Beyond Silver: What Makes a Spoon?

Beyond Silver: What Makes a Spoon?

Stephanie Barlow
Apr 20, 2012

Do you ever think about what makes a spoon? Maybe it's not the most stimulating dinner party conversation, but the shape, size, and material all play into the eating experience. Just think of the difference between sipping your soup from a plastic spoon and a stainless steel version. But then what about a silver or copper spoon? How do those spoons change the way we eat?

How much do we really think about the materials and tabletop items we use everyday? Oliver Thring at the Guardian UK investigates how spoons made of different metals change the way we taste:

Copper, I read with a creeping sense of terror, is 'found to slightly inhibit saltiness', silver has 'a slight bitterness', zinc carries an 'earthly, dry, rasping tendency' while poor old stainless steel was prosaically glossed as 'familiar.'

Do you notice a change in the taste of a meal based on the cutlery used?

Read More: Me and My Spoon at The Guardian UK

Related: Chef Raves: What's the Deal with Gray Kunz Spoons?

(Images: Guardian UK)

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