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Old 05-29-2008, 05:06 AM   #11
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Thank you very kindly, Boardsmith and Buzz! I love it when someone takes the time to share their knowledge about something in question.
I'm glad I came to the forum for answers before investing in a bamboo cutting board, which I have decided to not do. You two have been of great help! Take care.


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Old 05-29-2008, 05:13 AM   #12
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BoardSMITH and Buzz are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-29-2008, 05:34 AM   #13
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Thank you for the comment! I'm glad that I was able to help a little bit.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:07 AM   #14
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That is a beautiful board.

This is a Boardsmith walnut end grain. My grandchildren will be using it.[/quote]
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:42 AM   #15
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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.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:22 PM   #16
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while jeekinz is right on bacterial problems after oiling, it is still very important to oil your board especially if it's end grain. If you don't, the dried out wood will act too much like a sponge when being reintroduced to moisture. Over time, the drying out and reabsorption will cause the wood to ebb and swell alot, and checks (cracks) will start to form. If it's an edge grain board, it will want to warp, and if the wood wasn't laminated correctly, the joints will split over time. So,the question really is, when to oil? If my boards look dry (which after months of "seasoning", they visually look dry every month or two) I oil in the morning or right before bedtime. That way, you avoid the problem of bacterial growth under the oil. Bacteria doesn't duplicate on wood easily, it usually dies off pretty quick.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:09 PM   #17
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Like the OP I too live in the Denver area, and I have never oiled a wood board, and I've never had any issues with cracking. I have a bamboo board and a regular wood board (no end grain butcher block type boards), and both get regular use. Both are at least 10 years old and in mint condition (aside from the necessary cutting scars). I hand wash and dry after each use, and they are stored vertically on the counter leaning against a taller cabinet with my stand mixer acting like a bookend.

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