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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008

Slice and Dice: Build Your Own Cutting Board

Follow this reader tip to custom-build your own backcountry cutting board.

by: Michael Irvine

Make a backcountry cutting board.
Make a backcountry cutting board.

To make a backpack-friendly cutting board, I trimmed plastic cutting boards from Target into small circles that fit snugly inside my cook pots. These lightweight discs keep my knives from dulling–and provide a hygienic place to store ingredients while I cook.
Michael Irvine, Santa Rosa, CA

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Alex P.
Jan 07, 2014

I buy plastic cutting boards in small and large sizes from Dollar Tree. Small size lines the walls of my pot no trimming needed.

Apr 08, 2011

sounds like a great idea. i have bought a lot of HDPE from and always have some left over when i'm making my bait tanks. maybe i should consider turning one into a cutting board.

Aug 25, 2008

If you have an light backpack the flexible cutting board sheet makes a great back panel and large prep surface... we have also cut the large panel into sleeves for water bottle carriers (non-insulated variety) the springy-ness keeps the pocket open so it's easier to get the water bottle in and out while on the trail... and they can be used for cutting boards, prep surface, etc.

We never leave home for an extended trip without one of these flexible cutting boards... hiking, car or even overseas.... great for a picnic anywhere!

natasha and matt
Aug 25, 2008

m starving

Dennis Schmitt
Aug 24, 2008

Put a quarter sized hole near the edge or cut a notch in the edge. If you get some water in the bottom of the pot the cutting board may stick. The hole will help you get some air under and break the suction.

Steve C
Aug 19, 2008

Great idea! This fits in the category of "Why didn't I think of that?" I'll have to try that. I've used the roll up kind pretty effectively. Also, a frisbee makes a good cutting board/plate/ufo, but your idea would pack better.


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