Totally Bamboo Little Kahuna Cutting Board
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- Bamboo is a renewable resource, making this an environmentally sound choice
- Bamboo is 16 percent harder and more durable than maple.
- Only food-safe, formaldehyde-free glue is used in assembly
- No dyes or stains are used - color is permanent and will not fade or wash out
- Made with premium, hand selected bamboo - variety chosen is neither a food source nor a habitat for the Giant Panda
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From the original bamboo cutting board company, Totally Bamboo, this cutting board is a beautiful, functional, ecologically sound addition to any kitchen. Bamboo is 16 percent harder than maple, making it an excellent cutting surface. Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in about 3 to 5 years, growing as much as 2 feet per day. It has an extensive root system that continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. It does not require replanting, making it one of the most renewable resources known. Totally Bamboo uses 'Moso' timber bamboo which is neither a food source nor a habitat for the Giant Panda. Totally Bamboo's cutting boards are assembled with approved food-grade glue - none of their products are made with formaldehyde-based glue. No dyes or stains are used in the manufacturing process. The pleasing designs are created by using the naturally occurring variations within the wood grain. Totally Bamboo prides itself on using only premium hand-selected bamboo, innovative design, exemplary craftmanship, and fair labor policies.
From the Manufacturer
Striving to lead the world in the use of Bamboo, the renewable alternative to hard wood!
The Totally Bamboo Story
Several years ago, in a nook in the 'NoHo' Arts District of North Hollywood, California, Tom Sullivan and Joanne Chen owned and operated a small design and manufacturing studio. Their focus was on the design and manufacture of luxury customized director chairs for the movie industry. In their quest for a lighter weight, but durable chair, they experimented with bamboo, long known for its strength vs. weight ratio. The resulting chair was not only lighter but substantially stronger than the oak they had originally used.
Intrigued with using this renewable, ecologically friendly material as well their desire to use every scrap from the manufacture of the chairs, they set out to design various house ware products using their 'engineered bamboo'. In doing so, the world's first bamboo cutting board was developed! Bamboo, they discovered, is harder than maple, making it perfect for a cutting board surface.
Shortly thereafter, Totally Bamboo was born; launching as the premiere manufacturer for bamboo house ware products; offering everything from cutting and serving boards to salad bowls to salt boxes to utensils to Hollywood chairs. Totally Bamboo is changing the way the world uses bamboo, as a viable alternative to our precious hardwood trees.
Our Belief in Quality, Design and Construction
At Totally Bamboo we use only premium grade bamboo and then only the lower portion of each pole because it is much denser. The manufacturing of our designs is executed by highly skilled craftsmen with the guide of progressive and cutting edge engineering. For example, the Hawaiian Collection which features opposing grain end caps and inlay of contrasting bamboo, a detail commonly used in fine furniture making. This construction reduces the chance of warping in the boards, ensuring years of use. In addition to the design and engineering of Totally Bamboo Products, our factories adhere to stringent protocol, for curing and processing of the bamboo, resulting in the highest quality product attainable.
We do not use artificial dyes or stains to accomplish the color of our bamboo. There are typically two colors in bamboo, light and dark. The light is the natural occurring color of bamboo. And the darker color is achieved by 'cooking' or steaming the bamboo to perfection; literally, a result of the heating process in which the natural sugar in the wood is caramelized, producing the darker, beautiful honey color. All colors are permanent and will not fade or wash off.
The adhesive used in the making of our products is a high grade, non-toxic food grade glue which was developed by a specialized chemist for our exclusive use in the manufacturing of Totally Bamboo cutting boards and other items that may come into contact with food.
There are three types of grain in bamboo: Vertical grain, Flat grain and End grain. Vertical grain is approximately 1/4 inch wide and is taken from the side of the split pole. Flat grain is approximately 5/8 inch wide and is taken from the face of the pole. End grain is the cross section of the pole. Each grain type is beautiful in its own right and creates a distinctly different design aesthetic.
The welfare of our planet and the animals and people on it are our top priority, therefore our factories are ISO 9001 compliant which is a rating system covering non-polluting environmental issues and employee welfare, safety and minimum age.
The Story About Our Bamboo
Totally Bamboo products are made from a bamboo called Phyllostachus, more commonly referred to as 'Moso', which is grown 500k west of Shanghai in China. This part of China has a temperate climate which encourages slower growing bamboo and therefor produces a much denser, harder and more durable culm or stalk. Unlike most other hardwoods, it absorbs very little moisture and consequently reduces shrinkage or swelling in the finished product, making it a superior material for cutting boards and other kitchen and household items. In addition to the general ecological and functional benefits of Moso bamboo, it is not a food source or a habitat for the Giant Panda.
Bamboo is actually a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in three to five years; growing as much as two feet per day. It has an extensive root system that stabilizes the ground in which it grows and continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. It does not require replanting after harvest, making it one of the most renewable resources in the world. The bamboo species used at Totally Bamboo, 'Moso' timber, can be re-harvested every 4 ½ years. ..compare that to the 30-60 year growth cycle for most hard woods.
Bamboo is 16% harder than maple wood (a hard wood commonly used for cutting boards), 33% lighter in weight than oak and yet, in some instances, it is as strong as steel. Bamboo holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective, durable and ecologically responsible alternative to a material that is a bi-product of widespread clear cutting of our old growth, hard wood forests.
