Next time you’re upgrading your kitchenware, choose bamboo utensils over plastic. Bamboo utensils are all-natural, durable, and eco-friendly.
Despite being a grass (which is why it grows so fast), bamboo looks like wood.
Wooden-like appearances decorate your home with a natural look. Bamboo is a great accent color for a kitchen as it brightens up your space with a pop of color.
The benefits of bamboo as a material over say… metal or plastic, are plenty. Especially when it comes to utensils.
Overall, bamboo is heat-resistant, scratch-resistant, biodegradable, travel-friendly, and attractive in the kitchen.
So, here are the 10 best bamboo utensils to add to your kitchen.
Let’s get started.
Best Bamboo Utensils Set – Oceanstar Design 7 Piece Cooking Utensil Set
Complete with a bamboo crock holder, every utensil essential you need is covered under this one purchase.
It makes a great gift idea for college students, or anyone living on their own for the first time.
A bamboo utensil set would also be a good match for someone looking to replace their current plastic utensil lineup with plastic-free alternatives.
Included in the 7-piece bamboo utensil set are 3 cooking spoons, 2 spatulas, and 1 cooking fork.
Best Bamboo Utensils Holder
Cut at an angle, this utensils holder by Bamboo MN is designed with convenience in mind.
Utensils are firmly held in place by a high-rise back.
Thanks to a cut-out front section, your kitchen essentials remain easily seen. You can quickly choose the right utensil for your needs.
If you drop it on the floor it won’t shatter. In fact, bamboo is shatter-resistant. Bamboo is more durable than ceramic. It’s lighter too.
Rest easy knowing the manufacturing of this bamboo utensil holder is cutting down on emissions.
Bamboo MN, the company that manufactures the product, states “nearly every part of the plant is used to make a wide variety of products of which we offer.”
Made with minimal processing, this utensil holder is eco-friendly. It even looks like the crock was made from a single stalk of bamboo.
It’s designed and shipped from Minnesota. Made with no pesticides.
Best Bamboo Spatula – Totally Bamboo 14″ Lambootensil Bamboo Spatula
This 100% pure bamboo spatula has a high tensile strength and is made from a single source of organically grown bamboo.
And while it’s durable, this kitchen utensil won’t scratch your pots and pans. In fact, it’s specifically compatible with non-stick cookware.
The organic spatula is 14” long and comes with an angled flat head. Designing the bamboo spatula’s head at an angle makes turning and flipping food easier.
Additionally, food can also be conveniently separated or cut by the angled edge.
Totally Bamboo’s products are always high-end and made of quality materials you can trust.
Located out of San Marcos in California, Totally Bamboo is a family-owned company bringing eco-friendly products into the homes of families like theirs.
This spatula is made of 100% organic bamboo and creates zero waste for landfills once it reaches the end of its lifespan.
Best Bamboo Mixing Spoon – SUR LA TABLE BAMBOO SPOON
This Sur La Table bamboo cooking spoon is 8” inches long.
You can also purchase this bamboo mixing spoon in selections of 12” or 15”.
There is a small hole at the top of these kitchen utensils to allow for easy hanging and small kitchen storage.
Hand wash. Won’t scratch pans.
Best Bamboo Whisk
In recent years, I've tried to decrease my dependency on coffee by replacing my coffee addiction with a matcha latte addiction.
Can’t say I regret it.
Overall, I find that matcha provides a more stable energy boost.
Green tea provides me with a similar jolt of energy that I get from coffee, but without the crash.
To make your own matcha latte at home, use a nice matcha latte mix (I like Vital Proteins) and combine your matcha powder with water using this whisk.
Whisking your tea creates froth. Then, you can add creamer or milk to your matcha to make the latte a latte.
When you’re done and your whisk is no longer in use, you can store it in the whisk holder that comes with your purchase.
It’s available in 3 colors: black, white, and speckled red.
Bamboo MN makes this whisk from 100% bamboo.
Hand wash whisk. Holder is dishwasher-safe.
Best Bamboo Tongs – Bambu Grilling Tongs
If you’re into grilling or creating stir-fry recipes, these Bambu Grilling Tongs will be a great match.
They’re made of organic bamboo and won’t transfer heat like metal tongs.
You won’t have to worry about burning your hand while using these. In fact, bamboo is heat-resistant.
Bambu Grilling Tongs won’t scratch surfaces and are safe for pans and surfaces you don’t want abraded.
