Austin360Cooks: Know an obsessive chef? They need this cutting board

Fred, that company that makes all those cool food gifts, like the manatee tea steeper or a doughnut pin cushion, wants to help borderline OCD cooks get even more precise with cutting ingredients.

The company’s Obsessive Chef cutting board came out a few years ago, and thought not everybody thinks it’s all that plus a bag of chips, I have a feeling that more than a few of you might be happy to know that this product exists. (Looks like Fred & Friends has recently added a similar cheese board, which you can buy online for around $20.)

This cutting board is perfect for exacting cooks who want more precision in their kitchens. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

This cutting board is perfect for exacting cooks who want more precision in their kitchens. Addie Broyles / American-Statesman

A few friends on Instagram were super excited to see this. I’m not sure how much I’d use this because I’m not too bothered when my diced carrots aren’t all the same size. I do, however, have several fabric cutting boards that have these guide lines so I can cut more precisely for quilting. There’s a time and place for making exact cuts; I just so happen to need to make them when I’m sewing more than when I’m cooking.

How exacting are you with your knife skills? Do you want to be better? I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether or not it’s worth the effort to cut all your food with such precision. I’ve heard the phrase in cooking, “If it cuts the same, it cooks the same,” which explains the scientific reason for wanting your ingredients to be equally sized, but at some point, we’re splitting culinary hairs.

Check out what Austin-area cooks are making right now by scrolling through the #Austin360Cooks hashtag on Instagram! We often run photos from this campaign in print, so if you want to see your dinner in the paper, add the hashtag to your posts on social media.

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