I have four cutting boards. No lie.
One for garlic, onions, and herbs, etc. (Wouldn’t want my apples to smell like onions)
One for fruits. (wouldn’t want my lemons to smell like roast beef)
One for cooked meat. (This one came with a small stainless steel circular stand with spokes that hold the meat in place while carving.)
And one for raw meat. (don’t want raw chicken to touch other foods.) But the one I have is just a flat one without grooves so raw meat juice just spills all over the counter which makes cross contamination a real possibility.
I’ve been meaning to buy a bigger board with grooves to catch the drippings from raw meats but it’s one of those things that I putted off buying…until now.
Reclaimed Ash Cutting Board
Remember my looking-for-your-eco-friendly-handmade-products-to-review post? Well, fate would have it that Random.Org picked Newberry Furniture that makes kitchen tools and furniture with reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood! Totally eco-friendly and so apropos since I need a new cutting board badly and didn’t want to buy a cheap bamboo, a “Made in China”, variety.
But as they say, all good thing come to those who wait, patience is virtue and blah blah blah…. (Whoever came up with that does not celebrate Christmas!), Newberry didn’t have the board I wanted. So I made a custom order.
And, I waited patiently for four weeks (man, time goes by so slowly when you want something ‘yesterday’!) for a shiny brand new cutting board.
And it finally arrived, as promised, in four weeks, on the dot!
Now, I don’t get excited easily, especially over a piece of wood. I mean, I love trees, mind you. But to buy a NEW cutting board made with wood that already had a prior life thrilled me. No new trees were cut down for this! How awesome is that? And look how handsome it looks? It came with a simple cleaning and maintenance instructions.
As much as my veggies and fruits were happy to make the board, ‘theirs’, it was really for raw meat - thanks to my carnivores in the family who insist in eating meat – so I here it is with a whole chicken, cut up, resting comfortably on it. The whole chicken fits on the board without juice dripping all over! I love it!
Thyme Chicken Recipe:
Whole chicken cut up (cut the thick part of chicken breast across and butterfly the meat portion, without completely cutting if off)
10 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
Salt and Pepper
Take the leaves off the fresh thyme sprigs. Rub leaves from fresh thyme sprigs generously all over the chicken parts and in between the skin and meat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. Let sit for an hour in room temperature. Grill on High heat until brown on both sides. Lower the temp to medium and cook until the meat is opaque, around 10 minutes on each side. You can squeeze lemon juice towards the end when it’s almost ready or you can skip the lemon.
Julie and Bill Newberry make all kinds of functional kitchen accessories and furniture out of reclaimed wood. They’ve been featured in numerous green publications for using reclaimed wood and reusing parts from structures like barns and pickle barrels for furniture and kitchen renovations.
Newberry also has chopsticks, plates, trays, and various kitchen accessories, like this bread board. (Almost bought this one too.)
So visit Julie’s shop and don’t blame me if you empty out your PayPal account because she has so many things I
want need. You can find her on her website, www.newberryfurniture.com and also on facebook and on Etsy.
And on my next post, I’ll show you some of the other eco-friendly handmade shops that I was eyeing on from the looking for handmade items to review post.