How to Prevent a Cutting Board from Moving while You're Chopping

Some kitchen jobs, like making delicate knife cuts, can easily turn into a dangerous task if the right care hasn't been taken. When using a cutting board, it needs to be secure before use, otherwise there is the risk of it slipping over the counter top, which can cause all of the food to end up on the floor and may even result in injury to yourself from a knife cut. Fortunately, there's a very simple trick you can use to keep the chopping as safe as possible, as shown here.

Steps

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    Gather a clean kitchen rag, like a dish towel. The foamy type of kitchen rag (such as the one in the image shown here) and cotton ones are the most suitable.
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    Soak the rag in water, then wring it dry. The rag should still feel wet to the touch but not dripping water.
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    Take the rag and fold it up according to the size and shape of your cutting board.
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    Place the cutting board on top of the rag. You can test how secure the board is sitting by leaning heavily with your hands on the cutting board. At the same time, try to push it over the counter top. As long as the rag is damp, the cutting board should stay securely in place.
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    You're now ready to start chopping up your food!

Tips

  • Make sure to place the rag in the laundry afterwards to avoid having that funky smell.

Warnings

  • Take your time and be careful while using a knife. Mind yourself and the people around you. Try to work on your own with plenty of space around you.
  • Avoid working on an uneven surface, such as a table lined with a tablecloth. Always chop on a counter top, even if this area is crowded.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen rag
  • Cutting board
  • Water

Article Info

Categories: Food Cutting Techniques