be forgiven for not thinking much about the chopping board having the ability to bend, but it is a very useful feature when it comes to working with the board on a day to day basis. You will find - as I did, that preparing food becomes so much easier. Being able to use such a lightweight board, that can then allow you to easily transfer the chopped ingredients into your pan or bowl is surprisingly efficient. The bendable properties of the polyethylene will make kitchen tasks simpler as there will be no need to scrape ingredients from the board as you can simple bend the board to your requirements in order to accurately place the food into your blender - for example. The board is also easy to wipe clean due to its smooth finish.
I think I paid around the £2 mark for a pack of two Dralla chopping boards, and I would advise against giving the spare one away as you may regret it - they are that good! Instead of buying another boring stiff chopping board next time your current one shows signs of wear, buy a Dralla and it will add some fun to your food preparation.
The idea of a set of super thin flexible chopping boards that may work to help cut down on the use of extra dishes/ plates, was something that I have to admit I almost scoffed at when I first came across these simple plastic Ikea kitchen boards. Although I was rather taken by the price (as they were really cheap) I felt they would probably end up consigned to the back of the cupboard in the 'I bought these because they looked like a useful kitchen item that has actually turned out to be too much trouble to set up' corner. Having bought many so called 'time saving' kitchen gadgets that have all been consigned to oblivion (due to their complete lack of usefulness) I hoped that these would prove to be something that I would be able to make good use of.
Since having used my Dralla kitchen boards on and off for various things ranging from general chopping of vegetables like potatoes and carrots, to topping and tailing green beans, trimming salad onions and finely chopping onions etc, I have found that these kitchen boards DO WORK! The name of the chopping boards is something that has been cause for a few giggles when trying to describe what to buy/ order to admirers who have seen them in action and wanted to buy them after I have shown off what they can do, yet that has not put those same people off from happily purchasing their own set of Dralla boards.
Whether it is the price or the quirky nature of the product, or both that has made the Dralla kitchen boards such a success I cannot say. What I can say it that even though these boards are flimsy and not really made to last, at the price you pay they are a good buy as they work well for some time until they finally need replacing. When I bought my set of these boards I paid just £1.83 for them which I felt was more than worth a go, as at that price even if they worked only for a short time I felt I would have had fair value from them.
~Ease of use~
In use the boards are super slim and rather flexible which means that once you have peeled, chopped or trimmed the foodstuffs you need/ want to prepare you can simply pick up your Dralla and carefully tip or pour the contents of the board into an oven proof cooking dish, sauce pan or wok without having to man handle everything. I have found that using the boards in this way helps to cut down on mess in the kitchen and means that I can get away with using less dishes and plates when preparing certain food items. This of course results in less washing up at the end of preparation and cooking which in turn saves space in the dish washer or kitchen sink.
When wanting to clean the boards I tend to wash them by hand in the sink, which is easy and quick to do as the boards are very light and flexible. Over time I have noticed that the thin boards have shown marks on them, from the use of kitchen knives used to chop or cut various food items and this has made the boards look slightly less attractive than they were when new (although to be fair they were never really things of true beauty). I feel that this will result in the boards having to be replaced earlier than the thicker more durable and solid wooden chopping board I have in use, which is something to factor into the ultimate cost of the item.
The size of each Dralla kitchen board is roughly 29cms by 37cms which makes them large enough to be used to carry chopped and prepared food items from the kitchen worktop straight to a cooking pot or dish if the board is held firmly in two hands. The depth of each board is just 2mm making them super slim and not all that great for use with heavier more sturdy vegetables that require a degree of elbow grease and strength in order to prepare them such as swede, so when wanting to prepare those types of foods I use a wooden board as it offers more support when chopping or slicing these types of items. The Dralla boards are best used with less labour intensive food items such as all in one salads and stir frys etc, that can be cut, mixed and poured or tipped into a serving or cooking dish with ease, which is where I feel the boards work best
Although I was rather worried about how well these kitchen boards would work I have found them to be more useful and effective than I ever thought they might be and the only real down side is the fact that the thin and cheap plastic used to make them does become marked with use over time. As the boards are cheap to buy and therefore just as cheap to replace I feel they offer fair value as they do work well when used with some food items . These boards can be used as a surface to prepare sandwiches on, to butter bread, rolls or toast on, chop salads and prepare stir fry vegetables on etc, to good effect which helps protect your kitchen work top and cut down on the use of other dishes and plates. I don't feel that the boards are as attractive as other more natural wooden chopping boards are, so I tend to put these away when they are not in use. Over all my feelings are that the boards work to a fair standard and are reasonably priced if a little plain and unattractive to look at, so with that in mind I want to give them a mid range 3 star product rating.
This is amust have purchase from Ikea and is one of my most used products around the house, not just in my kitchen.
These chopping boards are slightly larger than A4 size (probably half as much again) they are made out of plastic so are great for putting in the dishwasher. I know purests say that you should have wooden chopping boards but I like to know they are really clean and so I like to put stuff in the dishwasher.
These chopping boards are no more than 2mm thick so they are very flexible which makes them ideal for chopping on and then bending them up and tipping it straight into your pan, or pot.
I also have one that I use solely for my craft making. I enjoy making decoupage making from time to time and this involves cutting small pices out with a craft knife. Cutting mats in place like Hobbycraft can cost from £5 so this board makes a cheap alternative at about 85p.
These boards come in packs of two for about £1.70 and are usually one coloured and one white.