A bamboo cutting board looks like it’s made of wood, but it’s not. As far you know, bamboo is a grass. However, cutting boards which are made of bamboo and wooden ones have some properties in common.
In this article, you’ll find how to take care for bamboo cutting boards. If you take care properly, your boards will be in good condition for a long time.
Don’t worry if little fibers appear on a board surface. It’s normal for bamboo boards. Usually, it means that board should be treated with oil and polished with a cloth.
So, let’s begin.
How to Take Care for Bamboo Cutting Boards Before First Use
Clean the board with warm, soapy water, using a non-abrasive dishcloth. Rinse the board under the tap, and wipe it with a kitchen towel. Place it vertically to let air dry completely.
Season your board with a warm food-safe mineral oil or a food-grade oil (unflavored coconut oil, vegetable or walnut oil).
Use a brush or a paper napkin to cover the board thoroughly on each side. Let the oil soak in (at least an hour, but better overnight). Wipe and polish the board with a cotton or linen cloth.
If you decide to use coconut oil, it’s better to find a special one for cutting boards.
Wash the board with warm, soapy water after each use, and rinse under a tap. Dry with a towel, and place vertically to let the air dry it completely.
Season your board with a food-grade oil at least once a month. If you feel the board is dry, season it without waiting for the scheduled time.
Treating the board with oil is essential, especially when the air is too dry (for example, in the cold season when heating elements are used in rooms). Wooden and bamboo utensils and boards do not like too dry or extremely humid air. If you seldom use the board (less than once per week), we recommend you pre-oil the clean board, let the oil soak in (better overnight), polish it and place it in a bag. This treatment will prevent the board from over-drying.
But the best way is using the board daily.
Use salt and a slice of lemon to disinfect the board when needed.
Use hand cleaning only. A dishwasher is very unfriendly to this type of board.
Even though the board can “survive” one or two (or maybe more) short cycles in a dishwasher, we highly recommend that you NOT clean it in this way.
A dishwasher is very aggressive toward wooden and bamboo boards. Detergents and continuous contact with hot water completely wash out the oil layer. In this case, you will need to take out the board just after the cycle has finished, dry it immediately, and then apply a thick layer of warm oil. You may even need to apply oil a few times. But even this treatment after the dishwasher will not guarantee good condition of the board for a long time.
- Do not put in a dishwashing machine.
- Do not put in a microwave or oven.
- Do not use a meat hammer (tenderizer) on this board.
- Do not soak the board in water for a long time.
- DO NOT store near heating elements
- Place a silicone mat under the cutting board. This will prevent the board slipping.
- Do not put a wet napkin or wet towel under the board.
- Use separate boards for different food groups to avoid cross-contamination, especially for raw meat and fish.
- A cleaver can be used only for slicing or light chopping. Avoid chopping chicken and meat with harder bones on the board.