I have received a bamboo cutting board for a review, and I have to say I really don’t like it! I have been doing a lot of reviews of products recently, and this is the first product in quite a while that gave me no emotions other than dislike.
I got this bamboo board, and had high hopes for it. The product sounds really good – it is made of organic bamboo, has a stainless steel handle, free of BPA, toxic dyes. Basically untreated bamboo. I thought – well, what could be better! I was so excited to start using it.
The cutting board came shrink-wrapped with a little instruction-description paper attached to it, like in the picture. When you take off the shrink-wrap you notice that the handle is attached somewhat flimzily – just is not very tightly attached. You also right away want to take off the paper with this description, the company name, etc, and you can’t as the paper is glued on the board! So I tore whatever paper I could from the board, and brought the whole board to the sink, and tried to wash the rest of the paper off with soap and warm water. Like I have written in other product reviews before – I always try to wash new products for food preparation under warm soapy water.
Next what happened – all the paper came off but the glue that it was attached with just stayed on the board in the form of a whitish flat glue stain! I am not particular about that, but someone else might be! Some people are very serious about stains on new products!
So, next thing – I wanted to try the board out by cutting on it! However, as I was about to do it, I noticed a lot of tiny wooden splinters sticking out of the board! I tried removing them by hand, but there are just too many of them. I read about this, and turns out I could apply some mineral oil to the board to treat it, and it would help to smoothen it out – I will have to try to do this. Too bad a little bit of oil doesn’t come with the board. Now in order to make it functional I will have to purchase this mineral oil, otherwise I cannot use it, as I don’t want to have tiny bamboo splinters in my food. Mineral oil is sort of an obscure ingredient I don’t think a lot of people necessarily have in their homes. I think it should also give this instruction to pre-treat the board with the oil on the description for this board, on the paper attached, because otherwise it does not give a good product description on the paper to properly explain what the product is like.
I do not buy a lot of bamboo boards, but the fact that this board is untreated makes me think that it will get moldy and unusable very quickly. It also needs to be made of more or less solid wood, this one is made of pieces glued together, I guess, and it just seems cheap.
I left the board on the table, and once it dried off, the splinters sort of went down on the board. I think once it gets wet again, all the splinters will pop right back. When I touch the board with my hand, it really feels rough, like it needs sanding.
I really don’t feel like having wood splinters in my food, so as far as I am concerned, this board is unusable. I think the fact that it comes in a shrink-wrap is almost like it was done purposefully to hide the fact that there are splinters, because I don’t think I would be tempted to buy this product in a normal store.
I have contacted the company asking them what to do about this product, and have not received any response, and it has been a week. I have asked for some mineral oil, or at least advice on what to do next about this board. I think I am ready to return it. The company has not responded to me. So, the customer service is kind of strange as well.
I suppose I could try using it but I would have to get it to a usable state first either by sanding it, or by applying mineral oil, or both probably. I have read on online boards that all these are signs that this is a really cheap cutting board. I am not a specialist in cutting boards, and maybe there are better ways to deal with the problems with this board I am having, but I am not enjoying my board at all at the moment. I give it 3 stars. I would give it 1 star, but I am hoping to fix the splinter issue at some point, and then I would be able to use it.
I received this product free in exchange for my unbiased review. I was not compensated for my review and all my opinions are my own. One may or may not have the same opinion as myself when reading this. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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