Note: This wooden board and the oil treatment can be found at IKEA, Kota Damansara
We are at a time where people across the planet are adapting their lifestyles to become more eco-friendly. Kitchens, with all their waste, have become a logical-focal point of this environmentally conscious revolution. At the top of the list of eco-friendly cooking items? The practical and functional bamboo cutting boards! And why shouldn't they be? They are made of one of the most easily replenished materials in the world, bamboo! Bamboo is great for the kitchen because it is such a strong and resilient material.
Although the cutting boards may seem indestructible, they do require some periodic upkeep to maintain pristine condition. You may be thinking, "Aw man, just another thing to take care of around the house.....great." But, something that will take just a few minutes of your time can lead to keeping one of the best accessories in your kitchen in perfect condition.
First off, a rinse with warm soapy water after every use will keep the board in great condition as well as kill bacteria and prevent cross contamination in your food and on your knives. Beyond this, a quick monthly ritual is in order to preserve the condition of your bamboo cutting boards.
- Apply a mineral oil to the bamboo cutting board with a cotton cloth or a paper towel.
(Note: warm mineral oil works better, so a quick run in the microwave can go a long way!)
- Let the bamboo cutting board sit to soak for at least 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes have passed wipe away any excess oil that may remain with a dry cloth or paper towel.
That's it! Boom! Done! Your bamboo cutting board is now ready for another month of hard work. You may be asking, "Where does a person go to obtain mineral oil for this?" Mineral oils are actually quite easy to find! Most local drug stores carry some sort of mineral oil that can be used for this process and let's not forget the infinite buying power that can be found on the internet.
If you are like me, and would love it even more if you could bring out the beautiful grain in you bamboo cutting board, a quick wipe of your board with camellia oil will really bring out the natural awesomeness of one's board. Keeping up with this painless maintenance once a month will seriously increase the longevity of your board and the value of your investment.
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