There are several types of chopsticks that are used around the world. One of the most common types is the traditional Japanese chopsticks, known as “hashi” in Japanese. These chopsticks are typically made from bamboo or wood and are around 9 inches long. They are tapered at one end and have a smooth surface.
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Another type of chopsticks is the Chinese chopsticks, which are similar to Japanese chopsticks but are usually slightly longer, around 10 inches long. They are also made from bamboo or wood but are often thicker and have a rougher surface. Chinese chopsticks are also often square or rectangular in shape, whereas Japanese chopsticks are usually round.
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Reusable chopsticks are also becoming increasingly popular. These chopsticks are often made from materials such as plastic, stainless steel, and even glass. These chopsticks are environmentally friendly as they can be washed and reused multiple times, unlike disposable chopsticks which are used only once. Some reusable chopsticks come with a case for easy storage and can be a great travel companion.
A fourth type of chopsticks are the Korean chopsticks, which are known as “sot-dae-guk-gi” in Korean. These chopsticks are usually made of metal and are around 10 inches long. They have a smooth surface and are often plated with silver or gold. They are typically used for special occasions and are often given as gifts to guests.
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Here at the Cutlery Review we are big fans of Fortessa Flatware.
Fortessa tableware is used by over 70% of the Forbes Four and Five-Star Hotels in North America. Fortessa flatware is made from heavyweight 18/10 stainless steel, the highest quality available for flatware. The company Fortessa has a great backstory:
“Some of our happiest memories happen around the table – shared stories, savory meals, warm laughter. And sometimes, as was the case for brothers Scott and Eric Hamberger, devising a plan to follow their entrepreneurial passion and start a family business. So, in 1993 after finding inspiration in the quality and craftsmanship of fine German porcelain, the Hamberger brothers started importing and selling high quality dinnerware direct out of their parents’ garage.”
This new set “Fortessa Bistro” came to our attention recently. It has a simple elegance. Made of 18/10 dishwasher safe stainless steel this 20 piece set includes 4 each of a table fork, salad/dessert fork, table knife, dessert/soup spoon, and a coffee/tea spoon. The design features a banded cuff at the base and top of each handle.
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In our search for double ended spoons we came across this wooden tasting spoon. There is something about using wooden cutlery that just seems “right”. Flatware that is wooden feels better on the teeth, lips and tongue. And for tasting were it could be hot food, wood is better than hot metal.
This double ended wooden tasting spoon by Louisiana Roux Spoon seems to be just the thing: “Chefs of the South use this tool for tasting their seasoning adjustments while creating their cuisines. The Louisiana Tasting Spoon is 11 inches long and made of Southern Pine. To Use simply dip the larger spoon well into your sauce or broth tilting it ever so slightly, the hot liquid flows down the center channel cooling gathering into the smaller well making for the perfect taste.”
This whole tilting down the center channel idea is new to us and something we really want to try!
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We went looking for a “Double Ended Spoon”, don’t ask why. But this is what we found from our friends at “Joseph Joseph“, who make incredible stuff.
Made of nylon that is heat resistant up to 480 degrees F / 240 degrees C and is of course completely dishwasher safe. This isn’t just two spoons, it’s a slotted spoon, solid spoon, spatula, turner, and a cutting tool (see the serrations on the side of it?). This is a spoon, knife, scooper extravaganza of cutlery.
This is a multi-tasker worthy of the name. It’s great in the kitchen for working in Teflon pans and even better for camping and hiking!
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