Best in Bamboo Cutting Boards!
Bamboo cutting boards are quickly becoming one of the most popular types of cutting boards. Four reasons why? 1) They won't dull your knife. 2) They are durable like a hardwood. 3) Bamboo is a renewable resource and is environmentally friendly. 4) They are lightweight.
A member of the grass family, bamboo has the ability to grow fast and
in 3 to 5 years be harvestable for use. Quality cutting boards made from
bamboo will be older, like the 3 to 5 year range, and if selected earlier
can create an inferior product, such as a board that splinters. To keep
from selecting a bad quality bamboo board read reviews (see below), and
learn about the brand. Too cheap may be a red flag.
Cook's Illustrated Magazines "Highly Recommended" Bamboo cutting board:
This large 17.25' by 13.75' by 1-inch cutting board is a butcher block style bamboo board that weighs 5 pounds. This cutting board scored perfect marks in 4 categories: durability, cutting, clean up and user friendliness.
Totally Bamboo's Congo cutting board is hand-crafted using flattened strips of cured Bamboo which is bonded together with the highest rated, US laboratory tested and certified, formaldehyde-free adhesive. This adhesive is specifically developed for food contact surfaces. Congo's parquet design is created using the end grain or cross-section of the bamboo pole. No stains or paint are used to create the two-tones of Congo.
Magazines "Recommended" Bamboo cutting borard:
This medium sized board measures 11-1/2 by 14-1/2 inches and 5/8-inch thickness. It is lightweight weighing only 2.7 pounds. This board scored top marks in all catagories with the exception of durability. In this category the board performed well but not perfect in that the surface became deeply incised in one area after 750 cuts. Otherwise reviewers found this board to be easy to handle, solid and well cushioned under the knife, and tough enough to handle the cleaver.
How to Care and Season a Bamboo Cutting Board: