Plywood kneading board?
apologies if this isn't the correct area for this topic.
Anyways, i'll be making soba soon and I need a large kneading surface. I was thinking of buying a regular 3/4 inch thick sheet of plywood, cutting it to size and using that.
Should I be concerned about contamination from the adhesives that are used in making the plywood?
Thanks in advance.
Go buy a cheap laminated, or melamine table in 'ready-to-assemble' form if you can't find a suitably sized piece of laminate sheet. Or go buy a silicone baking mat for a full-size baking sheet (18x24). Or buy a teflon oven liner and put that on your countertop. Or buy a pastry mat. Or buy a partial sheet of Formica.
You don't need a large kneading surface, you need a large rolling surface. Or, at least a LONG rolling surface.
Just don't use plywood.
Be VERY careful!!!!! Make sure that the plywood you select has been sitting for some time. One of the chemicals used in the manufacture of plywood is formaldehyde and the plywood will outgas for quite a while. I have loaded and unloaded more plywood than most people will see in their life. I wouldn't even think about using most grades for anything even remotely to do with food. None of it is manufactured in anything close to sanitary conditions. I would would look for a sheet of melamine covered pressboard, you will probably have to go to a cabinet supply dealer to find it. Home Depot stopped carrying it years ago, you might be able to special order it from them but usually on a product that they don't stock, they require you to order a full bundle, 48 sheets if I remember correctly. Once you get that, because it's vinyl covered, you can sanitize it and should be able use it for food.