Fab Slabs: Absolute Elegance and Solid Utility

These camphor laurel cutting boards are top notch from Down Under

We’re all doing a lot more cooking at home, these days. And we all know why, too. No one even needs to say the goddamn word “pandemic,” and –

Ooops: We said it, didn’t we?

Just three of the camphor laurel boards from Australia's family-owned Fab Slabs

Anyway, yes: More cooking at home. Definitely.

And even before there was more cooking at home, there was already a great amount of cooking at home. Because people like to try their hand at such culinary endeavors. Because, sometimes, the results are as enjoyable as the process. So there will always be a great amount of cooking at home.

That’s why we’re all constantly scouting out the best recipes we can find. And procuring the best ingredients. And using the best tools. Knives, especially, right? All this cooking going on, we’ve got to be sure those knives are reliable, and that they’re sharp af.

But – what are we cutting on? What are we slicing and dicing and lopping and chopping and julienning on?

Listen: Those of us who prefer to exist at the intersection of maximum utility and unparalleled beauty are using Fab Slabs.

Fab Slabs are wooden cutting boards made by an Australian company – just an hour north of Melbourne, to be more precise – and each board is made from a single solid slab of camphor laurel that’s naturally (and permanently) antibacterial.

Our aversion to certain pathogens is somewhat heightened, lately – so that antibacterial part is mighty attractive, yes. But, regardless, there are few things on this planet that are more attractive than the Fab Slabs themselves. Ahhhh, the professionally smooth beauty of the wood, the fine scent of camphor accompanying their lovely ligneous presence, the way the boards are so gentle on one’s precious blades …

Seriously, people: If we could just step through the screen here and let you hold and smell and maybe chop a thing on one of these boards, you’d probably swoon. We’re still swooning, ourselves, pretty much, though we’ve been using Fab Slabs for a few weeks now.

If you haven’t already clicked through to the company’s website to better understand what we’re going on about, please do so now.

You see? You see what we mean?

And now we’re thinking that maybe we need to buy some new knives, too, because maybe our old set of Wüsthof isn’t good enough for the likes of these Slabs …

[Note: We’re J/K there, Wüsthof, okay? Of course your righteously acclaimed high-carbon-steel kitchen weapons are good enough for Fab Slabs. But only barely.]

And, in any case, as gorgeous as these boards are, you don’t even have to cut things on them. These are, like, the perfect serving platters, too. To present an array of fine cheeses upon. To serve up a swath of diverse charcuterie with. To enhance any offering of upscale crackers and condiments, et cetera, et cetera.

Can you imagine setting out a loaf of bread you’ve made with your own hands – with flour from Barton Springs Mill, say – on one of these beauties?

And there we go again: *swooooon*

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