Knife and Fork Etiquette

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  • SmellymanSmellyman AsiaPosts: 3,583
    PJ_Soul said:
    brianlux said:
    That’s why Japanese & Chinese folk got it right , 🥢 fuck forks & knives 
    Chop sticks are great!  We have a bunch them in different styles at home.

    Although, I have seen people used them like they were dull skewers.  Pretty embarrassing to see some guy poking at his dim sun with one of them.
    The problem with chopsticks are that they are very environmentally unfriendly in general. Not the reusable kind of course, but do you know that 45 BILLION pairs of wooden disposable chopsticks are produced every year??? The best way to eat if we're thinking environmentally is with our hands! Food made to be eaten that way should be encouraged.... Yum, sandwiches. ;)
    How many plastic forks, spoons, knives and sporks?

    Chopsticks aren't environmentally unfriendly.  People are f'ing stupid
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 8,239
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    pjhawks said:
    I'm American but I use European method.  Are there really people who use the American method? they cut their meat, put the knife down and switch their forks to the right hand then eat?  then repeat with each cut?  or do they cut everything at once?  
    Either cut everything at once or several pieces, switch, etc. 
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 26,011
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    Smellyman said:
    PJ_Soul said:
    brianlux said:
    That’s why Japanese & Chinese folk got it right , 🥢 fuck forks & knives 
    Chop sticks are great!  We have a bunch them in different styles at home.

    Although, I have seen people used them like they were dull skewers.  Pretty embarrassing to see some guy poking at his dim sun with one of them.
    The problem with chopsticks are that they are very environmentally unfriendly in general. Not the reusable kind of course, but do you know that 45 BILLION pairs of wooden disposable chopsticks are produced every year??? The best way to eat if we're thinking environmentally is with our hands! Food made to be eaten that way should be encouraged.... Yum, sandwiches. ;)
    How many plastic forks, spoons, knives and sporks?

    Chopsticks aren't environmentally unfriendly.  People are f'ing stupid
    According to my quick Google search, 40 billion a year are produced.  Recycled or not, that's disgusting!
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  • OnWis97OnWis97 St. Paul, MNPosts: 1,390
    edited January 8
    European Method
    I am American. Right-handed.  Cut with knife in right hand and fork in left.  Then eat with fork in left.  I was well into adulthood when I was made aware that what I was doing was unusual.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 26,011
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    And then there's...
    Look Ma, Clean Finger Grippers!:

    International Whodingy:

    Brutal Carnivoria:

    Keep this one away from the kids, The  Eyeball Spork:


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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 15,029
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    ^^^hahaha
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  • tbergstbergs Posts: 5,352
    edited January 8
    European Method
    hedonist said:
    I'm a southpaw - fork in my left and knife in my right.

    I must appear so unrefined :bawling:
    Ditto. Never had to switch in my life and always found it odd watching others playing musical utensils. Whose the Neanderthal now? Learn to cut with your non dominate hand you losers! :lol:
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 16,890
    how can two small pieces of wood be environmentally unfriendly? you must mean production, not disposal, correct?
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 17,368
    Bamboo is pretty environmentally friendly renewable product, yes?


  • lastexitlondonlastexitlondon Posts: 4,007
    European Method
    It makes sence to use your dominant hand the cut with. 
    That said I'm always being told by my fellow English that I eat kak handed I.e backwards
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  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 16,580
    European Method
    I will do both methods but like the Euro way.

    Also @rgambs the spoon w mac and cheese is a must.
  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 4,331
    American Method
    How Wooden Chopsticks Are Killing Nature

    http://www.ecopedia.com/environment/how-wooden-chopsticks-are-killing-nature/
  • josevolutionjosevolution Posts: 20,235
    All I know is that I eat my morning cereal with a tea spoon with my right hand 🖐 
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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 17,874
    I never noticed but My coffee  is always in in my left hand and I am a righty.  
    Very cool thread. 
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 16,890
    insane. 
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    It's like the trash took itself out"
  • Meltdown99Meltdown99 None Of Your Business...Posts: 4,331
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    insane. 
    I wonder if Hemp can be used to replace plastic utensil and wooden chopsticks?  
  • cincybearcatcincybearcat Posts: 11,297
    American Method
    how can two small pieces of wood be environmentally unfriendly? you must mean production, not disposal, correct?

    I think when compared to reusable utensils? Comparing throw away chop sticks to forks that are washed and reused? But then again, I’m unsure of which is worse environmentally.
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 16,890
    how can two small pieces of wood be environmentally unfriendly? you must mean production, not disposal, correct?

