Eat Your Utensils
We've seen it start to happen here and there - celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has experimented with edible knives, napkins and more and recently The Grind cafe in Joburg started serving coffee in cups made from ice cream cones - but the new Bakeys line of spoons appears to be the world's first real attempt at launching mass-produced cutlery you can eat.
Narayana Peesapaty, the founder of the Indian-based company, came up with the idea for the range of edible eating tools when he saw people using khakhra (thin crackers) to scoop up food on a flight. His objective was to address a number of issues, including the huge amount of environment-damaging waste caused by disposable plastic utensils and the fact that plastic is not good for human health.
His alternative, sturdy cutlery made from rice, wheat and sorghum flour, is, in his own words, 'tasty, fun, nutritious and eco-friendly'. The spoons, which come in various types and sizes, are also vegan and free of preservatives, trans fats and dairy, so they can be snacked on by almost anyone. In the future, Narayana aims to make them gluten-free, organic and kosher too.
If you're a little put off by the idea of a soggy, bready spoon sitting in your tea, never fear, Narayana has considered this and has made sure the cutlery stays firm in liquids for long enough for you to get through the meal. They also stay crisp on shelves for at least two years.
Since the tools are edible, the company has made an effort to make them as delicious as possible by introducing various flavours, including sugar, ginger-cinnamon, black pepper and carrot-beetroot.
Now that Bakeys is making edible culinary equipment a real possibility in the future, the concept seems a bit of a no-brainer. After all, we're already using cutlery to eat with; why not eat it too? And what better way to get rid of a potential waste problem than consume it?
Let us know what you think about the concept of spoons and forks that are good enough to eat in the comments section below, and watch this video to get a better idea of what Bakeys is all about.
The Bakeys spoons have been very popular in India, with over 1.5 million having been sold. In order to be able to service the rest of the world and expand their line to include chopsticks, forks, cups, plates and other tableware, the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign where you can offer your financial support.
Read more about the project at the Kickstarter page or at bakeys.com.