Bamboo utensils: properties and features of application
When it comes to using bamboo in everyday life, the first thing that comes to mind is the increasingly popular flooring in the form of parquet boards, as well as strong and stylish furniture.
Not everyone knows that the kitchen equipment can also be provided with bamboo. The assortment of such utensils is far from being limited by the usual cutting boards and blades with Teflon coating.
The myth that dishes made of this material has a rude appearance and is not suitable for the interior of every kitchen, is easy to refute. Cutlery, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, salad bowls, disposable dishes made of bamboo are struck by the riot of colors and a variety of shapes.
Bamboo in everyday life
Bamboo used in the home for thousands of years. Young shoots used it as food, used as a remedy, built houses, bridges, fences, manufactured furniture and clothes, headgear and wickerwork, writing supplies and paper, weapons and containers for bulk products, handles for umbrellas and bags , rods.
In the USA, a hundred years ago, people rode around the cities on light bicycles with a bamboo frame.
Bamboo in many traditional oriental cultures has become a symbol of friendship, longevity, strength, indestructibility. In some countries of Asia and did believe that the appearance of mankind on Earth obliged this amazing plant.
In European culture, this material is again gaining a well-deserved popularity, slowly but surely replacing ubiquitous plastic from occupied positions. People learn more about a healthy lifestyle and are eager to get rid of things that can harm the health and well-being of the environment. Therefore, dishes made of bamboo and cause such a high interest among consumers.
Strong sides of cookware made of bamboo
Buyers need to know before the purchase, for what cases will fit dishes made of bamboo. Properties, features of the use of such utensils and mandatory requirements for the care of it - all these moments deserve special attention and consideration.
When dishes are made of natural materials, this in itself is already its dignity. Producers claim that even brightly painted, it consists of natural raw materials by 99%.
In addition, the advantages of such products are:
- special aesthetics, bright colors and stylish appearance;
- light weight;
- impact resistance;
- low price;
- antiseptic properties of the material;
- absence of harmful emissions in food;
- the absence of foreign odors, the preservation of the natural flavor of food;
- heat-insulating properties;
- spoons and spoons do not scratch the surface of the saucepan and pan covered with teflon;
- dishes made of bamboo are not covered with stains from food and do not absorb odors and liquids;
- remains smooth for many years, unlike wood and plastic;
- the color coating does not fade even after repeated washing.
Weak points of eco-ware
But are the dishes made of bamboo really good only? Fissman - a popular kitchen utensils store - recommends that you take care of eco-tableware carefully:
- wash products with a soft sponge with a liquid detergent or in a solution of soapy water;
- it is forbidden to use any abrasive agents;
- before washing in a dishwasher, you should carefully read the recommendations of the manufacturer of the unit and dishes;
- storage of liquids for two or more hours in bamboo vessels can be fraught with biodegradation of the latter;
- the possibility of using in a microwave oven depends on the recommendation of the manufacturer of dishes;
- such dishes can not be used for too hot foods (more than 75 degrees);
- do not put it on electric heaters and cooking surfaces.
Possessing many advantages, in return it requires special care. Despite its versatility, dishes made of bamboo can only replace cutlery and dining accessories, but not utensils for cooking.
What kind of dishes can be?
There are dishes for repeated use and disposable, with patterns applied in color paints, and natural textures, covered with a clear varnish.
Appearance and use of products depend on the manufacturing technology.
Technology of making dishes from bamboo
Bamboo is a light renewable natural resource. This plant grows at a speed that affects the imagination. Within an hour the stem stretches out to three centimeters.
Even the cut stems placed in the water continue to grow, like the hemp left after harvesting bamboo. From the point of view of economic and ecological efficiency, it is almost an ideal raw material.
For the production of dishes intended for repeated use, only shoots are taken. The ground pulp is hot pressed into the required molds and, depending on the design, covered with a transparent food varnish (to preserve the natural pattern) or colored food enamel, which has water repellent and bactericidal properties.
To impart utensils of high aesthetic properties, the dishes are painted with bright colors, made with the addition of permitted food colors and soy.
Unfair producers, striving to cash in on the hobby of people with environmentally friendly goods, instead of hot pressing use very questionable adhesive compounds, which impregnate a lot of sawdust of unknown origin.
Covered with painted glaze, such utensils can have an attractive appearance, but together with it and an unpleasant feature it is possible to release harmful substances into food. Therefore, inattention to the choice of the manufacturer can cost the buyer not only money, but also health.
Disposable tableware made of bamboo
Biodegradability is the main advantage of disposable food accessories made of this material.
Bamboo plates and cups can put an end to the age-old dispute between fans of paper and plastic disposable dishes, because they have the best qualities of both.
The aesthetics of this utensils will be to the liking of lovers of a healthy lifestyle, connoisseurs of natural objects of everyday life and fighters for the purity of recreational facilities in nature.
Even if an unexpected downpour will make the holidaymakers leave the picnic place and will not allow quickly to collect the used disposable dishes behind them, as it often happens, to the great regret of more responsible tourists, nature itself will clean up, quickly processing bamboo fiber.
In the range of disposable dishes, not only glasses and plates suitable for use in nature and buffets, but also forks, skewers for canapés, tubules for cocktails, toothpicks, skewers, bar peaks, dowel sticks for confectionery products, sushi sticks, playmates, sticks-mixers and even napkins.
If the choice of the buyer was a dish of bamboo, reviews of real consumers will interest him in the first place. Most people who expressed an opinion on this kitchen utensils give a high appraisal of its consumer properties.
Few disappointed indicate that they expected the accessories to be unbreakable at all. Some experimenters deliberately put products in microwave ovens to find out what will happen. Most of the testers kept all the consumer qualities, some burned. Unfortunately, not all the people who left the reviews indicated the brand of the manufacturer.
Mistresses who used it for their intended purpose and in accordance with the recommendations of the manufacturer, did not complain about the cracks and chips in the process of operation.
Utensils from pressed bamboo became a fashionable trend among owners of cafes arranged in accordance with the ecological concept, sushi bars, restaurants of ethnic cuisine and children's entertainment centers.
Inexpensive utensils are durable, have a presentable appearance and become a highlight of the establishment, raising the service to a new level.
Let's summarize the results. Having appeared several years ago, the dishes made of bamboo quickly won their admirers and took the leading position in the niche of eco-ware in the market of kitchen accessories.