Say Goodbye To Washing Dishes With an Edible Spoon Maker

Head to any housewares store and you’ll find aisles full of machines designed to easily bake up everything from cupcakes, to cake pops, to even home-made Twinkies. But none can compare to the life-changing potential of a machine that can quickly and easily bake up edible spoons.

Source: Say Goodbye To Washing Dishes With an Edible Spoon Maker

Good news: You don’t have to wash a spoon!

Bad news: You have to wash the cutting board, rolling pin, biscuit cutter and spoon maker!

Smaller Tableware ‘Could Help Reduce Over-eating and Obesity’

Shrinking the size of plates, knives, forks and glasses could go some way towards tackling over-eating and obesity, a study suggests.

Smaller tableware was identified as having a positive effect on consumption habits, along with reductions in portion size and food packaging.  Researchers found that reversing the current “super-size” trend could lower average calorie intake by up to 16% in the UK and 29% in the US – the land of huge helpings.

Source: Smaller tableware ‘could help reduce over-eating and obesity’

I’m sure that this will work for some, and when others get hungry because they’re eating less – going for seconds might prompt reflection.  But it doesn’t for my cousin…  Last time I visited, they served as much in a single sitting as I consume throughout the week.

Five Mind Tricks That’ll Make Your Food “Taste” Better

If you’re worried about impressing someone with your cooking skills, or you’re trying a new recipe for the first time, there are some mental tricks you can use on others to make your meal seem better than it really is. Here are five of the most effective.

Source: Five Mind Tricks That’ll Make Your Food “Taste” Better

Trick #6: Add salt

Some things that weren’t covered in the article, were covered in a previous one about why airline food tastes bland.

This Hybrid “Knork” Utensil Was Also An Important Medical Invention

Knife, fork, spoon: This is the holy trinity of silverware and (while the occasional spork may jostle for inclusion), in general, these are all you’re likely to see. There is, however, another hybrid utensil you may not know: The Knork. And its creation owes as much to modern medicine as to dining habits.

Source: This Hybrid “Knork” Utensil Was Also An Important Medical Invention

It makes a lot of sense when you read who it was created for.  Even today, there’s people who could make use of it.  I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil the reason for the invention.

Magnifying Glass Spoon?

I prefer a golden spoon, thanks.  This sounds distasteful:

When you’re eating at a restaurant, you’re putting a tremendous amount of faith in the kitchen and wait staff that your food will be kept as contaminant-free as possible. But if you’re really worried about an establishment’s hygiene, make sure you’re always carrying Object Solutions’ Magnifying Spoon that lets you inspect your meal up close beforehand.

Source: A Magnifying Glass Spoon Lets You Spot Even Tiny Flies In Your Soup

Ugh, ignorance is bliss.  <epic rap battles of history>Y-y-y-you decide!</epic rap battles of history>

Cutlery: Design and Materials Change How We Taste

Chances are, you’ve spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat, but also what our food tastes like. There’s even evidence that the adoption of the table knife transformed the shape of European faces.

Source: The Design of Spoons and Knives Can Change the Way We Taste Food

Now I know why people talk of having a golden spoon in their mouth…

I haven’t seen anything mentioning chopsticks, but it’s believed that:

  • Using a knife to cut things into smaller pieces made our mouths evolve to be smaller
  • Use of cutlery has led us to develop an overbite

The QI page on cutlery is a brief but interesting read.  Never watched QI?  You’re missing out.