This handy little chopping tool from Alaska, the ulu, has become an essential part of my kitchen routine. The curved blade and concave surface of the cutting board allow the food to be cut with a rocking motion, and it works great for fresh herbs. Plus, the concave side can double as a bowl for serving freshly chopped herbs and vegetables.
I also find myself using the flat surface of the cutting board on a daily basis. It is small but very durable (8x8x1.5 inches), and is SO handy for small jobs, like slicing tomatoes for a sandwich.
The ulu and cutting board don’t require too much special care, but they shouldn’t be soaked in water–just wash after use. They seem to air dry pretty quickly, as well.
This particular Alaska Cutlery ulu knife set was a souvenir that we received in 2010, and even with frequent use, we are consistently happy with the results. The blade hasn’t dulled or tarnished, and the handle and chopping block are as sturdy as ever. The ulu is a fun and unusual tool I love having in my kitchen.