Are bamboo plates safe?
All About Bamboo Dishware
Bamboo is a carbon-neutral, sustainable resource capable of replenishing and improving our environment.
Although bamboo is one of the most durable and sustainable woods on earth, before deciding to go with a different type of material for your plates and utensils, you must remember that bamboo is a 100% natural product and as such will need to be taken care of differently to your regular tableware to ensure a long life. For example, you can't just leave it languishing in the sink, soaking in water.
Are bamboo plates safe?
When you're looking to invest in a chic-looking plate ware, there's a common option that many people overlook: bamboo.
And the reason for this is because people are wary about whether or not bamboo plates are safe for food use.
So...are bamboo plates safe?
Bamboo plates are perfectly safe to use when serving food and have been proven not to leach toxins into your food, unlike certain plastics. Bamboo has the added benefit of also being naturally antimicrobial.
What are the other advantages of using bamboo plates?
Bamboo is naturally lightweight, making it ideal for young children; it doesn't crack or chip, is nonstick, durable, and has the added bonus of looking great. Bamboo is also very affordable.
Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources on the planet and is the fastest growing plant on earth! It also has a ton of other benefits that make it a great investment for your dishware needs. The bamboo plant is very versatile and is used to make a wide variety of products, from flooring to clothing and paper. Not only does this provide sustainability for the product, but it decreases your environmental footprint significantly.
These are some of the other great reasons to start choosing bamboo products.
Are bamboo plates hygienic?
One of the benefits of using bamboo plates is that they are 100% eco-friendly. Bamboo has been around for more than 6000 years, during which time, it has developed anti-bacterial properties. This makes bamboo a great material for not only plates but also spoons, forks, knives and chopsticks.
Bamboo plates will not break or crack so there's nowhere to harbour germs, unlike with wood. This makes bamboo also a great material for chopping boards.
Can bamboo plates be washed in the dishwasher?
Before you purchase a set of bamboo plates, the first thing that will probably come to mind is: do bamboo plates belong in your dishwasher?
The answer unfortunately is no. This type of dishware should be washed by hand in warm, mild soapy water, to prevent damage.
Are bamboo plates microwave safe?
Eating food that has been microwaved is not very healthy I'm sure we can all agree, and microwaving is not only bad for your food but can also damage bamboo. Bamboo is a natural product and as such will not tolerate being heated up, let alone being subjected to microwaves.
Can bamboo plates go in the oven?
No! Again, as with microwaves, bamboo plates are not designed for direct use in the oven.
The heat from the oven is too intense for bamboo to tolerate, so you will almost certainly damage it.
How strong are bamboo plates?
Bamboo plates are known as the strongest dishware on the market. Despite being extremely lightweight, bamboo plates and dishes have a very strong and durable shell to ensure that they don't break when in use. This makes them perfect for small children and clumsy people!
Can bamboo plates be washed?
Yes, you can wash bamboo products by hand as needed, but never in the dishwasher. It is best to use a mild detergent or natural soap, warm water (as very hot water will damage them), and a soft sponge or other non-abrasive utensil. You must also never soak your bamboo dishware in water.
How to oil bamboo plates
It is important to oil your bamboo products on a regular basis to stop them from drying out and becoming damaged, and to keep them looking their best.
To oil bamboo dishes, I would recommend rubbing the oil it in first with your fingers and then using a paper towel to remove the excess. You can use coconut oil, almond oil, walnut oil, carnauba wax or Linseed oil.