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Color-Coded Kitchen Utensils

Color-coding wooden cutting boards and utensils can do more than help prevent cross-contamination while cooking. Painting the ends of utensils and cutting boards lets you designate their use — vegetable, meat, or fruit.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2012


Because wood is porous, it often absorbs the odors of strong-smelling foods — meaning last night's garlic could rub off on this morning's apple slices. You can sprinkle the cut side of a lemon with salt and then rub over the cutting board to deodorize it, but color-coding them in this way lets you designate their use.


  • Wooden kitchen utensils
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint, in Lovebird, Green Olive, and Grey Wolf, $2.29 for 2 oz.,
  • Stencil tape
  • Paintbrush


  1. Tape around the area you'll be painting (avoid surfaces that will touch food).
  2. Apply one or two coats of acrylic paint, remove tape, and let dry completely before using.

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