May 30 2008
There is a few things that I focus on when I’m about to purchase new gear. Simplicity, sleekness, and easy-to-clean or store. When it comes to cooking gear easy-to-clean becomes very important. Light My Fire is one of those companies that is getting it done in my book. And the Spork is their signature item. It even won some gear award (leave a comment and tell me what it says if you happen to understand Swedish).
I got one of these bad boys a couple of years ago. It is extremely light and very easy to clean. I’ve eaten syrupy pancakes with it, went and played a quick game of Bocce ball then came back and the syrup and buttery goo that had been sitting on there came off with ease with just water. I’d recommend soap if you have it though. The fork side of it is perfect for getting into the tight corners of the tuna packet for that last bite. Then flip it around and stir your hot chocolate or your soup or your herbal tea or your…dang it, I’m trying to think of something that goes good with tuna. Not a whole lot coming to mind.
There are only two downsides that I can think of. One is what makes it so great in the first place - the fork/spoon combo. If you happen to have brought a big slab of meat that needs some cutting, there is no holding the meat with the fork while you cut with the knife. Impossible with this guy. But if your bringing T-bones, you’re probably car camping, which means you’ve probably also brought that 5th stainless steel silverware set you got for your wedding that you’ve turned into camping gear. The second downside is that it is short. Shorter than your usual fork or spoon. I haven’t tried this, but my guess is that if your trying to reach the bottom of your Jet Boil stove to stir up the soup, you might burn your finger. But if that’s a problem, get the longer spork.