Compared with plastic or stainless steel utensils, bamboo kitchen utensils are eco-friendly but need more care. With proper care, it should be easy to keep your bamboo utensils lasting for a long time.
For most bamboo utensils, you would get them untreated from the manufacturer. To help them last longer, consider sealing and conditioning the utensils with food-grade mineral oil. Rub the oil on the utensils with a clean rag. Make sure that the oil gets into all the areas of the bamboo utensil.
Once you have applied the oil to the utensils, do not use them just yet. Give them up to 24 hours for the oil to set.
Do you know the role of the oil? Once applied, the oil forms a protective layer around the utensil so that it can repel water, prevent possible cases of splitting, and gives your utensil a smooth finish.
Wash Bamboo Utensils
It’s never wise to wash your bamboo utensils in a dishwasher. This is because the heat in the washer will remove the oil coating and still lead to warping. For those who soak their bamboo utensils, they might also experience the same case of warping.
It’s best to wash your bamboo utensils in the sink. Most manufacturers of these utensils will give you the correct procedures to keep your utensils looking good and clean.
To prevent staining, you should clean the utensils after use. Do not leave the utensils soaking in the food waste. With a spatula, scrap off the remaining food waste from the utensil and wash it in running water. As suggested earlier, do not leave the utensil in water more than necessary.
Remove Stubborn Stains
As much as you might be keen to keep the stains away from your bamboo utensils, sometimes it is not possible. When this happens, you might be tempted to use chemical cleaning agents to clean the food stains. Do not do that, but rather follow these steps to remove the stain.
Use Coarse Salt or Baking Soda
Start by covering the stained area with coarse salt. Rub the salt into the area with a sponge. Add more salt and keep rubbing until the stain is out.
If you are using baking soda, then rub it into the stain just as you did with the coarse salt. Give it a few minutes before rinsing off the baking soda. You could repeat the same process until the stain comes out.
Deodorize Bamboo Utensils
Sometimes you would want your bamboo utensils to smell good. To do this, it would be best if you sprinkle salt and squeeze lemon on the utensils. Leave the mixture on the utensils for a few hours and rinse the utensils. A few hours are important for the mixture to penetrate the bamboo dealing with any other odors. It is why you would not find bamboo utensils having odors when you can deodorize them.
Restore the Surface
After using your bamboo utensil for months or years, you will notice its finish is not as smooth as it used to be. When this happens, you can always restore the surface with a few simple tricks.
One of the top choices would be to use a sheet of fine sandpaper. Proceed to re-sand the surface until it achieves the best smooth surface as before.
If your utensil such as a cutting board has warped, submerge it in warm water for a few hours. Then, place it on a flat surface and add a flat object over it. This will help to bring the cutting board back to its original shape.
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