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Sep 6, 2010 12:03 PM

What kind of wood?

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. 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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      1. re: John E.

        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.

        1. re: cheesemaestro

          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.

          1. re: itryalot

            I realize this is 4 years late; however, I'm researching the same issue and asked my good friend who lived in Italy for over a decade. She said they didn't do polenta dinner parties in Italy and that polenta is actually peasants' food--which makes a lot of sense. That especially explains why it would be served on a piece of wood. LOL! Having said that though, today's trendy dining parties welcomes this type of fad with open arms especially considering we are eating much better fare than just the gloppy polenta with a skin of water on the side. Since the websites I found which offer them for sale at close to $400 each, I am going to get with my local carpenter and have him craft me a polenta board for much less. Then I can throw a trendy polenta party, complete with all the delicious gourmet fare on the side--oh and a skin of wine too--on a peasant's income! Happy polenta board hunting!