A Forktula Is the Utensil You Never Knew You Needed

Courtesy of Forktula
Courtesy of Forktula

Move over, sporks: The forktula is the kitchen accessory you never knew you needed. This food-safe silicone sleeve slides over a fork’s outer two prongs and lets you scrape your plate clean without embarrassing yourself or insulting polite company, according to Bustle.

If you’ve ever found yourself struggling to spoon up that last little bit of meat sauce from your plate of pasta, then you’ll understand the inspiration behind this product. Co-inventor Oliver Sauvé told Canada’s CBC News he got the idea while working at a cafe, where he would frequently hear customers say, “That was so good, I wish I could just lick my plate.”

After teaming up with business partner Josh Lindsay, the inventors were able to make “the world's first and only fork accessory” a reality. The accessory is just three centimeters long, so it’s easily portable. Customers could theoretically bring it along with them to restaurants, if they’re truly dedicated to leaving no crumb behind.

"Now you can lick your plate, especially in public or at dinner parties," Sauvé told CBC. "You can use it in public, you can use it at home."

It’s also easy to clean and dishwasher-safe. Firebox—a website that sells off-the-wall products like Elon Musk air fresheners, gin-flavored marmalade, and narwhal-shaped bottle openers—makes bold promises in its description of the forktula. It’s said to be “superior to a spoon” and “more efficient than fingers.”

If you want to put those claims to the test, you can order the forktula from Firebox or get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.

[h/t Bustle]

General Mills Is Recalling More Than 600,000 Pounds of Gold Medal Flour Over E. Coli Risk

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jirkaejc/iStock via Getty Images

The FDA recently shared news of a 2019 product recall that could impact home bakers. As CNN reports, General Mills is voluntarily recalling 600,000 pounds of its Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to a possible E. coli contamination.

The decision to pull the flour from shelves was made after a routine test of the 5-pound bags. According to a company statement, "the potential presence of E. coli O26" was found in the sample, and even though no illnesses have been connected to Gold Medal flour, General Mills is recalling it to be safe.

Escherichia coli O26 is a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacterium that's often spread through commercially processed foods. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most patients recover within a week, but in people with vulnerable immune systems like young children and seniors, the complications can be deadly.

To avoid the potentially contaminated batch, look for Gold Medal flour bags with a "better if used by" date of September 6, 2020 and the package UPC 016000 196100. All other products sold under the Gold Medal label are safe to consume.

Whether or not the flour in your pantry is affected, the recall is a good reminder that consuming raw flour can be just as harmful as eating raw eggs. So when you're baking cookies, resist having a taste until after they come out of the oven—or indulge in one of the many edible cookie dough products on the market instead.

[h/t CNN]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer

Paqui
Paqui

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.

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