Kitchen Tools: Do You Keep Multiples of One Thing?

When we talk about outfitting a new kitchen, we generally advise you to keep it simple. Don't buy more than you really need: find pans and tools that will do double and even triple-duty. Don't buy more than one of any given kitchen tool.

But then there are those tools we just need to have more than one of. For me, this is cutting boards, as you can see above. What is it for you?

My cutting board habit has to do with their versatility and also with the way I cook. I am forever chopping this and that, and if I use one board for raw meat I don't want to contaminate the raw broccoli salad with beef juice!

Also, cutting boards (especially that long cheese board) are just great for serving all kinds of nibbles. I have less platters and more cutting boards; I love to serve cheese and crackers, nuts, fruit, and other bites on a big slab of wood.

So, at last count, I have at least eight cutting boards. Fortunately they store away easily; they slide into a funny narrow cupboard next to the stove. (My cake plate addiction is another problem entirely.)

What do you have multiples of in your kitchen?

Related: See all our posts on Cookware & Tools here.

(Image: Faith Durand)