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    Calling All Fans Of The Always Pan: I Tried Our Place's Knife Set And Cutting Board, And They're Now My Everyday Essentials

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    Hi fellow Our Place lovers! If you've been waiting months for the drop of your favorite color of the cult-favorite Always Pan, you're gonna want to read about one of their newest products that has been a total hit amongst the cooks of the internet — the Fully Prepped Bundle ($230).

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    The bundle includes their Walnut Cutting Board ($95) and Knife Trio ($145) at a slightly discounted price. It always pays to bundle!

    Ahh isn't she a beaut? Our Place's Walnut Cutting Board is my single most used butcher block in the kitchen. It's gorgeous to look at (hello, American black walnut!), and the natural wood gives your kitchen an overall laid-back earthy feel. It's practically a display piece, which is half the reason it's always on my kitchen counter.

    the walnut cutting board on a stainless steel counter top
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    I may not be much of a photographer (my kitchen doesn't get the best light, OK?) but this cutting board makes me a hell of a better cook.

    Something I truly love about this cutting board and haven't found in many others? It's ergonomic inlayed design that keeps chopped-up bits and bulky pieces of food from getting swept off onto the counter or the floor. If cleaning up after meal prep is truly the bane of your existence, this will save you tons of time and energy spent picking up little pieces of lettuce.

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    If I know one thing, it's that this cutting board will never be on the chopping block in this household!

    This feature is particularly helpful when dealing with juicier fruits and veggies as well as cheese that are stored in brine (I know, my feta obsession is showing). No matter if you're making a pico de gallo or just cutting up some jarred mozzarella for a simple summer salad, this design is a total lifesaver. It traps juices in little divot around the rim of the cutting board and prevents any liquid from running off, as it might with a regular cutting board.

    the writer's cutting board holding cubed feta, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber
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    The wood absorbs some of the excess juice that you'd otherwise have to pause to clean up, which I think is super helpful, but if it gets to be too much you can easily reoil it with a cutting board oil to keep it in great condition.

    Plus, it can easily double as a serving platter for all your favorite charcuterie accompaniments since, as I said, it's really a display piece.

    Now for the piece de resistance of this Our Place review: the Knife Trio that has helped me improve my chopping skills tenfold. This knife set gives way to sturdy slicing, mincing, and garlic smashing with all the ease of a knife brand that's been around for years even though it's brand-spankin' new!

    the three knives on the cutting board
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    They have intuitive grip handles that ensure you'll have total control while meal prepping so you can say goodbye to unnecessary kitchen injuries.

    I use the chef's knife for almost everything, including chopping up sturdy greens like kale, escarole, and chard all without having to grab a larger cutting board because the Our Place Walnut cutting block keeps everything in one place.

    the knife and cutting board being used to chop kale
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    Also, please excuse my bag of compost the back — we don't talk about that!

    It's perfect for slicing smaller veggies like mini cucumbers with all the precision of a large utility-style knife. It features a full-tang blade design for perfect weight and balance, which really shows through when you're doing any sort of rapid mincing, as I frequently am when trying to get dinner ready in a pinch.

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    No matter which way you slice it (or dice it!), these sharp, sleek, and beginner-friendly knives are definitely going to become my new go-to gifting item.

    The chef's knife is also ideal for a quick slicing job when I'm looking to toast some croutons for a salad...

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    ...or quickly core and slice up an apple!

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    The serrated knife is great for easily slicing pieces of bread. Although the bread I typically go for at the market is often pre-sliced, it comes in handy for separating frozen hamburger buns or potato rolls, as well as halving English muffins and individual pieces of pita for quick and efficient sandwich making.

    the writer using the bread knife being used to slice a piece of pita in half
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    I use this knife at least once a day — usually during lunchtime when I'm opting for a quick piece of toast as a snack!

    When it comes to the paring knife, I'd say the best fit for getting a quick wedge of citrus for a cocktail, mocktail, or anything in between. I also use it on a smaller cutting board when deboning different types of meat or fish, as well as doing a taking the skin off legumes or mincing garlic.

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    Truly a versatile item.

    That's all, folks! Head on over to Our Place to snag the Fully Prepped Bundle ($230) or if you're more interested in one than the other, check out the Walnut Cutting Board ($95) and Knife Trio ($145).

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