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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.


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    Christine RE: adp0 Dec 29, 2004 06:15 PM

    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.

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      Keri T. RE: adp0 Dec 30, 2004 08:33 AM

      I remember reading that they cannot go in the dishwasher, that's why I didn't buy one even though they are so pretty.

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        muD RE: adp0 Dec 30, 2004 12:45 PM

        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.

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          farmersdaughter RE: adp0 Dec 30, 2004 01:26 PM

          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.

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            adp0 RE: adp0 Dec 30, 2004 07:32 PM

            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!

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