Originally Posted by star
I live in Denver and the air is dry here. So dry that my wooden cutting boards split over time. I diligently oil them every six months, never put them in the dish washer, wash them quickly with warm, soapy water, rinse and set them vertically to dry completely before re-oiling with mineral oil. I'm at a loss.
Question: Would bamboo cutting boards act any differently than wood, in this arrid climate? Thank you in advance for any response.
By the way, I have plastic cutting boards as well and use them for preparing raw meats. I simply love the wood boards though....
(I know this thread is a little old, but)
That's why they are cracking.^^^^ You aren't drying the board off!
If you use oil, you need to use it all the time to protect against bacteria, not to maintain a stable board. I never oil my board and it's completely safe. If I used it, then oiled it, I could trap bacteria in the grain. without the oil, the grain can breathe and the bacteria has noplace to develop.
There's plenty of articles on the web about this. The only time I use a plastic board is for raw meats and poultry.....and beets.