The circus that is the end of the year is one that is filled with family, friends, and, of course, food. While all these hectic gatherings certainly do represent good times, the occasion can be fraught with danger. As the turkey, ham, or roast rests waiting to go under the knife, the inside of the beast is plotting against you. The anticipation of the first slice is tempered by the reality of the released juices -- inevitably rolling straight to your new tablet, phone, or e-reader.
The same juiciness that makes the centerpiece of a meal delicious also makes it hard to control. But that doesn't mean there isn't a way to confine the cascading juices that escape from freshly cut meat. While there exists certain cutting boards with a groove cut into the perimeter, most offer little in the way of giving the juices somewhere to actually go. Not so with the John Boos Newton Prep Master Cutting Board with Pan ($139.99).
Collecting accumulated juices into a waiting pan, the cutting board saves countertops (and whatever happens to be on them) from overflowing juices. Similar to other cutting boards that have an endlessly circulating moat cut into the perimeter, the updated chopping block makes it easy to not only cut worry-free into meat and poultry, but also to actually be able to use the juice for gravy or other culinary application. Which is, of course, exactly the best place for it to go.