Bamboo cutting boards are becoming quite popular due to being made from a strong, light and ecologically sound product.
Bamboo is actually a grass, with over 1000 different species found worldwide. It is known as a plant with over a thousand uses, such as houses, furniture, flooring, landscaping, pulp and paper, scaffolding, tools, and much more.
It's one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, growing up to 2 feet per day, making it a viable alternative to trees as a natural resource.
It's a very tough plant, about 16% harder than maple, which makes it an ideal material for making many items for the kitchen such as bowls, chopsticks, flatware, plates, serving trays and of course cutting boards.
The manufacturer makes the board as a laminate, glueing several thin strips of bamboo together to make a solid, strong cutting suface. This makes a very durable and smooth surface for cutting.
There are a few concerns, however, such as the possibility of the glue failing due to moisture finding its way into the many thin laminated strips. There is also the possibility of chipping these strips near the edges. The other thing to consider is that bamboo being harder than wood, while being a tough cutting surface, will eventually take its toll on your knives.
Aside from these concerns, these cutting boards are easy to maintain, light and inexpensive. Cleaning should be done with hot soapy water, and wiped dry after rinsing. Do not let water sit on the board, immerse it in the sink, or put in the dishwasher. It should be wiped down periodically with mineral oil to preserve the finish.
Although these boards have some drawbacks, for the price they are a reasonable alternative to wood cutting boards and probably better than plastic boards.
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