The Heretic’s Fork – Cutlery Gone Wrong

heretics fork

Sometimes we push the limits of the definition of “cutlery” here at The Cutlery Review. We don’t post about knives much because they are a world unto themselves. It’s like the world of wine but we don’t like red, you get it? So cutlery sometimes includes kitchen gadgets, sometimes it’s things that hold cutlery. It’s our blog and we blog about what we want and most of the time it’s cutlery, flatware, utensils, tableware, silverware or whatever it’s called at home. Whether it’s a fork, spoon, knife, spork or knork we’ll cover it.

But we acknowledge that this time we are pushing it a little. I mean, it is a fork. Just look at the picture above. It’s a nice shiny chrome fork. But how it’s used is rather medieval, actually it’s actually medieval. How it is used puts the “evil” in medieval. You looked ahead to the next picture didn’t you? Cheater.

heretics fork

So ya, that’s how it’s to be used.

Here’s the definition:

“A medieval torture device which consisted of a two-sided fork which would be strapped to the victims neck so that any movement of the jaw caused extreme pain.”

Nice huh? Not something we would want to wear. Oh, you do? OK, we don’t judge. What ever you do with your cutlery at home is your business.

Here’s a link to buy a nice fancy one (ADULTS ONLY):

Leather and Stainless Steel Heretics Fork from Amazon

UCO Switch Spork – It’s 3 in 1

UCO Switch Spork

It’s that time of year to start planning for summer camping trips. Yes, it seems early but you should always plan to plan they say. Camping locally will be a big thing again this year and we plan to do as much as possible.

One thing we noticed last year was while trying to eat out of those dehydrated meals is that you needed at long spoon. And a fork and sometimes a knife. All three of these in metal adds to our weight and we are ultra-light hikers. So this piece of swiss-army style cutlery looked to do the job. And it’s perfect for Bring Your Own Cutlery (BYOC) as well.

This camping spork utensil set made by UCO is a full-size fork and a full-size knife/spoon combo. The tricky cool part is that this cutlery can be used separately or connected end-to-end for use as a prep and serving piece or digging to the bottom of the foil food bags. The spoon and knife nests securely with the fork for storage and transport. An included bungee tether can be used to attach set to a backpack or mess kit. Made of dishwasher safe BPA and phthalate-free they are high-strength with reinforced glass nylon for durability and temperature resistance. And your choice of 7 colors!

UCO Switch Spork 2-Piece Integrated Camping Utensil Set from Amazon

Copper Scoop or Ladle or Spoon? AKA The Alice Waters Egg Spoon

Copper Scoop or Ladle or Spoon

Yes, that is a very long title for a blog post but I have a lot to say. First that this post brings me nothing but emotional and physical pain. Why you ask? Because my gallbladder hates me and I can’t eat eggs anymore. But that doesn’t mean I can’t talk about them.

So about 10 years ago there was a lot of hoopla about Alice Waters and her amazing new method of cooking an egg in a spoon over an open fire. She says this about it:

“I liked that feeling of watching it and holding it,” Ms. Waters said in a recent interview. “It’s not like cooking it in a pan. You just feel like you’re really in charge of it. It’s so elemental. It’s really primitive, in a way.”

You can read more at the NY Times article. And yes, she has a preferred spoon it seems. It’s the Rome’s 1024 Family Campfire Cast Iron Skillet with Steel and Wood Handle, 6-Inch from Amazon.

But to be honest, what got us digging around about metal spoons, ladles or scoops (use what name you prefer) was these copper ones pictured above. But first we did some research and whether frying in copper was ok. According to this article from Food52.com:

“And while we have you, a rumor we’d like to dispel: Copper is 100% safe to cook in, so long as it is lined with another, non-reactive metal (and most copper cookware is). Most commonly, you’ll find linings made of nickel, tin, or stainless steel.”

So we like these copper spoons that come as a set of four:

Small: 7. 5″L x 1. 5″W & . 5″ deep / Handle 6″ long
Medium: 9. 5″L x 2″W & . 75″ deep / Handle 7. 25″ long
Large: 10. 5″L x 2. 5″W & . 75″ deep / Handle 8″ long

And that way you aren’t just cooking eggs but can use it for all sorts of things.

Creative Co-op Copper Hammer Textured Scoops & Smooth Handles (Set of 4 Sizes in Drawstring Bag) Ladles from Amazon

Sesame Street Cutlery

One of our readers (ok, it was actually my Sister-in-Law) sent us this link from the folks over at Reddit in the mildlyinteresting sub-reddit.

Everyone in the discussion seems to be losing their mind about the Sesame Street Cutlery shown above. The Spoon Big Bird, Fork Bert and Knife Ernie are a good looking set of flatware to say the least.

We’ve looked everywhere and are unable to source them for sale unless you want a second hand set from e-bay. I doubt they are dishwasher safe and to be completely honest they are probably made from old school pewter with lead or some other junk metal. Hopefully not. But it they do it would explain the antics over at Reddit.

The discussion about this cutlery we linked to above at Reddit went so far off the rails that this happened:

It seems if you start to talk about treasured childhood icons people really start to lose their minds.

So, what can I learn from this about cutlery you ask? Well, we did learn that children really get possessive about things like the flatware they eat with. To that point that they would refuse to eat anything at all without their magical Big Bird Spoon. So firstly make sure to buy three sets of said magic cutlery when they show this tendency. And second make sure to carry a set in your bag when you are out and about eating at a restaurant or as a guest.

And that’s…