When looking for an alternative to wooden, plastic, and metal utensils, why not consider using bamboo utensils? Bamboo utensils generally provide a lightweight, attractive appearance and are stronger than wooden utensils. Also, bamboo will not mark nonstick cookware and is easy to care for just like wooden and plastic utensils. Below are several benefits you can get when you use bamboo utensils.
The first advantage is what I call the environmental factor. Bamboo generally grows at a faster rate compared to wood and can be easily replaced. Imagine a whole forest that can regenerate in three to five years. Furthermore, if you switch to bamboo products, you can help reduce stress in the world’s forests. Isn’t that reason enough?
Another advantage is its strength. While bamboo is actually a grass, it can still be as strong as steel. Utensils made of bamboo can last a long time and are much more durable than those made of wood and plastic.
Furthermore, utensils made of bamboo are 100% biodegradable. Bamboo utensils are ideal especially for campers and hikers because they are super lightweight and some of them come in their own colorful case, making them easy to find when it’s time for dinner.
When it comes to health and safety, bamboo products can be grown and harvested without the use of pesticides, which is not the case for wood products.
Finally, these products are very light and very easy to clean. In addition, they are resistant to water, do not stain and do not absorb odors.
Of course, after shopping, you might be wondering how you can make your bamboo utensils look good. It is quite simple. Simply clean them by hand as needed. At the same time, as long as you avoid putting them regularly in the dishwasher (because the heat and harsh detergents are too much for this type of utensil) and take care of them immediately, bamboo utensils can last a long time. Below are three detailed instructions on how to clean bamboo utensils.
The first step is to wash forks, knives, and spoons in hot soapy water (but don’t forget to wear rubber gloves, especially if the water is very hot). You can use a mild dish soap and a clean cloth to clean the food particles.
The second step is to lightly wash the bamboo utensils with warm water. Make sure to dry your utensils with a clean cloth, to the best of your ability, and then place them on the dish rack to finish drying.
And the third step is to grease the bamboo after cleaning it if it starts to look or feel somewhat dry. Now, greasing your bamboo is not really complicated, you can apply a few drops of olive oil or canola oil on a clean cloth and then rub it all over the utensils. Of course, you need to add more oil, especially if these bamboo utensils get dry.