Totally Bamboo Big Easy Bamboo Serving and Cutting Board, 19" x 13-1/2" x 3-1/4"
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- A big board that moves easily from countertop to table— clever hollow design keeps it lightweight
- Beautifully built with a stylish inlay around the edge; doubles as a stylish serving board for charcuterie and appetizers; raised board with feet makes it easy for guests to grab delicious treats
- Flat grain bamboo surface is gentle on knives for an ideal cutting and chopping surface; non-skid feet keep the board firmly in place for precise cuts
- Easy care: simply hand wash or wipe with a damp cloth; do not soak in water or wash in the dishwasher
- Bamboo is better for the environment; Moso bamboo is an incredibly durable material and it is a renewable resource which grows quickly and doesn’t require pesticides, clear cutting, artificial irrigation or replanting
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The Totally Bamboo Way. Do the world a favor & do bamboo.
Our Belief in Design, Quality & Construction.
Design and function are a top priority at Totally Bamboo; All of our designs are manufactured by highly skilled craftsmen who utilize traditional woodworking skills along with cutting edge engineering and machinery.
∆ Color of Bamboo: We do not use artificial dyes or stains. Our bamboo comes in two colors, light and dark. (Note: Light is the natural color of the bamboo. Dark is a richer, honey color, which is achieved by cooking or steaming the bamboo, and caramelizes the natural sugars in the fiber. This color is permanent and will not fade or wash out).
- Grain of Bamboo: There are three types: Vertical grain, Flat grain and End grain. (Note: Vertical grain is approximately 1/4" wide and is taken from the side of the split pole. Flat grain is approximately 5/8" wide and is taken from the face of the pole. End grain is the cross section of the pole).
- Adhesives in our bamboo: We had a chemist develop a high grade, non-toxic, FDA approved, food safe glue which we use exclusively in the manufacturing of all our bamboo products.
And then in addition to the high standards for design and engineering, our factories adhere to stringent protocol, for curing and processing of the raw bamboo, resulting in the highest quality product attainable. We only use premium grade bamboo and then, only the lower portion of the pole due to its increased density. The forests from which we source our bamboo are designated for commercial harvesting and not a food source or habitat for the wild Great Panda. And because the welfare of our planet and the animals and people on it are our top priority, we partner with factories that are ISO 9001 compliant - a rating system which monitors non-polluting environmental issues and employee welfare, safety and minimum age.
Our Totally Bamboo Legacy.
Many years ago, in a nook in the 'NoHo' Arts District of North Hollywood, California, Tom Sullivan & Joanne Chen owned and operated a small design and manufacturing studio. Their focus was on the design and manufacture of luxury customized director chairs for the movie industry. In their quest for a lighter weight, but sturdy and durable chair, they experimented with bamboo, long known for its strength to weight ratio. The resulting chair was not only lighter but substantially stronger than the oak originally used for their director’s chairs.
Intrigued with this renewable, ecologically friendly material, as well their desire to use every scrap from the manufacturing of the chairs, they set out to design various houseware products using their 'engineered bamboo'. In doing so, the world's first bamboo cutting board was developed! Bamboo, they discovered, is harder than maple, making it the perfect cutting board surface.
Shortly thereafter, Totally Bamboo was born. Launching as the premiere manufacturer for bamboo houseware products; offering everything from cutting & serving boards, salad bowls, salt boxes, cooking & serving utensils to the original Hollywood chairs.
Totally Bamboo has changed the way the world uses bamboo, as a viable alternative to our precious hardwood trees.
No old growth forests are touched.
No trees are cut.
Our Totally (Moso) Bamboo.
Bamboo is 16% harder than maple wood (commonly used for cutting boards), 33% lighter weight than oak and yet can be as strong as steel. It holds the promise of a sustainable, cost effective, durable and ecologically responsible alternative to a material that is a bi-product of widespread clear cutting of old growth, hard wood forests.
Bamboo is a grass which grows to a harvestable height of 60 feet in three to five years; growing as much as two feet per day! The extensive root system stabilizes the ground in which it grows and continually sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself. Bamboo does not require replanting after harvest, making it one of the most renewable resources in the world. Moso, the bamboo species used at Totally Bamboo, can be re-harvested every 4 ½ years, compared to the 30-60 year growth cycle for most hard woods.
Totally Bamboo products are made from a bamboo commonly referred to as Moso, which is grown 500k west of Shanghai in China. This region has a temperate climate which is optimal for slower growing bamboo and therefor produces a much denser, harder and more durable stalk. This type of bamboo absorbs very little moisture and consequently reduces shrinkage or swelling in the finished product, making it a superior material for cutting boards and other kitchen and household items.
Our Totally Bamboo Customer Satisfaction Promise.
When you order a Totally Bamboo product, be sure it is authentic! Look for our logo which is permanently laser etched into almost every item. While our products are manufactured in China, our headquarters and warehouses are located in San Marcos, California, and everything ships from this location! Do not be fooled by products which claim to be made by Totally Bamboo, that look similar to ours or have packaging that resembles ours.
We believe in taking care of our customers – your support and loyalty is critical to our success! We provide exemplary customer service, putting us above the competition. We stand by the quality of our products and we will do whatever it takes to make you happy if you have an issue. This is the basis of our customer satisfaction policy and we look forward to providing you with beautiful, durable and functional bamboo products for your entire home.
