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itryalot Sep 6, 2010 12:03 PM

Wanting to get a long polenta board made plus three or four mid sized ones. I want the long one to be flat and carved out ones like the picture attached.
Could it be beech wood? What kind of wood is used in Italy for these?

 
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  1. John E. RE: itryalot Sep 6, 2010 05:54 PM

    Out of curiosity I did a quick internet search for Italian polenta boards and of course I came up with a lot of recipes and site describing serving polenta on a board. I only found a couple with boards for sale and they were both round and sold as a combination pizza wheel and polenta board. They just said hardwood so I would guess that it doesn't matter too much which hardwood you used however I would stay away from oak as it ususally has a wider grain than others. If it were me I'd use either beech wood or maple.

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      itryalot RE: John E. Sep 7, 2010 02:44 PM

      Beech it is!

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        cheesemaestro RE: John E. Sep 8, 2010 11:01 AM

        Isn't beech wood considered to be inferior to other hardwoods for cutting boards and the like? I seem to recall that the reason it isn't often used for furniture is that it is prone to warping in humid conditions.

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          itryalot RE: cheesemaestro Sep 12, 2010 01:43 PM

          That is what I thought and that's why I posted. I was hoping someone who had one in Italy or has eaten from them could offer any advice.

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