Meal Prep Organization Tool: Prepdeck Review
If you love staying organized and also cooking, then this Prepdeck review may have just the thing you’re looking for! And while this blog post does contain affiliate links, please know that the products I recommend are products I love to use and would tell my best friend about!
I first heard about the Prepdeck a year or so ago when it was gaining steam on Kickstarter, but I didn’t get to try it for myself until several months later.
I’m going to give an in depth review of the Prepdeck, but before I dive in, make sure you click below to grab my FREE printable meal plan so you’ll know what you’ll be prepping with your Prepdeck all week long!
If you would like to see the Prepdeck in action, click below to watch our video.
What is Prepdeck?
The Prepdeck is an all-in-one cutting board, kitchen gadget, and food prep station. It comes with over two dozen different parts and pieces and the goal is to make your food prep experience more streamlined and organized. Here’s what’s included in the basic Prepdeck kit:
Prepdeck: Cutting Board
The key feature of the Prepdeck is the cutting board turned sleek exterior. Sitting on the counter, all closed up, the Prepdeck looks like a large rectangular block. That block folds out to reveal all sorts of goodies, and a big flat surface that works as a cutting board.
The cutting board works fine. It’s nothing to write home about – just a large piece of plastic. Sometimes I prefer to pull out one of my nice cutting boards to use instead of the thin plastic one that’s included.
It’s magnetically attached so it’s super easy to pull off for easy cleaning!
One thing I do like about the cutting board is how it folds up to keep everything stored nicely inside the prepdeck – plus they have multiple cover options so you can get something that matches your style and kitchen decor!
Prepdeck: Food Storage
The little food storage containers are a key piece of the Prepdeck. They all sit nicely aligned at the top of your Prepdeck, ready to hold (and portion) your fresh cut veggies or meats.
There are all different shapes and sizes. The large container takes up ⅕ of the space available on the ledge, and also spans the entire width. The medium container nestles inside the large container but is about ⅓ of the depth. Then the small containers will fit two across one large container.
The large and medium containers have lids, so you could do meal prep for the week, seal up your fresh cut veggies, and stick them in the fridge for another day. I love that feature! The lids are a little tricky to work with and definitely take a bit of getting used to in order to get the magic touch.
Another thing I love about the food storage containers are the markings along the side. Need ⅓ cup of diced onions? You can measure out the portions directly in the container with the markings that are on the side of the cup! So handy!!
Prepdeck: Spice Storage
The Prepdeck also comes with six “mini” food storage containers. These are designed to hold spices and oils while you’re cooking. (And they also have the markings to help you measure.)
I do have one complaint about these – you can’t set them down on the counter. They rounded on the bottom and will only stay upright when nestled into the Prepdeck base.
But when used to pre-portion your oils and spices, they make the whole cooking process a lot of “dump and go” – which is, in my opinion, one of the easiest ways to cook!
Prepdeck: Trash Tray
Here’s where things really start to get fancy. You know all the scraps that accumulate when cutting up vegetables? (You know – the potato peel and the ends of the onion?) There’s a little compartment in the back of the Prepdeck that you can slide all your scraps into. Then, when you’re done cooking, the compartment easily slides out so you can dump the scraps into your compost or trash!
I was concerned about little bits of trash getting stuck to all the crevices of my Prepdeck, but I’ve found it to be quite wipeable and easy to keep clean.
Prepdeck: Kitchen Gadgets
I saved the best for last! The magic of the Prepdeck lies in the kitchen gadgets that are included. There’s a slicer, a juicer, a grater, a peeler, and an herb stripper.
Each of these gadgets fits right on top of the food storage containers, so you can peel, slice, and grate right into the waiting container! It’s soooo convenient!
You can also choose to get the Prepdeck+ which comes with a few extra accessories:
Prepdeck+: Extra Large Food Storage Container
The Prepdeck+ includes an extra large food storage container, which is the width of 2 large containers. This is a great option for storing lettuce for salads or meat for a veggie stew.
Prepdeck+: Extra Cutting Board
The Prepdeck+ also includes an extra cutting board. This is great if you’ll be cutting both meat and veggies so you can have one cutting board for each.
Prepdeck+: Bonus Large Containers
The Prepdeck+ includes additional large containers – the additional containers don’t fit onto the original contraption, but if you’re doing a lot of food prep and storing prepped food for later in the week, it’s nice to have a few extra on hand.
Prepdeck+: Phone Holder
They really did think of everything with the Prepdeck+! This little plastic piece is designed to hold your phone so you can easily reference a recipe or watch some YouTube videos while you’re cooking.
How do you use Prepdeck?
Now that you know what’s included with the Prepdeck, let me dive into how to use it.
The Prepdeck is designed to be your all in one work station for cooking. The goal is for the Prepdeck to contain the mess and account for most of the utensils and containers you need while meal prepping, so that when you’re done you don’t have a big mess spread across your kitchen.
To get started, simply pop open your prepdeck so you have the cutting board flat in front of you and the provided containers on the ledge behind the cutting board.
Then, pull out your recipe, and start slicing and dicing to your heart’s content.
In my personal experience, I haven’t needed the Prepdeck for every meal I make. If it’s a dump-and-go Crockpot meal, for instance, it would be extra work for me to pull out the Prepdeck. But when it comes to preparing veggie loaded salads the Prepdeck is a great tool! It’s also a perfect companion for a meal delivery kit such as Every Plate.
The Golden Question: Is Prepdeck Dishwasher Safe?
Yes! The Prepdeck containers are dishwasher safe, which makes for even easier cleanup. You will need to wipe down the base of the Prepdeck from time to time, but I’ve found that the material is relatively easy to keep clean.
Is Prepdeck worth it?
I’ll have to admit, I went on a bit of a rollercoaster with the Prepdeck.
I saw all the videos and ads for it and thought it looked so cool! I was excited to finally get my hands on one. I was a mix of underwhelmed and overwhelmed when mine arrived. It was so many parts and pieces and I dreaded keeping them all clean. Besides that, everything was more plastic-y than I expected. Truth be told, I don’t know WHAT I expected. Prepdeck never pretended to be made of glass!
But I had it, and I figured I might as well use it.
And the more I used it, the more I liked it. I found a nice place to store it in my kitchen so I didn’t have to leave it out on the counter, and I really came to like using the containers with the attachments that snap onto the top.
I love eating meals from Every Plate (my favorite meal delivery service) and the Prepdeck is a great tool to use alongside those.
It’s definitely an investment, but if you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, and if you do a lot of veggie chopping while you’re prepping food, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Prepdeck!
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Ann Powell Says
I like my Prep Deck, but like you, I wasn’t thrilled with the cutting board. It gets cut marks on it, and looks crappy. I came up with a brilliant solution, though. I put one of my used Cricut sticky mats face down on my counter covering the Prep Deck cutting board, and cut on that. It’s easily washable, and when it gets looking tacky, I just replace it with another one. I like these better than any other cutting board I’ve ever used.