I’ve been working hard on your behalf and I wanted you to know that up front. I’ve been chopping, mincing and cutting my little heart out.
You see, not too long ago, I was contacted by Totally Bamboo and asked to test their cutting boards. I love cutting boards. Because my kitchen counters are made up of small tile, I use boards for everything, from the dicing and slicing to kneading dough and rolling pastry.
So, since boards are a major part of my cooking life, I headed over to Totally Bamboo’s site so I could learn more about them and decide if I wanted to give their equipment a try.
If you ever decided to have a bamboo patch in your yard, you already know what a mistake that was. It’s exotic, yes. It’s very cool looking, yes. But it takes over everything, and very quickly. For landscapers, that’s bad. For a sustainable product, it’s amazing.
In addition to being easy to grow and harvest, bamboo is also very strong. My friends, I have abused my boards. On purpose. I’ve been heavy-handed with my chopping. I’ve dropped them. I’ve let them soak in water. I’ve spilled tomato sauce on them, on purpose. I even let it dry on them, on purpose.
The sauce wiped right off. I didn’t even need to use the scrungy side. They were no worse for wear from being dropped, chopped and abused. Heck, I was half-tempted to drive the car over them just to see if I could make a dent.
The cutting boards have bamboo on one side for cutting fruits and vegetables and non-absorbing, stain resistant polyurethane, on the other for cutting meats, fish and poultry. Their slim, lightweight design makes them perfect to take along to barbecues, picnics, or the beach.
The boards are also excellent for slicing cucumbers and onions, which was a good thing today.
It doesn’t get much easier, folks. Grab a Poly-Boo cutting board and knife for slicing the onion and cucumber, a colander to drain the lightly salted cucumber, and a bowl to mix everything in. That’s it.
I believe there are two foods that cry out summer and freshness as soon as their cut into and release their aromas. The first is watermelon and the second is its cousin, cucumbers. I adore cucumber salads of all kinds, as does Dudette, so this salad was a winner from the start. It use of rice vinegar keeps the flavor focused on the cukes and dill, which is great. Dudette, who isn’t a fan of raw onions, has finally learned that they are a necessary ‘evil’ if a dish is going to taste the way she likes it, so she accepted the onions in her salad even though she picked them out. They flavored it without overpowering it.
Unfortunately, my dill isn’t big enough to harvest yet and the spot where it should have been in the grocery story was empty so I had to use dried dill (I used a teaspoon). It was still delicious.
What I’d Do Different Next Time
- 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- Toss onion with 1 tablespoon vinegar; set aside. Place cucumbers in a colander and toss with ¼ teaspoons salt. Drain for 10 minutes. Pat dry.
- Mix onion and cucumbers in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil and remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar. Add dill; season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
The folks at Totally Bamboo have generously offered to make a cutting board available to you too. In addition to giving me a set to test, they’re willing give one to a winner of my next giveaway.
Be careful though. If you try a bamboo cutting board, you’ll be hooked on the stuff. I am. I own cutting boards, bowls, utensils, and even kitchen clothes, all made of bamboo. But I want more and my wish list is long. I want the Pizza Peel. I want the large Euro Bowl. I want the Puzzle Party Platters. Hubby, Christmas really isn’t that far away, you know (hint, hint).
If you’d like test a bamboo cutting board, all you have to do is enter to win. Simply use the Rafflecopter entry form below. This giveaway is a sweepstakes. Open to USA residents and to persons over age 18. Sweepstakes will end 6/15/13 at 11:59 pm EDT. Winner(s) will be chosen by random, announced here, and will be contacted by email. Winner(s) must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen and the original winner will forfeit their winnings. Good luck!