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Old 03-15-2010, 12:16 PM   #41
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My sponges don't last long enough to be regularly sanitized. They suffer life-threatening cuts and slices from their knife cleaning duties.
I had the same problem here until my sister brought home a pack of UFO Brand sponges and they are strong.

UFObrand.com- Sponges and scrubs
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:41 PM   #42
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Thanks for the tip, Julio.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:42 AM   #43
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I don't use wood boards because good ones are quite expensive and require more care.

AMEN!!!
I have one wood board that I use to slice cook meats like turkey, ham, etc as it has a lip that collects all the juices and it doesn't make a mess on the counter!!
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #44
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Interesting and informative conversation.

I have a large cutting board made of bamboo, that I leave on the counter all the time and use it for everything. I really like the look of it too. Although bamboo can be very expensive, I found it at Marshall's where they have many top of the line cooking items at a discount price. It's the best cutting board I've ever had, and shows not one cut mark. Someone else brought this up......I never use a serrated knife on it however.
I'd highly recommend bamboo.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:02 PM   #45
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I understand bamboo can be hard on knife edges. I've trimmed branches off of bamboo canes and found it quickly dulled the trimming knife's edge.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:13 PM   #46
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I had a bamboo board for a while and while it looked great it was hell on my blades. It dulled them faster than anything else I have used. I now have an end grain wood board on my counter at all times which I use for non-meat, but I also have plastic boards in my cabinet. I prefer the look and feel of the wood board, but I find I use the plastic the most as it goes in the dishwasher.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:10 PM   #47
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Hmmm........I haven't noticed my knives getting dull since I got the bamboo board, but then being a butchers daughter, I use a steel on my knives often.
Here's an interesting link on the benefits of bamboo.

What are the benefits of a bamboo cutting board?
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:16 PM   #48
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My husband the biologist says that wooden boards have natural tannins that inhibit bacterial growth. In all my long years of just doing the best I can without stressing over germs, I am happy to report that I have never poisoned anyone.
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