    I think when compared to reusable utensils? Comparing throw away chop sticks to forks that are washed and reused? But then again, I’m unsure of which is worse environmentally.
    look at meltdown's link. it's crazy and something I never considered. 
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 19,407
    Jason P said:
    Bamboo is pretty environmentally friendly renewable product, yes?


    =)

    I use chopsticks for scratching my back.  Can also tie a toy at the end for our cats.  Take THAT, popsicle sticks!

    As to "etiquette", I don't think I've paid much attention to how other people use their cutlery.  As long as you're not a slob, chewing with your mouth open, etc., I'm not sure it really matters.
  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 4,310
    Jason P said:
    Bamboo is pretty environmentally friendly renewable product, yes?


    shipping it from china is not tho
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 45,272
    edited January 8
    Smellyman said:
    PJ_Soul said:
    brianlux said:
    That’s why Japanese & Chinese folk got it right , 🥢 fuck forks & knives 
    Chop sticks are great!  We have a bunch them in different styles at home.

    Although, I have seen people used them like they were dull skewers.  Pretty embarrassing to see some guy poking at his dim sun with one of them.
    The problem with chopsticks are that they are very environmentally unfriendly in general. Not the reusable kind of course, but do you know that 45 BILLION pairs of wooden disposable chopsticks are produced every year??? The best way to eat if we're thinking environmentally is with our hands! Food made to be eaten that way should be encouraged.... Yum, sandwiches. ;)
    How many plastic forks, spoons, knives and sporks?

    Chopsticks aren't environmentally unfriendly.  People are f'ing stupid
    Way too many plastic forks, spoons and knives too of course. 40 billion of those each year. That's why so many western cities are now banning them or looking into banning them, along with the straws. And why I said food eaten only with our hands are the best option in this context.
    Yes, chopsticks are absolutely environmentally unfriendly. Think about how many trees it takes to make 45 billion pairs of chopsticks dude.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 26,011
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    insane. 
    From the link:
    "Globally, about 1.4 billion people throw away 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks each year"

    That is insane!
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 17,368
    No matter the weapon chosen, using your dominant hand to transfer food to your mouth is the only logical method.  Only a crazy person would do otherwise!  It would be as nuts if one island full of people decided to drive on the left side of the road and 74 other countries followed suit just because this island sent a few wooden ships there a few hundred of years ago.  
  • kce8kce8 Posts: 1,370
    My dominant one is definitely the right hand, but I don't have any problem using the fork with my left hand while holding the knife in my right hand.
    It just depends on what you are used to do. If there is no need for a knife I use my right hand only. 
    I do not care, as long as you do not shovel the food like an excavator. 
    I love using Chopsticks too. Btw you sometimes have to use it like a shovel… :smiley: 

    One way plastic stuff just got banned in the EU, however, it will take a while for the law to be fully implemented.
  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 16,890
    it's funny how this is the supposed "american" way, yet I've grown up watching american tv my entire life, and never once did I ever see anyone on tv, while eating a meal, transfer their fork to their other hand. not once. that shit I would have noticed. 
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  • how can two small pieces of wood be environmentally unfriendly? you must mean production, not disposal, correct?

    I think when compared to reusable utensils? Comparing throw away chop sticks to forks that are washed and reused? But then again, I’m unsure of which is worse environmentally.

    Bottom line: too many people.

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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 15,029
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    it's funny how this is the supposed "american" way, yet I've grown up watching american tv my entire life, and never once did I ever see anyone on tv, while eating a meal, transfer their fork to their other hand. not once. that shit I would have noticed. 
    It is the standard here, far and away, based on 44 years of observation and visiting/eating in 45/50 states.
    It is an interesting thing to stop and think about, though.
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 16,890
    it's funny how this is the supposed "american" way, yet I've grown up watching american tv my entire life, and never once did I ever see anyone on tv, while eating a meal, transfer their fork to their other hand. not once. that shit I would have noticed. 
    It is the standard here, far and away, based on 44 years of observation and visiting/eating in 45/50 states.
    It is an interesting thing to stop and think about, though.
    but do you see people doing this on american tv shows when they are sitting down to dinner? If not, why would that be, if it's the standard?
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  • F Me In The BrainF Me In The Brain this knows everybody from other commetsPosts: 15,029
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    it's funny how this is the supposed "american" way, yet I've grown up watching american tv my entire life, and never once did I ever see anyone on tv, while eating a meal, transfer their fork to their other hand. not once. that shit I would have noticed. 
    It is the standard here, far and away, based on 44 years of observation and visiting/eating in 45/50 states.
    It is an interesting thing to stop and think about, though.
    but do you see people doing this on american tv shows when they are sitting down to dinner? If not, why would that be, if it's the standard?
    Never paid attention but I don't learn from sitcoms about what I can see with my eyes.  I get looking at that when you live in another country, of course.
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