Authentic Products Along With Exemplary Customer Service
When you order a Totally Bamboo product, be sure it is authentic! Look for our logo that is permanently laser etched into every item. And while our products are manufactured in China, our headquarters and warehouses are located in San Marcos California, everything ships from this location! Do not be fooled by products that claim to be made by Totally Bamboo, that look similar to ours or have packaging that resembles ours.
We feel exemplary customer service puts us above the competition and we take this very seriously. If you have a complaint or problem, we will do whatever it takes to make our customer happy. This is the basis of our customer satisfaction policy and we stand by our products.
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I love red maple, don't get me wrong. Aside from the green advantages, bamboo is 16% stronger than Red Maple. Its not going to dull your knives significantly faster, at least nowhere near the extent of the fools who cut on glass or marble as a cutting board. I still can't believe some people preach using infinately harder surfaces like marble to cut on. Sure its a snap to clean up, but you're going to be cutting with a popsicle stick after all the sharpening sessions you're going to have to perform on your knives.
This block has a good feel when chopping on it. it doesn't move, it's not too high when set on a counter top, and its so darn beautiful I leave it out all the time.
To get the maximum life from your block, keep 3 things in mind.
1) don't intentially try to damage the board. with enough effort, sure you can impale your blade and make it stick. Why oh why would you want to do that? also I wouldn't put a hot pan on the board. unlike countertops, bamboo burns. :P
2) treat your board with mineral oil right after you buy it, and before you use it! Any food grade mineral oil will do, you don't have to stick with something that is "certified" for bamboo. Food Grade mineral oil is what you should use, and you can get it in the supermarket or drug store. I use the mineral oil designed as...don't laugh...a laxative. It's 100% food grade, and is safe to treat your bamboo or any wooden board. It's also a lot cheaper than wood treatment mineral oil. Simply apply some oil to a soft lint free cloth and rub it in, leaving a thin layer behind. go away for a half hour and come back. repeat. keep doing this until the board doesn't soak in anymore. Wipe the excess off with a dry cloth and you're ready to use it! Every few months apply the oil again to keep the wood from drying out.
3) Cleaning! some people use mild soapy water. I like to use distilled white vinegar applied with a soft sponge (not a scrubber) and then wiped dry with a towel. Vinegar kills bacteria and does a fantastic job cleaning, as long as you don't mind the smell. I water down my vinegar a little bit (a little stronger than 50/50) and keep it in a spray bottle. Clean your block using vinegar(or mild soapy water) after each use. Its easier to get the food off when its not dried on the surface (and in any cuts that may be on the surface).
If you follow those 3 steps I bet this block will last you a lifetime. I've had mine only a week and I love it! Yes, it is expensive compared to other alternative products. you can get a similar sized cutting board made from bamboo for $15 and be happy. I personally think the manufacture and quality of this product merits the price tag. This sucker is not going to be splitting or cracking anytime soon.
Edited to add: Since purchasing this chopping block, I have discovered a wonderful product for treating wood and cast iron. It's a food grade mix of beeswax and mineral oil and can be found on eBay, sold by Wooden Wonders. Name is Beeswax Butcher Block Conditioner. It's thick and has a firm texture, meaning more beeswax and less oil. Great product!
Some reviews stated that they were experiencing splitting, which was probably the result of not prepping the board properly prior to use.
Apply mineral oil generously with a basting brush. Dont use a rag or sponge, as both will absorb more of the oil than the board when applied.
When I say generously, I mean it. Just squirt the mineral oil directly to the surface of the board and spread out as if "painting" the entire surface, both sides, and even the feet.
I did this everyday for a week, until the board was saturated and could not absorb any more, you will be surprised how many applications this board will absorb, its like a sponge, due to its end grain design, as well as its original dry state.
Your last application, when the board seems to be well conditioned, I would say after 5-6 applications of the above process, in a small bowl or glass, mix about a 1/2 cup of mineral oil with 2-3 Tbs natural bees wax and heat in microwave for about 45 seconds.
This last "hot coat" application will seal your board properly, and is ready for use.
Those that have reported cracking and seperation, more than likely didnt cure their board properly before initial use which usually results in those type of issues.
Another tip, dont set your crock pot, toaster oven, or any hot pan on your board. Its a cutting board not a hot pad.
It covers the top of my stove exactly. The wood is beautiful and warm.
I got mine late November/early December, and I use if everyday at least once, and it still looks new. It is easy to clean.
p.s. I only use mine to cut fruits or veggies....we are vegetarian.
Edit: It is Dec. 2012. I still own and love this cutting board. I'm thinking it will be the only one I'll ever have to purchase.
The only problem I've observed is that one of the four feet, which are made of bamboo, has developed a small crack, probably from being wet too often.
You do need to wash it with soap and water to prevent the cross-contamination of of foods, especially after cutting things like raw chicken on it. Be sure to dry it well.
As with any similar product, the Totally Bamboo Butcher Block cutting board should be rubbed with a generous coat of mineral oil anytime it shows signs of dryness. It will require more frequent oilings when it's new, say once a week, but that should drop off to once or twice a month after you've been using it for a while, depending on how often you wash it.
Lastly, some people claim that bamboo is too hard for cutting boards and can dull and damage knives, especially thinner Japanese kitchen knives. I have not found that to be the case, nor did Cook's Illustrated when it gave a smaller Totally Bamboo end-grain cutting board top honors in its January 2008 review.