I like the variation in size and they can double as wonderful platters for cold-cuts and cheeses! So far is held up well to traditional cutting knives and even a butchers knife, therefore I can say that it is quite durable. There is no residual smell left over after you wash very good cutting boards. lightweight & easy to carry & store so that is a plus; it also dries quickly. and also the Bamboo cutting board is just really pretty as you can see!
How to Care for Your Bamboo Cutting Boards
Let's talk about what supplies you will be needing, the list is not very long. A clean soft cloth, food-grade mineral oil and a place to store the cutting boards.
Now everybody surely has two of the three supplies in their homes that I listed. But what about the mineral oil? Sure you have all types of oils around the house, vegetable oils, baby oil, motor.
Why Do I Need to Use Mineral Oil?
You want to use mineral oil on your bamboo cutting boards to preserve the natural oils and prevent the fibers of the bamboo from drying out. Don't be tempted to use oils made from vegetables, grains or fruits. Over time these can deteriorate and after several applications your boards will become rancid and you'll end up having to throw them out, which is exactly opposite of what we are trying to do here. Although I have found through research that food-grade coconut oil is also a nice option to use when seasoning your bamboo cutting boards. It is one of the most stable oils and is highly resistant to rancidity. You can find mineral oil at pretty much any local store in the pharmacy department.
Heres What You Do:
- Start out with a clean and dry Bamboo Cutting Board. Lay it on a clean surface. I suggest placing a clean towel between it and the surface you are working on.
- Next, pour a generous amount of mineral oil on the Board. The amount needed will depend of course on the size of the board. Use as much or as little as it takes.
- Then proceed to wipe the oil onto the surface of the cutting board. Making certain to cover both sides and all edges.
- Once you have treated all the surfaces, set the board aside to dry, well really it soaks in the oil more than drying. If treating multiple boards at the same time you could place them on a dish rack during this process.
- Wipe off any excess oil left on the boards with a dry, clean cloth.
How often you treat your boards varies, once a month is a good starting point. You may need to adjust this if you use your board everyday to once every two weeks or so.
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