How to care for bamboo cutting board?
- adp0 Dec 29, 2004 05:25 PM
Just got a lovely one for Christmas, and it did not really come with detailed info on its care. Any advice is welcome. I assume I should not put it into the dishwasher, and I have some food grade oil that I use for my wooden cutting board. Somehow, the bamboo doesn't look like it needs oiling, but I don't know for sure.
I honestly don't know about its care, but I would advise you to be careful with your knives: bamboo is very hard, hence its application in flooring. The harder the cutting board, the faster your knives will dull.
They're beautiful, though, and make great serving platters. Think cheese.
I remember reading that they cannot go in the dishwasher, that's why I didn't buy one even though they are so pretty.
Here is what the Japan Woodworker recommends for bamboo cutting boards:
"Do not wash in a dishwasher. We recommend washing with a mild detergent in warm water and periodically wiping with camellia oil to bring out the bamboo's beautiful grain."
I'm thinking your oil will work as well as the camellia.
I oil mine periodically with the same oil that I use for my huge wooden cutting board. It's just a plain mineral oil. I wasn't aware that it could dull my knives faster, as one of the posters below mentioned. But I generally use it for serving cheese and not for chopping.
Thanks, everyone! I oiled it today and I'll probably reserve it for presentations, since it is so hard and yet so pretty...........happy new year!