Someone once told me Why mess with a good thing? If it works, don’t try to fix it. This person hasn’t had the opportunity to try the TruFlavorWare set of table top flatware.
Hailing from Cleveland, OH, and offering products made in the USA, TruFlavorWare makes flatware based on the concept that food tastes better when it’s eaten with non-reactive utensils. According to their website, TruFlavorWare products are organically inert, and don’t affect the flavor of food like traditional metal and newer plastic flatware. TruFlavorWare is similar to the concept of chopsticks, ancient and unintentional in their invention, but completely non-reactive with food.
Being the carnivore that I am, my idea for a test was a steak dinner, with all the trimmings. I left the sharp steak knives in the drawer, and got to it with the new set. While it wasn’t a Henckels, I was impressed with the cutting ability of the knife. It cut right through the meat, and dealt sufficiently with the gristle. The utensils have a good feel in the hand; light, but not flimsy. The company has done their best to replicate the feel of traditional flatware. The fork has only three tangs, which may seem a little non-traditional, but it works well, and is probably stronger by that design.
Did I notice the taste difference, you ask; no, but maybe that’s the magic of this set. Products that work to make us healthier, and motivate us make ourselves healthier, are an important direction to focus development. The outcome is a more educated populace, and ultimately a healthier planet. That’s a big claim, but each little step in that direction is momentum building, complacency fighting, and awareness sharpening. Small inventions with high levels of consideration in their development can influence larger changes in the grand scheme of our deeply interactive world. Tinkering is a good thing.
The utensils are dishwasher safe, FDA foo-contact approved and BPA free. The company claims unbreakable in normal use. While these seem as strong as any Lexan camping utensils I’ve used, using the knife carve your initials in the picnic bench probably won’t work well, but you shouldn’t do that anyway. I give these a thumbs up. Foodies everywhere should think about giving these a try just to compare the flavors. You may not know how much your current set of flatware is affecting your food, chemically.