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Caring For Your Bamboo Products
Don’ts • Wash cutting board in dishwasher • Soak cutting board in water • Place cutting board on hot surfaces or in the microwave
Bamboo Sanitizer Solutions: 1. Hand wash bamboo cutting board with hot soapy water and then rinse thoroughly with clean warm water after each use. *Always sanitize cutting board after coming in contact with fresh produce, raw meat, poultry, or seafood. * If possible, use one clean cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood. If using one cutting board during food preparation, wash cutting board and utensils that have come into contact with fresh produce, raw meat, poultry, or seafood between each use. Bleach & Water – 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach in 1 quart of water. White Vinegar & Water – 3 tablespoon of White Vinegar per cup of water Hydrogen Peroxide & Water – 1 tablespoon of Hydrogen Peroxide per cup of water.
2. Hand dry bamboo cutting board gently with a clean dry dish towel after washing it, rather than letting it air-dry. Don’t let water sit on your bamboo cutting board for long periods of time, because it can shorten the lifespan of the board.
3. Apply TruBamboo™ cutting board oil to your cutting board at least once a week to prevent the board from drying out and cracking or splintering and to preserve the finish. TruBamboo™ cutting board oil is a food-grade white mineral oil designed specifically for bamboo cutting boards. Apply a small amount of the oil to a cloth or use TruBamboo™ oil wipes and apply it to your cutting board. Leave the oil on the board for 2 to 3 hours to allow it to be absorbed into the bamboo. After that time has passed, use a clean cloth to remove any excess oil that remains on the board. TruBamboo™ bamboo kitchen utensils are top shelf dishwasher safe.
Going Green in your kitchen is very easy with bamboo cutting boards and kitchen utensils. Many people are concerned about the environment and are trying to reduce their day to day use of potentially harmful plastics; these kitchen items are a great environmentally friendly, all-natural alternative to plastic cutting boards and kitchen utensils.
Bamboo also holds the promise of a cost effective and ecologically responsible alternative to the widespread clear cutting of our world’s precious rainforest. Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in just 3-5 years, growing as much as 6 feet per day. It has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots and naturally replenishes itself. Bamboo does not require replanting.
Bamboo Facts Growth Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on Earth; it has been measured surging skyward as fast as 121 cm (47.6 inches) in a 24-hour period and can also reach maximal growth rate exceeding one meter (39 inches) per hour for short periods of time. Many prehistoric bamboos exceeded heights of 75 meters (250 feet). Unlike trees, all bamboos grow to full height and girth in a single growing season of 3–4 months. During this first year the young shoots strike skyward supported by photosynthesis from the rest of the clump with no time to sprout their own branches and leaves. Over the next year the pulpy wall of each Culm slowly dries and hardens, sprouting branches and leaves during the second year from juvenile sheathes that form from each node. Over the following year the Culm hardens still further shedding its juvenile sheaths and commencing its life as a fully mature Culm. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo
Environment Bamboo is the fastest growing canopy for the re-greening of degraded lands, and its stands release 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees. Some bamboo even sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare. Bamboo can also lower light intensity and protects against ultraviolet rays. Traditional belief holds that being in a bamboo grove – the favorite dwelling place of Buddha – restores calmness to emotions and stimulates creativity. Source: Environmental Bamboo Foundation
Economy Bamboo and its related industries already provide income, food and housing to over 2.2 billion people worldwide. There is a 3-5 year return on investment for a new bamboo plantation versus 8-10 years for rattan. Governments such as India, China and Burma with 19,800,000 hectares of bamboo reserves collectively, have begun to focus attention on the economic factors of bamboo production. Commercial consumption of bamboo world over is to the tune of US $10 Billion which is expected to reach US $ 20 Billion by 2015. Potential growth areas are shoots, boards, paper and pulp, furniture, building and construction. Source: Environmental Bamboo Foundation