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Caring for your Bamboo Items

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Bamboo cutting boards have become quite popular recently thanks to their environmentally friendly nature. Did you know that bamboo is harvested just after 3-5 years of growth? It’s also 16% stronger than some of its wood competitors.

Bamboo does need some care though, and after referencing ehow.com, I’ve compiled some tips for you.

Recipe Boxes
Depending on the placement of your recipe box, it may collect dust and grime over time. To get back its natural shine, revitalize it by applying some mineral oil with a cotton cloth. You can even use furniture polish since its not being used to serve food.

If you’ve just received your recipe box in the mail, I suggest giving it a little oil since the packing materials tend to dry out the wood during transit.

Cutting Boards
Before the first use, apply mineral oil liberally to the surface of the board with a cotton cloth. Allow the oil to soak into the board for 20 minutes before wiping away any excess. Repeat 2-3 times. Periodically reapply mineral oil to your bamboo boards to revitalize them.

After each use, wash with soapy warm water and wipe dry; liquids shouldn’t pool on your cutting board for an extended period of time. Do not put in the oven or dishwasher. After coming into contact with raw meat, sanitize your bamboo board with solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. Rinse thoroughly. 

Mineral Oil can be found at local drugstore or ordered online. I just picked up this one at Bed, Bath & Beyond.


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