Guest Post: Using Bamboo in the Kitchen, a More Sustainable Way to use Bamboo

Bamboo is a great material to use in the kitchen. The plant has a number of useful properties (not the least of which is that it is a renewable resource) that makes it very useful in the kitchen. This post will look at how you can introduce bamboo to your kitchen.

Bamboo grows incredibly quickly. In just 5 to 7 years bamboo is ready to harvest. It is a plant that is as hard as many hardwoods and that can be worked in a similar way to wood. Bamboo has a delightful honey color and a subtle grain that makes it an attractive material. Nowadays you can find lots of bamboo kitchen utensils in home supply shops or on line. Such items as chopping boards, knife blocks, bowls, place mats, drink coasters, serving tongs, spoons, chopsticks and drawer organizers can all be found in bamboo.

There are a number of advantages to bamboo kitchen utensils. The first is that they are often cheaper than hardwood utensils. The second advantage is that bamboo is antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial and so it is an ideal material for safe food preparation and for maintaining hygiene standards in the kitchen. And the third advantage of bamboo kitchen equipment is that it is an environmentally friendly option that helps to slow down deforestation.

It is not just kitchen equipment that can be made of bamboo. Bamboo charcoal is great for the kitchen as a natural air freshener. It also helps to remove excess humidity during the hot summer months. Bamboo charcoal can also be used as a water filter on a kitchen faucet to remove chlorine and other chemicals from the water.

Finally, the Japanese also use bamboo charcoal for cooking. A piece of bamboo charcoal in a rice cooker helps to improve the aroma and taste of rice by removing impurities from the water. If you put bamboo charcoal in oil when you deep fat fry, it helps to make the food crispier and it helps to clean the oil.

These are just some of the many ways that your kitchen can benefit from the introduction of bamboo.