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Forum topic by woodnut2 posted 04-15-2009 03:50 PM 1655 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2009 03:50 PM

Is sycamore a “food safe” wood for salad bowls? What common woods would you recommend for “food safe” salad bowls?

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#1 posted 04-15-2009 04:27 PM

Sycamore is frequently used for traditional end-grain butcher blocks.
It makes nice bowls when the wood is properly cured.
Sycamore has a tendency to split at the rings.

Maple is always a good salad bowl wood.
Avoid spalted maple, since that involves a fungal growth,e.g. Aspergillus niger.

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#2 posted 04-15-2009 04:28 PM

You can use sycamore for salad bowls. The more important aspect is the finish you use. For items that are going to be used for food I usually use mineral oil or food safe butcher block oil. Behlens also makes a good salad bowl oil. Nut oils can go rancid if not properly applied or taken care of. Water is a wooden item’s worst enemy – all wooden utensils should be clean with soap and water (never a dishwasher) and dried thoroughly. Another coat of finish can be applied if they become dull. Most other finishes are safe for wooden food items, but I always go back to mineral oil or butcher block oil.

Most native hardwoods can be used for food safe bowls and platters. Maple, Ash, Cherry and Walnut are my favorites.

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#3 posted 04-15-2009 04:53 PM

Sycamore is fine. There is a salad bowl finish out there called “salad bowl finish.” It’s okay, but I use Mylands and once dry, it works great.

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