Nothing can better represent the bright colors of salad than bamboo salad bowl! In this tutorial, I will show you how to prevent the destructive nature of the bamboo bowl and how to clean and maintain its beautiful finish.
Always remember that liquid is the biggest enemy of the bamboo bowl.
That is, a quick rinse with warm water and a dish cloth is the best way to clean this bowl. Make sure to use the soft surface of the sponge instead of the grinding surface as this will scratch and remove any existing surface on the bowl.
Allow air to dry or better, towel dry, as this will remove moisture from the surface faster.
Heat is another enemy of the bamboo bowl or utensils, as rising temperatures can cause grain warping and splitting. Do not put the bowl in the microwave or in the dishwasher. Hand washing is best, if you need to heat the food in a bowl, heat it separately and put it in a wooden bowl. However, soups and other liquid foods should not be placed in bamboo bowls.
Seasoning is to optimize the function of the bowl by removing impurities from the grain and also helps to improve the taste and smell of the internal food. Enter my favorite cleaning assistant: Lemon! Lemon juice is a well-known antibacterial agent, and because bamboo bowls are commonly used for salads, it adds its own crisp flavor. However, if you do not want to add lemon flavor, do not use it immediately before use.
Simply cut a lemon in half, then use it to rub the inside of the bowl and let it squeeze as you walk so that the juice flows very big. Before use, let the bowl drain off excess juice.
Using a 1:5 ratio of vinegar and water, pour the mixture into a bowl to fully fill the rim. Let stand for 10 minutes, then proceed to step 1, wash and dry.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of white vinegar help to kill any bacteria that can survive on the porous surface of bamboo wood.
Depending on the frequency and use of the bowl, or usually when the color starts to disappear, you can re-surface by wiping the bowl with food-grade mineral oil (not vegetable oil) because over time they will spoil and affect the taste.) Apply the oil On a lint-free cloth such as microfiber, or with fingers (some people swear to make oil deeper into the grain), try to follow the direction of the grain as far as possible. Allow to sit and use when dry
This process is to prevent bamboo wood from drying out and subsequently breaking, and it also helps to prevent excess liquid from penetrating into the grain.
Another enemy of the bamboo bowl is direct sunlight. This can prematurely age the bowl, discoloring and drying the natural oil. Place the bowl in a cool dark place in the store to ensure longevity.