There has been a debate brewing for years over which utensil material is better: wooden or bamboo. Both have been around for many, many years and both get the job done. If you are wondering which one to buy then read on to learn some of the great things about bamboo utensils.
Bamboo is completely biodegradable, which means they can be disposed of outside (landfills for example) and not hurt the environment. Wooden utensils can years to actually break down, think of all the dead trees you see dotted along the landscape. These trees do not produce green leaves, but they do not simply break down and absorb back into the earth.
Bamboo is stronger than wood which makes it last longer. How many times have you had a wooden spoon crack or break on you while in the middle of using it? The answer is probably more often than not. Some people actually shy away from using a wood spoon to stir anything but liquids for the that very reason. For example: you are making cookies, once the mixing of ingredients reaches the dough stage, a wooden spoon can break under the pressure of the stiff dough!
If the wooden utensil cracks, there is always the fear of having tiny wooden splinters fall into the food. Seriously, who wants that much fiber in their diet? With bamboo utensils, you can dig into that cookie dough with confidence. The strength of bamboo also ensures that you will not have to replace utensils very often because they do not wear out as fast as wooden ones.
Bamboo is stain resistant from normal cooking and baking. No stains, major plus here! Anyone who has used wooden utensils regularly, can attest to the fact that they stain easily. Those stains end up making the utensil look dingy, no matter how hard you scrub it. The simple fact is, using stained, dingy looking utensils in the kitchen makes you feel like the food is going to somehow be contaminated. It can also be embarrassing to have other people see your stained wooden utensils. The paranoia can set in and you might wonder what they are thinking about when they have dinner at your house!
Bamboo grows much faster than trees do, therefore it takes less time to replenish bamboo than trees. This makes the use of bamboo even more sensible. Bamboo is actually a grass, which naturally grows faster than a tree. Think of it this way: you can wipe out a section of bamboo and turn it into utensils, then plant more and have the section filled in within a very short amount of time as opposed to years that it takes for trees to grow back.
There really is no competition between wooden and bamboo utensils; bamboo wins hands down. Bamboo is environmentally friendly, durable and stain resistant; what more could want out of your utensils? Oh, by the way, bamboo utensils are actually affordable too! It is a win win situation.