Everyone has the basic set of cutlery in their house. Of course they usually have a large butcher’s knife and bread knife. And in most cases you have a serving spoon. But where is the serving fork? I’m not talking about the two pronged carving fork. Many cultures when eating using only a fork and spoon.
Think about trying to serve coleslaw with two large spoons, now think about using a large spoon and the serving fork shown here. Trust me, it just works better. And you will find you use it for more than just serving, try using it instead of a spatula when turning fish while frying.
This is one of the least seen but more useful pieces of cutlery in the kitchen arsenal. Dishwasher safe, stainless steel and handy as all get out.
4-Tine Meat Fork Stainless Steel
OK, yes I know, Vera Wang is all about fashion (wedding dresses are what I know about). But just look at this cute 5 piece set in 18/10 stainless steel. Just look at it! Cute little buckles on the handles so they look like little belts. Squee!!! The “Equestrian” is in reference to horse tack but I think they are belts for gnomes. I may have had too much coffee this morning but I am of the opinion these are perfect for the table of any fashionista! Great price as well!
Equestrian by Vera Wang
If you check out our History & Trivia section you can see a diagram that shows the family tree of all utensils. The spork everyone seems to know, but the under appreciated knork is now an actual company that creates this combination of knife and fork. Both sides of the fork are sharpened to act as a knife. This is nice for both us left-handers and even more so for people with only one hand. There will be some issues where the food item you are trying to cut slides around the plate but you can’t solve all the worlds problems at once. Handy at picnics as well. They come in stainless steel with a nice black matte finish.
Knork Matte Knorks, Set of 4
It was an outdoor picnic at work and we served potato salad, barbequed steak and chicken. A lovely sunshiny day where we all sat on the grass with cold drinks in hand and styrofoam plates full of good food. As I went to sit amongst my co-workers I noticed I had to pick my seat on the ground carefully as there were little burial mounds of broken dead plastic cutlery.
In case I haven’t already said it enough, I hate plastic cutlery. I’ve certainly already reviewed various types of portable carry cutlery (I think I just invented a new industry term). We’ve looked a sporks for yogurt at the office and camping utensils as well. But where these two different sets would come in the handiest is at the company picnic or even better…the dreaded food court (where all bad plastic cutlery lives).
Now I will admit to have been given a few strange looks when using my own cutlery at the food court but when they see them in action the look becomes admiration. A quick wash in the bathroom sink after use (and then brush your teeth young man!) and all good. We’ll review the wood versus metal chopstick situation at a later date.
Travel Set with Spoon, Fork, and Chopsticks (left)
Zelco Mangia 3 Piece Set (right)