A natural food-grade certified organic oil that’s derived from flaxseed was used to finish this product. (To learn more about finishing and how to care for your bamboo, please scroll to the end of this article).
Organic. Bio-based. Hand wash for longer life.
Best Bamboo Colander – Ekobo White Recycled Bamboo Colander and Pour Bowl Set
Ekobo’s Colander and Pour Set is a two-step colander system.
The pour set catches water from the colander so you can wash off your fruit and pastas, before letting it drain.
When you aren’t using this pour set you can store the two pieces together by stacking them on top of one another. The colander can be put on top of the pour-out bowl.
It comes in a pretty white neutral color. But, don’t be fooled! The bowls are still made of bamboo. They’re actually made from recycled bamboo fibers!
It’s made of mixed materials, including resin.
The catch-all dish allows you to cut back on wasteful water use to make consumers more aware of how much water is being used. The water left behind in the catch-all dish can be reused to water plants, etc., if applicable.
Dishwasher safe and made BPA-, PVC- and phthalates-free.
Best Bamboo Measuring Cups – Bamboozle Measuring Cups & Spoons
Biodegradable bamboo fibers were used in the manufacturing of these measuring cups by Bamboozle. They're sold in a pack of 8, including measurements of 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, and 1 tbsp.
They’re durable, dishwasher safe, and easy to clean.
The measuring cups come in three colors: Tonal Grey, Pastel, and Thistle. Tonal Grey is just one color of grey, Pastel is a mix of green, blue, cream, and grey, and Thistle is dark blue, light blue, dark purple, and light purple.
You can store these with the ball chain ring these measuring cups come with. Or, you can unhook the ring and store these cups individually inside a drawer. Up to you!
They have small holes at the top so you’ll always be able to hang them in a variety of ways. You can play around with your storage preferences.
Best Bamboo Steamer – IKEA KLOCKREN Steamer
A steamer is an excellent addition to your kitchenware and really opens up recipe possibilities.
You can use this 9” x 6” steamer to cook collards, kale, squash, fish, chicken, etc.
It has two distinct sections. Or, 2 layers where you can steam multiple things at once.
The Klockren steamer holds 5 quarts.
Best Bamboo Cutlery
I recently wrote an article recommending several types of bamboo cutlery and bamboo cutlery sets.
Since bamboo is such a lightweight material, bamboo cutlery sets make for great travel accessories.
It’s easy to store a small, reusable bamboo cutlery set in your car for when you’re eating out. That way, when you’re getting takeout, you minimize your dependency on disposable plastic.
The lightweight quality of bamboo is also beneficial when using reusable bamboo cutlery at home. Ease of portability makes bamboo the ultimate choice for an outdoor flatware set at a picnic.
Because bamboo cutlery tends to be minimally processed, bamboo flatware is often 100% biodegradable.
This is a huge win for single-use, disposable cutlery. Disposable bamboo cutlery outperforms plastic and is much better for sustainability.
When made of 100% bamboo, disposable bamboo cutlery is 100% biodegradable. After composting, it will break down in a matter of months.
That’s just a few months for zero waste biodegradable bamboo compared to single-use plastic — which can take up to 500 years to decompose!
Disposable bamboo cutlery is the obvious choice over plastics.
It performs better, is way more eco-friendly, and if left raw and untreated it’s 100% compostable.
How to Care For Your Bamboo Utensils
Using a product like Royal Craft Wood's food grade mineral oil will protect your bamboo utensils from the simple wear and tear that takes place over time.
Bambu’s oil blend is 100% food-safe and free of GMO ingredients. It’s free of heavy metals, chemical processing, petroleum distillates, and bleaching.
The Bamboo & Wood Grain Finishing won’t harm the ozone because it’s made with a non-ozone depleting formula. Which is also biodegradable!
Without oiling, bamboo may splinter. Bacteria could grow between the cracks. It’s also important to make sure you are cleaning and disinfecting your bamboo utensils to prevent a buildup of bacteria.
Applying a little oil from time to time will help preserve your most-loved items.
Take a look at this informative YouTube video by The Happy Bubble on how to clean and care for your bamboo utensils.
There are a lot of benefits to choosing bamboo utensils over plastic or metal. My two favorites are sustainability and heat transference.
Bamboo is way more sustainable than plastic. We’re comparing something that will break down in 500 years (if ever) to bamboo which will biodegrade on its own.
A heat-resistant bamboo spoon won’t burn your hand the same way that a metal spoon might, should you leave it touching a hot pan.