Eat Your Fork!

Over the weekend, Shaun and I stopped in our local grocery store to pick up some items for an impromptu picnic.  (Aww…how romantic!) On our way out the door, I stopped to get some plastic forks.  As I grabbed them from the container, I couldn’t help but notice that they felt a bit…odd.

So naturally, I had to take a closer look at them and read the small notice that was posted next to them.   I found that Whole Foods had switched to biodegradable flatware made from potatoes a couple months ago.   Completely charmed, I grabbed a couple more forks to show the girls.  (Yes, I’m a dork that way).

forks             Awesome photo borrowed from drp

As I made my children lunches for school, I lovingly tucked one of the forks in.  (I had to make them salads so that they would have a reason to actually use their fork).  I explained to them that they were made of potatoes and were meant to be put into the compost pile when they were done using them.  (Not that either of their schools has a compost system, but if they did…)

KT just rolled her eyes at my enthusiasm.  She had long ago discovered biodegradable flatware from her work at the aquarium.  Mimi, on the other hand, was just as enthralled as I was. (She always was my favorite child!) It amazed us both that such a hard plastic fork could really have been made from potatoes.

When my sweet Mimi came home from school, she told me all about her day, as she always does.   Then she got a strange look on her face.  She asked me if I had been teasing her about the potato fork.  (Not that I would ever mess with my children!)  I assured her that it was really made from potato starch, then asked her why she had asked.

She told me that after she had eaten all of her lunch and was all done with her fork, she decided to eat it.  When the first bite didn’t yield that potato chip crunch she was expecting, she kept trying to chew, finally giving up when it started to hurt her braces too much.  (Have I ever mentioned that she is so her father’s child?)   Then, my Shaun’s child broke the forks into pieces and tried to get her friends to try it.  They just told her that she was nuts.

Is it bad that I’m fighting the urge to get a red fork and telling her it’s made from apples?

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37 Responses to Eat Your Fork!

  1. mrs darling says:

    Oh goodness thats funny. Poor child. But hey thats pretty neat about the forks. I really neve rheard fo that. I sorta feel like your daughter in that Im not sure if its true…but…I think you were serious…yeah…I’ll go with that. No wheres my fork?

  2. Cheryl says:

    Now I’m going to need to find out how they get the forks to harden. I guess starch is a binder, and it’s strong. I don’t know about the apples, though.

  3. Amanda D says:

    That is hilarious! Thanks so much for sharing and making me laugh this morning.

  4. Literal much? What a great story.

    I rewash the plastic forks I take to school for my salad. Apparently they wear out after a while. One day the tines started falling out as I speared my lettuce. It’s hard to eat a fork with one tine!

  5. Jay says:

    Um.. Hello? It’s potato! So you have to boil it for like 20 mins, put some butter, salt and pepper on it, THEN it will taste good. 😉

  6. Amanda says:

    That’s pretty great. I’m wondering what would happen if I told my friend’s child about them…

  7. Carol says:

    I love this! Toooo funny!


  8. Tylor says:

    My (now former) college started using those a few months back. I could never resist the urge to chew on them when I was done eating the salad. 😉

  9. Pamela says:

    We did the same things with the packing chips a few years ago — they are made from rice.

    Pretty dry … bwaa ha ha haa

  10. girlwithmask says:

    ohmygosh DO IT! That is so funny!

  11. juliemorgan says:

    Thanks for the giggle!
    I think you should try microwaving the fork for a few minutes, slab some butter on it (which makes all things taste better), some salt and then see what Meggie thinks….
    In addition to the red fork (for apple) you can also try: purple forks (grapes), orange forks (oranges), brown forks (chocolate), and of course green forks (kiwi)…. all of which will be available at your local party store. Perhaps a fork sampler would be a good birthday present 🙂

  12. Marla says:

    LOLOLOL!!!! This is one of those stories that will be funny forever!

