4 Totally Awesome Eating Utensils

by Eden on July 18, 2012

You know that scene in Titanic where Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) attempts to learn all the utensils used in a formal dinner?

The salad fork from my dessert fork, soup spoon from my whatever-the-hell-the-other-spoon-is-used-for.

"Let's all stare at the poor kid as he tries to eat"

I’ve never had that formal of a meal where I needed to know that.

My lack of formal dining knowledge aside, I do think eating utensils are facinating as they differ from clture and cuisine. So today, I’m sharing with you my top 5 favorite eating utensils:

 

4. Spork

First of all, just the name of this utensil deserves an award or something.

Sporks are very trendy to like. They’re like the hipster version of utensil. I’m not going to try to be “anti-conformity” and be all,

“Everyone likes sporks, so I won’t!”

Fuck that.

When a utensil has an actual cult following, its gotta be awesome. It’s not only hilarious but extremly useful. Scooping, spooning, digging, and of course, a good for stabbing.

 

3. Straws

Seriously, what’s more fun than sucking down a beverage with a giant, silly swirly straw? Not much. Maybe silly cats USING straws.

And how about those giant Boba Tea straws? So much fun and perfect for super thick shakes or smoothies. Straws always add an appropraite level of immaturity and fun.

 

2. Plastic Spoons
It seems that most food bloggers eat with teeny tiny tasting spoons.

call me in a few years when you finish your yogurt

While I’m not a fan of eating ice cream from a giant spoon, I don’t like teeny tiny baby spoons that serve up a whopping pea-sized amount per bite.

What I do love are plastic spoons.

However, I only use them for ice cream or other frozen concoctions like yogurt or sorbet. I like their flexibility and most of all, the lack of metallic taste that usually comes when eating super cold food with metal spoons. Anything that makes ice cream more enjoyable and involves “spooning” is awesome.

 

1. Hands 

Sure, eating with your hands is often frowned upon and perceived as immature or unsanitary, but its highly encouraged in some cultures. It’s “hands down” (pun very much intended) my favorite untensil because:

  • its free
  • its portable
  • you’ll never lose it

In countries like Morocco and Ethiopia, eating with your hands is customary.

Before your hypochondria sets in, relax because they usually eat with one hand and leave the other as the “dirty” hand. I also think they Purell the hell out of their hand after they pick their wedgies or their noses.

They better have purell on that ship.

 

What are your favorite utensils? Are there any ones you wish would be invented? Are you totally grossed out by eating with your hands?

 

 

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Lisa July 18, 2012 at 3:32 am

I LOVE PLASTIC SPOONS! I use them in every spoon-requiring occasion, mostly because I cannot stand the sound of a metal spoon scraping a bowl. Yuck yuck yuck.

I collect plastic spoons too…like the ones they give you at FroYo…I put in a napkin and bring to my house!

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Amanda July 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

I love sporks. Part of why I go to KFC. The only downside is it’s much harder to poke an eye out with a spork than a fork. Oh, well.

I like straws – but I actually prefer mine a little smaller than the ones they use for the boba tea (I also don’t like boba tea, though…so my opinion problem doesn’t matter much on that).

I like plastic spoons, but mine always break when I try to eat ice cream with them! Guess I should show some restraint and maybe let the ice cream thaw a little first…? Nah. What does drive me nuts though, is when the little ice cream cups come with wooden spoons. GROSS. I can always taste the wood (same with popsicles, kabobs, etc.) Besides, what if I get a splinter?!?!

I think fingers are the best utensils. Most of my favorite foods are finger foods (oh, who am I kidding? I use my hands even for foods that aren’t finger foods). Except ice cream..not a finger food. I tried. Didn’t work so well. I’m also not scared of germs. I do wash my hands before eating, but I don’t avoid holding the salt shaker in a restaurant or anything.

There’s not any that I wish would be invented. Unless they wanted to add a knife to the spork. Maybe on the handle? Oh, wait…that’s where my hand goes. Darn.

PS – have you seen/tried the new milk-flavoring straws? Just wondering if they’re any good…

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Eden July 18, 2012 at 9:49 am

I wash before eating and to be honest, I think most germs come from the bottom of people’s purses. How often do people wash their purses?

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 18, 2012 at 9:34 am

My favourite utensils are definitely chop sticks. I use them often.

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Sana July 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

All Indian food it eaten via hands and I LOVE IT! I swear everything tastes better, however I sometimes eat American food with my hands and realize that not everyone is cool with it.

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Eden July 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

ugh, I cant stand chop sticks. I never can deliver enought food into my mouth!

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Ryan July 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

I always drink with a straw, but ever since I saw Crazy Stupid Love I feel a little awkward using one in public…does Ryan Gosling think I look like I’ve got a schwanz in my mouth? Oh well, I don’t give a fuck.

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Mike @ Midwestern Bite July 18, 2012 at 10:04 am

Since you’re talking awesome utensils, let’s talk very non awesome utensils.

Sorry Jolene, but chopsticks top that list. When I see someone using chop sticks, I instantly think they do it to be pretentious. The only other option is they’re ridiculously stubborn and want everyone to know it. Either way, not awesome.

Using chopsticks is like being blind your whole life, magically gaining your sight, and then choosing to walk around blindfolded. Or it’s like selling your car and only riding a mule like it’s the year 500 B.C.

Use a fork! It’s 2012!

(Again, nothing personal against you Jolene, just everyone who uses chopsticks.)

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Megan @ Braise The Roof July 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Ok, do they make non-disposable sporks yet? Because someone should get on that. I agree with the plastic spoon thing, too. I hate eating ice cream with a metal spoon. I think my favorite utensil(s) is/are chopsticks. For everything but sushi. That I like to eat with my hands. (Seriously, though, eating salads with chopsticks is the very best way to eat salads.)

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umbrellasr4sissies July 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

i was stuck in a situation with no spoon 4 yogurt so i used the foil lid as like a scrape spoon, a scroopoon. So i guess that’s an invention.

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Ellen July 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

In the privacy of my own home, I totally have my hands all over my food. There is something so…satisfying about it.
I also like using long ice tea spoons because I have a small mouth, so they just feel more comfortable. I don’t like those big soup spoons.
And chopsticks are fun.

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Ellen July 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Fun to me, anyway. Now I’m going back and reading the other comments and seeing there is a lot of chopstick hatred going on…

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Selwyn July 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Spooning leads to forking! Use Condiments!

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Eden July 19, 2012 at 1:10 am

I saw that on a bumper sticker.

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Kaila July 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I have a really weird habit of eating almond butter with a shrimp fork. (I wish I could say I was making this up…)

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Eden July 19, 2012 at 1:11 am

I love using shrimp forks to eat strawberries.

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