How to care for bamboo bowls
30 July 04

Bamboo bowl is beautiful and practical to add to any home. Whether purely for decoration or serving bowls or salad bowls, they are timeless classics. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that has natural anti-mildew and mildew resistance and is harder than most hardwoods. Bamboo is also a smart, environmentally friendly alternative with low environmental impact. With proper care, quality bamboo bowls can last a lifetime.

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Basic cleaning

Bamboo bowls should be hand-washed immediately after use. They should not be placed in the dishwasher or soaked in water. The high heat in the dishwasher and prolonged exposure to water can cause the bamboo to expand and crack. When cleaning, first clean the bowl ; then wash it in warm water with a mild soap and soft sponge or brush. Avoid using abrasives or tools. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth; then allow the bowl to dry thoroughly.

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Regular maintenance

Like wood, the bamboo bowl will dry out and eventually burst. To prevent over-drying, lightly apply the bowl regularly with oil. Food grade mineral oil or mineral oil mixed with beeswax is the most common choice. If you want to avoid petroleum products, any shelf-stable food grade oil can be used. It is best to avoid the use of nut oils because they can easily rot. Apply a thin layer of oil to a dry bowl with a soft cloth and allow it to soak for one hour or overnight; then wipe off excess.


What is important and what should not be done

Even though bamboo is very strong, something can damage the bowl and shorten its life. Do not use bamboo bowls in a microwave oven; instead, heat the food in a microwave-safe container and transfer it to bamboo for food. It's best to avoid really hot or very damp food in the bamboo bowl. They are more suitable for salads than salads. Do not store bowl nests or heat directly. Bamboo bowls should be stored in a dry place and air can circulate around them. If the bowls must be nested, place a towel between each bowl to prevent water accumulation.


other problems

If a bowl becomes viscous, usually excess vegetable oil accumulates. Wipe off the sticky residue with lemon juice and a mild brush; then rinse the dry bowl and treat with mineral oil. Lemon juice also removes any residual food odors that penetrate the bowl and can help reduce stains. Keeping the bowl well treated with oil is the best way to prevent stains, but natural bamboo bowls will darken over time. Changes in color add to the natural beauty of bamboo.

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