This is Highly Recommend, a column dedicated to what people in the food industry are obsessed with eating, drinking, and buying right now.
Like many people, I’m coming to you live from a marathon stretch of picnics, takeout, and other outdoor dining activities. The past seven months have taught me one thing: You never know when you’ll need a fork, especially when eating with your hands is inadvisable. I’ll do just about anything to avoid the guilt of disposable cutlery, but after failing to remember to make a pit stop at my cutlery drawer before leaving my apartment one too many times, I got a bit desperate. Trust me when I say that attempting to eat mac and cheese with a butter knife is simply not worth the stress.
But lately, Final’s spork has been a regular in my bag. In a feat of trademarked engineering, the full-sized stainless steel utensil collapses down into a palm-sized silicone container, protected from leaky bottles of hand sanitizer, inky pens, and whatever else is jostling around in my tote bag. When lunchtime arrives, it unfolds with a pleasant snap, unfurling from discrete metal joints with the momentum of a brand-new umbrella. And although it’s just one drop in the single-use plastic bucket, it feels good to skip the disposable stuff.
This collapsible cutlery tech comes for forks too, but if you haven’t handled a spork since elementary school, let me remind you of its benefits before you cast it aside. The wide curve is perfect for cradling soft serve or potato salad, the tines are sharp enough to capture stray cherry tomatoes or crisped chickpeas making a break for the grass. In other words, it can handle just about any takeout situation that doesn’t require chopsticks or a steak knife. I’ll even break out my spork on restaurant patios when the dinky cutlery on hand isn’t up to the task of tackling my lunch.
I never thought I’d be sitting down to wax poetic about a collapsible spork. But in a year of plot twists worthy of a R.L. Stein choose-your-own-adventure novel, at least I know I’ll have a spork handy.
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