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Now, we’re partial to a good kitchen hack (we’ve used that 7-minute wine chilling trick more than once), but we all know that some of the cooking lore out there just isn’t what it’s cracked up to be (has this ever worked cleanly for anyone?). So it was a bit of a gamble when the National Post claimed to the World Wide Web this week that, “You’re using a cutting board incorrectly.”

The article cites a video by 5-Minute Crafts GIRLY which shows that using the handle cut-out on a cutting board to scrape chopped veggies (or whatever) into a bowl is a great way to reduce mess when cooking. The article even goes so far as to suggest that the hole in cutting boards (know to us as the “handle”) isn’t even intended to be a handle at all.

The video shows it working and it’s definitely a low-risk activity so a number of people tried and were impressed by the hack.

Of course with every hack put out on the interwebs, there were some skeptics out there. Normally we wouldn’t pay too much attention, but this time around, they came with receipts and research we — trained journalists — admittedly hadn’t even considered doing ourselves. See, some Twitter users took issue with the claim by NP that using the hole (née handle) as a scraping guide was the original creator’s intention. To test that point, one Twitter user looked up the original U.S. patent for the cutting board.

So yeah, looks like the “hack” is really just re-purposing the handle. Which, you know, is totally fine too. But wait! There’s more!

It turns out the original patent had some more unexpected wisdom to bestow — the original version of the cutting board had a hinged section specifically designed “for sweeping cut objects, such as vegetables, meats or other objects into a bowl or pan.” Mind = blown.

Now where can we find that cutting board?