How to Care for Your Bamboo Cutting Board
Bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood. It’s a renewable resource, and can be harvested in 1-5 years, depending on the species, rather than hardwood trees which take 30-40 years to mature.
Caring for bamboo, however, is very similar to caring for wood – keep it clean, don’t let it soak in water, and condition it periodically.
- Do NOT wash bamboo in the dishwasher.
- Rinse your bamboo cutting board right after use to prevent food from getting stuck on.
- If you DO have stuck on food, use your nail or the dull side of a knife to scrape it off.
- Wash your bamboo cutting board in warm, soapy water, with a microfiber cloth to remove food particles.
- Try not to let your cutting board sit in water for an extended period of time.
- Although bamboo has natural antibacterial properties, it is a good idea to avoid cutting raw meat on it. If you do prepare dishes containing raw meat or raw eggs on the board, you can wipe the surface with a dilute bleach solution (about 1 teaspoon of liquid bleach per quart of water), let sit for a few minutes, then wash as usual.
- Dry the cutting board with a clean towel, and stand to complete drying so that both sides dry thoroughly before you store the board.
- If your cutting board starts to look or feel dry, re-hydrate it with mineral oil, or bamboo conditioning oil. To use the oil, apply several drops to a clean cloth and rub all over both sides of the board. Repeat this process if necessary. Let it cure for a day or two before using again so that all the oil can be absorbed.
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