If this is the shape of things to come then animal lovers and ‘little chefs’ alike are going to adore these animal shaped Acacia Wood, Bamboo and Maple Wood cutting boards.
Each animal outline projects a silhouette effect when placed on a lighter background. The animal shaped cutting boards are the right size for serving cheese and hors d’oeuvres (French for appetizers) and make a great conversational piece at any turnout (a gathering of people at a party per say).
Your children will love them and you may get that budding mini-chef wanting to help out. Cutting to the chase, I feel these cutting boards would make a great addition in your home; whether they be for use or decorative purposes. Great for gift giving too!
Amazon.com sell the full range of animal shaped wood and bamboo cutting boards.
How to Care for Your Cutting Board
Vegetable oil or mineral oil has been suggested to use on wooden or bamboo cutting boards to keep them from drying out and cracking.
However, I disagree with this. Vegetable oil turns rancid when exposed to air for any lengthy period and mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum. Wikipedia says: “A mineral oil or liquid petroleum is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum based products from crude oil.”
Use a mild eco friendly detergent on your cutting board to clean but do not soak. Rinse well, wipe dry and let air dry.
Once a week lightly wipe over with coconut oil or beeswax to stop the cutting board from drying out and cracking. Why coconut oil? Unlike other cooking oils, it doesn’t go rancid.
Did you know?
Bamboo is a renewable resource and is resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. Bamboo cutting boards are made with layered flattened strips of bamboo and then glued together with food safe non-toxic glue.
Cutting boards made from Bamboo, Acacia Wood and Maple Wood are a better alternative to plastic cutting boards.
Plastic cutting boards harbor bacteria and the plastic is made from synthetic toxic material. Over time, small amounts of plastic may transfer into food leading to all sorts of health issues.
Camphor Laurel is highly toxic and one wood that should never be used as a cutting board for food.
You might like to read about the History of Salt & Pepper Shakers on Erin’s Eco List.