  13. deb says:

    OMG! I have got to find some of those. That is truly funny.

  14. Hey, plenty of well adjusted professionals would try to eat a starch based fork if the opportunity presented itself. I for one have chewed up the tines on my own potato forks provided at the work cafeteria. While I may not be all that well adjusted….yeah, she may need therapy after all.

  15. Peggy says:

    I’m guessing that these non-plastic disposable forks won’t actually keep very well. I have some plastic forks in my kitchen that I think could very well be 13 years old. Would they grow mold if they got a bit damp (like on a picnic that was rained out) and then put back in a kitchen drawer for a few years? I’m guessing some sort of odd little bug that one discovers in the back of the cupboard when you’re having a big clean out would go nuts for these forks. Mice too, you didn’t think about mice did you!

    Naturally if I ever come across this product, I’ll have to buy it and I will think of you and your daughter.

  16. Hi from NCLM 🙂

    That is hilarious!!

    I have never heard of these forks either & sad to say, I probably would have done the same thing Mimi did! 🙂

  17. Julie says:

    So cute–I remember taking things that literally when I was a child; even though her friends thought she was nuts, at least we know they’ve probably done something similar 🙂

  18. Becky says:

    Bwahahahaha! That’s a kick ass story!

  19. Karina says:

    I love your daughter! And it’s not quite “plastic forks” but I have a very similar experiment/taste test that I’m going to conduct with my friends tomorrow night. I’ll be posting about it, so you’ll get to see what I mean, but I’ll give you a hint…it involves bacon and lollipops.

  20. Dorky Dad says:

    I think those potato forks are fantastic, but I don’t get them because I, too, would likely start munching.

  21. falloutofline says:

    i think you should give her a french fry and tell its made of plastic. maybe then she’ll put it in her pocket and save it till she needs it. your poor child…

  22. Jocelyn says:

    Ah, messing with the children. A wonderful past-time. Get the red fork.

    Can’t believe I’ve not yet encountered this biodegradable flatware.

  23. Jocelyn says:

    Okay, I just read falloutofline’s comment, and I’m howling.

  24. Mike M says:

    That’s why they invented the Spork. For messy guys like me!

  25. Kim says:

    I read about these forks too! Funny story – my middle guy would have done that. I wold be tempted to find the red forks too – what fun is having kids if you cannot mess with their minds once in a while! nclm

  26. lupuspie says:

    LOL! I can’t believe she ate the fork!!

  27. Wow! I’m enthralled! And I would have tried to eat the fork, too.

  28. Yea, me too. I would have tried to eat it. Then soaked it in hot water and tried to make potato soup.

  29. Michelle says:

    Very cute story–and very cool about the forks. It’s good to know that the next time I’m wanting to be lazy, it doesn’t have to be so bad for the landfill. here from NCLM

  30. Smilf says:

    HA HA! This post had me laughing out loud – thanks! 🙂

  31. Cazzie says:

    OMG!!! That is soooo cute! I so love the innocence the kids hve, so bad that they have to learn so much so early and loose that touch!
    Wow, I am so amazed at that fork…way cool!

  32. Katie says:

    Via NaComLeavMo…
    That’s hilarious! BTW I love your blog design.

  33. Tink says:

    Made from potatoes?! Get out. That is SO cool! Where in the world can I get some? My work goes through plastic silverware like it’s going out of style.

  34. Heather says:

    How’s THIS for funny: I told your story to my mom and my 6 yr old son … BOTH my mom and my son immediately thought that the fork was edible!

  35. bcjenster says:

    Hahahaha!!! That’s funny!

    And yes, it’s bad to tease her that way. I would never tease my children like that. It would be cruel.

    (Love the anonymity of blogging. You have no idea what kind of mom I really am. bwahahahaha)

  36. photowannabe says:

    Thanks for the great laugh today. My younger son would have done the same thing when he was that age. Always curious and willing to try things.

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