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A big board that's still easy to move, the Totally Bamboo Big Easy Bamboo Serving and Cutting Board lives up to its name. The Big Easy is designed with a hollow cavity below the cutting surface so that it's dramatically lighter than other large cutting boards. Measuring 19-1/2 inches by 13 inches, the board offers over 250 square inches of cutting and prep space. The Big Easy is supported by non-skid feet to keep it firmly in place while chopping, cutting, slicing or dicing. The board is crafted from organically-grown Moso bamboo to provide a naturally beautiful, durable and knife-friendly cutting surface. Much like the city with the same namesake, the Big Easy is great for parties too: it's large surface, stylish edge inlay and lightweight make it ideal for serving charcuterie and appetizers to friends and family. When it's time for cleanup, the board quickly wipes clean; it should not be soaked or washed in the dishwasher. Backed by a one-year manufacturer's warranty.
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I love red maple, don't get me wrong. Aside from the green advantages, bamboo is 16% stronger than Red Maple. Its not going to dull your knives significantly faster, at least nowhere near the extent of the fools who cut on glass or marble as a cutting board. I still can't believe some people preach using infinately harder surfaces like marble to cut on. Sure its a snap to clean up, but you're going to be cutting with a popsicle stick after all the sharpening sessions you're going to have to perform on your knives.
This block has a good feel when chopping on it. it doesn't move, it's not too high when set on a counter top, and its so darn beautiful I leave it out all the time.
To get the maximum life from your block, keep 3 things in mind.
1) don't intentially try to damage the board. with enough effort, sure you can impale your blade and make it stick. Why oh why would you want to do that? also I wouldn't put a hot pan on the board. unlike countertops, bamboo burns. :P
2) treat your board with mineral oil right after you buy it, and before you use it! Any food grade mineral oil will do, you don't have to stick with something that is "certified" for bamboo. Food Grade mineral oil is what you should use, and you can get it in the supermarket or drug store. I use the mineral oil designed as...don't laugh...a laxative. It's 100% food grade, and is safe to treat your bamboo or any wooden board. It's also a lot cheaper than wood treatment mineral oil. Simply apply some oil to a soft lint free cloth and rub it in, leaving a thin layer behind. go away for a half hour and come back. repeat. keep doing this until the board doesn't soak in anymore. Wipe the excess off with a dry cloth and you're ready to use it! Every few months apply the oil again to keep the wood from drying out.
3) Cleaning! some people use mild soapy water. I like to use distilled white vinegar applied with a soft sponge (not a scrubber) and then wiped dry with a towel. Vinegar kills bacteria and does a fantastic job cleaning, as long as you don't mind the smell. I water down my vinegar a little bit (a little stronger than 50/50) and keep it in a spray bottle. Clean your block using vinegar(or mild soapy water) after each use. Its easier to get the food off when its not dried on the surface (and in any cuts that may be on the surface).
If you follow those 3 steps I bet this block will last you a lifetime. I've had mine only a week and I love it! Yes, it is expensive compared to other alternative products. you can get a similar sized cutting board made from bamboo for $15 and be happy. I personally think the manufacture and quality of this product merits the price tag. This sucker is not going to be splitting or cracking anytime soon.
When I got my cutting board, I was very happy and surprised on how heavy it was. I was looking for that. Also that once I placed it on my counter top, it was slightly unevenly balanced. I checked the legs of board and saw black felt type velvety material glued to the bottom legs. For the price I paid, I thought it would be better material than that. I have used this board, every single day. The pictures I saw of the board posted by reviewers looks no different than my board. I have not oiled the board as it was suggested to get a darker shade but that is no concern of mine.
I gave this board 3 stars mostly because of the smell that emits from the board. When dry, I don't smell anything but when it's time to wash the board and in the process of drying, I get a strong "chemical" type smell comes from the board. I know folks will say its the glue causing the smell but really, I've had a previous butcher type board for 10+ years and never got a smell that I'm getting and it concerns me. This is not right. I don't know if oiling the board will stop or "mask" the smell from emitting but since I'm experiencing this scent, i no longer feel 100% comfortable with the board knowing meats, fruits and vegetables have been slathered all over this board.
It took me several months to find a board, this board, and now, I'm in the market again, no longer wanting end grain. I need something more solid with lower percentage of glue/chemicals or maybe all together a completely different material.
PROs: - Because of the end grain doesn't show scratches.
- No cracking after 5 years. I oiled it (top, edges, and bottom) with tons of mineral oil when new, and re-oil it about once a month. I do sometimes use lots of water and soap to clean it; but dry it promptly. Still looks almost new after 5 years.
- Does not dull knives as fast as side-grain wooden boards -- and certainly way better than plastic boards. (I bring my knives when I go to my friends' and I cook there, so my knives have experience with lots of cutting boards.)
- Chopping parsley, cilantro, etc., is much better with this board because (I gather) the knife edge sinks into the end-grain and makes a full cut of the thin leafs.
CONs: - It is heavy, so if you want to lift the whole board to transfer what you have chopped to, say, a pot on the range, you have to be reasonably strong.
- It is almost 3 inches high, so it makes the cutting surface higher. I'm 5'11" and I prefer the higher surface, but a shorter person might hate it.