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Totally Bamboo Congo Parquet Cutting Board


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  • Size: 17.3x13.75x1-in
  • Cleaning & Care: Handwash with a damp cloth and dry immediately.
  • Weight: 11.20-lbs.
  • Origin: China
  • Material: Bamboo
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 13.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000A389GE
  • Item model number: 20-1450
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,122 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Fast-growing in nature, bamboo is also fast-growing in popularity as one of the best renewable resources available. Totally Bamboo prides itself on using only hand-selected, China-grown "moso" bamboo, which is not a food source or habitat for the giant panda, and which grows to harvestable size in just 3 to 5 years. Totally Bamboo follows strict environmental guidelines for processing and fair labor policies for its workers. And, the toxin-free products contain no dyes, stains, or glues containing formaldehyde.

The large Congo Parquet 17-1/4-by-13-3/4-by-1-inch cutting board from Totally Bamboo's African collection makes a superb gift for the home chef. Like rock-solid butcher blocks made of wood, the board is composed of strips of bamboo laid in end-grain fashion. By alternating direction of the strips, an attractive parquet pattern is achieved, dark-colored in the center of the board with two lighter curved sides. Harder than maple, bamboo won't absorb water, crack, or peel, yet won't dull your good knives. The warm honey color, which comes from an oven-heating process that caramelizes the bamboo's natural sugars, goes all the way through, won't fade, and can even be sanded. After use, simply wash the board lightly with warm, soapy water, and wipe now and then with mineral oil. --Ann Bieri

Product Description

Totally Bamboo's Congo cutting board is designed with the epicurean kitchen in mind. 16% harder than maple, Bamboo makes a superior material for cutting boards. The Congo cutting board is handcrafted using flattened strips of cured Bamboo bonded together with the highest rated, US laboratory tested and certified, formaldehyde-free adhesive specifically developed for food contact surfaces. Congo's size, 17.25 x 13.75, makes it perfect for all your larger cutting and serving needs. Congo's unique look is created using the end grain or cross-section of the bamboo pole. Small sections of the end grain are set in opposing directions creating the parquet design. No stains or paint are used to create the two-tones of Congo. The light tone is the Natural color of the Moso Bamboo and the scrumptious Honey shade is created in a very specialized heating process which caramelizes the natural sugar in the wood. These colors are permanent and will not fade or wash out. Care: wash with warm water and mild detergent and occasionally wipe with mineral oil (Do not clean in the dishwasher). An Ecological wonder, Bamboo is a grass that grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in 3 to 5 years. It has an extensive root system that continually develops new shoots thus not requiring replanting making it an incredible self-renewing resource and a brilliant alternative to the wide spread clear cutting of our world's hard wood forests. Do the world a favor� Do Bamboo

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Care: Wash with warm water and mild detergent and occasionally wipe with mineral oil (Do not clean in dishwasher).


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Customer Reviews

The best cutting board I've owned.
Anna P.
The second of the two boards was oiled 3 times in that one month period and still cracked and bowed.
Jonathan Sage
I have to use the mineral oil on it to keep it hydrated and looking its best.
mo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By ACS5058 on August 11, 2009
I have had this cutting board for about a year now and I love it. Unlike other reviewers mine has not warped at all, and after at least twice daily use for the past year it is still like new. The board is very durable and shows very little wear compared to my old John Boos boards. I like to keep my knives extremely sharp and when ever I would use my Shun knives on my other boards they would leave noticeable scratches in the boards, but not with the Totally Bamboo Congo board. Thanks to its end grain construction I cannot hardly even see any wear on it.

On the other hand, I do know a lot of people seem to have had problems with warping and I am not sure as to why, maybe some are just bad batches and I just got lucky and got a good one, however one thing that I have done to prevent warping is the same process I have always done for all my wood or bamboo items. When I first received a wood or bamboo item I oil it with mineral oil all over, front, back, and on all the sides; but the key is to keep oiling it until no more oil will absorb in it. You can tell when it can not absorb any more oil by letting the oil sit on the surface for a hour or so and you will still have a lot of oil on the surface that can not be absorbed then all you have to do is just wipe up the excess oil and it is ready for use.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rory Oldham on December 23, 2007
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This is a nice cutting board and was ranked highest by America's test kitchen. It is a managable size but still large enough to prepare most dishes. The board seems easy on my knives but does not mark easily.

My board did seem to warp slightly however, which makes it rock during cutting. I placed a towell underneath it to stablize it, which seems to do the trick.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By nopalen on April 1, 2008
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This is a beautiful cutting board recommended highly by Cooks magazine. Unfortunately, it is warped - convex on one side and concave on the other. I tried two and had the same problem. Too bad since it really looks nice!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By W. Graff on August 25, 2008
This is the second TB Congo I have purchased in the last month. I've thrown out all of my other boards. The board is the perfect size and heft and is downright beautiful. With proper maintenance, I expect a long life from these boards.
My Amazon experience this second time was disappointing.
The board arrived in the bottom of a large box with the protectant air bags on top of the board. Any impacts to the bottom of the box would have damaged the board. I was lucky. Additionally, this board came with one loop of jute twine around it and one TB tag. It was clearly a (barely) "repackaged" return from someone else. My first TB board was entirely wrapped front and back and packaged securely, surrounded with air bags.
I expect and have gotten better from Amazon.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Davis on December 27, 2008
Owned for a year now. This board was highly recommended by Cook's Illustrated, so I bought it. It came slightly warped, which worsened with time. Cracked as well -- even though I oiled it a few times.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Zettel on February 23, 2010
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I'm very happy with the board now that I've had it for two months now. Great size, nice heft. Big enough to do all but the largest cutting jobs and stable enough for a fast mince. My only issue with the board was that I purchased it during an incredibly dry time of the year and washed the board several times within a couple weeks after only one oiling. That was a big mistake as I ended up warping the board and splitting the seam in the middle on each end by about a quarter of an inch. As soon as I saw this I slathered on the mineral oil and let it absorb overnight and the board straightened right back up and the cracks disappeared. The board has been good ever since. So if you pick this beauty of a cutting board up prepare to give it two good oilings* within the first week and once a week afterwards for a month. Then you should be good for 3-6 months before the board needs another oiling depending on use and frequency of washing. Do not expect to use the board "as is" or it will warp and crack, but that is the same case for any wood cutting board. You know those wooden, slide-out cutting boards under your counter top? They look pretty crappy huh? They'd look a hundred times better if you had oiled them. Just sayin'. Also, oil is a win-win-win situation. Not only does it prevent your board from warping but it reduces the effect of drawing a blade across it in terms of the impact on the board and on the knife. I think I've beaten it over your head enough, but one more time for memory's sake: OIL YOUR CUTTING BOARD.

*Only oil the board when it is completely dry. Wait at least 4-6 hours after washing before oiling, otherwise the board will not absorb the oil properly. Remember, water and oil do not mix. This thing really sucks up the oil, too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JP on May 18, 2008
This board is not only nice to look at, it has great "knife feel"- i.e. clean, positive cutting action. It cleans easily and I have not experienced any warping issues as reported by others. America's Test Kitchen was correct in his praise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Conrad on November 25, 2008
Very well pleased.All that Cooks Illustrated said it is.No wonder it took first prize in their ratings.
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