Have you ever wondered about the negative impact of the plastic waste that that has been generated and has to be dumped after you attend a party where the food is excellent but is served using plastic? It might just make you a tad bit upset after the excellent time you had had partying. Well, now-a- days there is a simple and feasible solution for you to have your cake and eat it or should I say use your spoon and eat it.
Yes, edible cutlery is now a reality.
An Indian Company – Bakeys Foods Private Limited (Hyderabad, Telangana) has innovated and
successfully manufactured edible spoons. The spoons are made using a blend of cereals and millets
including jowar (sorghum), rice and wheat. They can be flavoured with various flavours to make them
available as plain, sweet or savoury. In fact many flavours are being developed as research is an ongoing
process at the factory.
Currently spoons are available, though a lot of research is being carried out to develop soup spoons, and other edible cutlery. Both simple spoons and customized spoons are available as per individual preference. There are alternatives available including the use of vegetable pulps of carrot, beetroot, spinach and spices adding value to the original, simple, eco friendly spoons. Using vegetable pulp the spoons acquire attractive colours and an added flavour making them ideal for use in savoury items.
Flavours like vanilla, strawberry, rose and cardamom are used when these spoons are used to eat
sweet dishes. As they are made using natural ingredients, they do have nutritional value. Flavours can
be sprayed on by the user or added when the cutlery is customized. Gluten free varieties are also
available on customized special orders where the wheat is replaced with other cereals including barley
or corn. They taste good. They have a hard and crunchy texture.
These edible cutlery are available on the company’s website. The use of natural ingredients make these spoons not just eco-friendly as they are biodegradable but also make them an excellent alternative to using plastic cutlery. They are non-polluting and not coated with any substance that can make them greasy or attract germs. They are baked spoons and have a dry feel. They can easily be disposed in soil or in compost pits over a period of three to seven days.
They are vegetarian and vegan. They have a shelf life of eighteen months. Once opened it would be
advisable to use them at the earliest. They do become a bit soggy over a short period of time when used
in liquid foods. If used as a spoon in jars containing dry items, it is advisable to use air tight jars and to
dispose the spoons after a period of time. Moisture and humidity affect the spoons. They are fairly
sturdy though not as much as stainless steel. They break only when excess pressure is applied.
So go ahead and reduce your individual and group wastage of plastic by using these eco-friendly, zero
waste, biodegradable, tasty cutlery the next time you have a party or even use it on a day to day basis so
that you can always have your spoon and eat it!