Published on : Aug 19, 2015
Imagine yourself being at a party where you are served a delicious meal and you learn that other than the food you can munch the spoon too! Even better, if the host does not have to worry about the cleaning the dishes after the party. Around the world, chefs and the food companies are playing with the idea for quite some time now. A while ago, one of the most popular food chain KFC unveiled the first edible coffee cup made of biscuits. Walking on the same line, Heston Blumenthal, a British celebrity chef has also served edible cutlery, which were made with salted butter caramels and chocolate dusted silver wrapped in an edible cellophane.
The same concept is now adopted by India but with a difference. Bakey’s that was established in Hyderabad in 2010, brought the concept of edible food to India, not to propagate the trend but to provide solution to several issues, which the concept has.
A former researcher with ICRISAT, Narayana Peesapaty started experimenting with the quality of edible spoons and their uses as an alternative to disposable plastic cutlery. Almost 120 billion pieces of disposable plastic spoons are used in India every year. None of the plastic containers that are used for various purposes are healthy. Chemicals present in the plastic has chances of leaching into the food. Hence, edible spoons can be a feasible option for ensure health and wellness of people and eliminating the environmental problems caused by mounting plastic wastes.
After several trials to test the texture, hand feel, sogginess, and utility of edible spoons, Narayana Peesapaty has come up with a viable option. Focusing on health and nutrition, basic ingredients used to make cutlery was jowar, wheat, or rice flour. To make these spoons colorful, a mix of spinach, beetroot, or carrot pulp is used. The edible spoons can last for 10 minutes when immersed in hot or cold liquid. If they are kept in sealed containers, the edible spoons will remain fresh for up to three months.