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Jan 27, 2011 08:55 PM

Do you tend to eat with your hands?

When given the opportunity I will forgo utensils.

I prefer not to use them.

It was brought to my attention that this is odd [in the western world].


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  1. GUILTY....
    When eating bacon I'll pick it up and eat it with my's hard to cut crisp bacon with a knife and stab it with a fork.

    Eating shoe string fries off a plate with my fingers is easier than stabbing them with a fork.

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    1. re: monku

      those are tame examples! what else?

      1. re: cookingasshole

        Good to know they aren't major faux pas'....I won't be so self conscious.

        1. re: monku

          I didn't know anyone ate bacon or fries with utensiles!

      2. re: monku

        Who in their right minds eats bacon with a fork and knife? (unless it's a monster thick slab that's more steak than bacon)

        1. re: joonjoon

          "Who in their right minds eats bacon with a fork and knife?"

          Uh, me? Personally, because I prefer bacon that hasn't been fried so crisp that it crumbles to the touch, I find using a knife and fork allows me to enjoy my bacon without getting grease all over my hands.

      3. Salad tastes WAY better when eaten with the fingers. I hate using a fork with salad.

        Basically, I eat with my finger whenever possible - and I lick my fingers rather than using a napkin. My proper friends shudder when they dine with me, but I don't care....


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          1. re: AnneInMpls

            I am constantly eating salad with my fingers--good to see I am not the only one! I won't do it in a restaurant (unless I'm back in the corner and no one's looking) but at home I never use utensils for it. A fork and knife just don't work on salad. And I only like a tiny bit of dressing, so I like to dip the vegetables into a little cup of it, which is best accomplished with fingers.

              1. re: travelmad478

                me too! then you can pick out each individual thing! and you get less dressing that way too.

              2. re: AnneInMpls

                I usually start with my fork when eating salad, but almost always move on to the fingers at some point.

                1. re: debbiel

                  Ha, same here! That or I find myself randomly alternating between fork and fingers.

                  For some reason, I always eat broccoli with my fingers.

                  1. re: debbiel

                    If the salad has croutons, it almost demands fingers.

                  2. re: AnneInMpls

                    Wow! It's not just me! I'll have to point my wife to this thread to prove that I'm not really that weird.

                    1. re: AnneInMpls

                      I ALWAYS liked eating salads with my fingers, to me it just seems like a finger food.

                      1. re: AnneInMpls

                        chopsticks might be a good compromise when you have some special reason to 'behave'

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          I like using chopsticks with salad. Often much easier than with a fork. I've never used my fingers with a proper salad, as I like them tossed with plenty of dressing. Even salads with minimal dressing - just can't imagine using my fingers...

                          Plates of raw celery sticks, broccoli florets, etc with a bowl of dip alongside, yes, I would use my fingers.

                          1. re: huiray

                            Me least at home. Chopstix for eating salads. Its the best way. I would do the same in restaurants with bringing a pair.... but I would be laughed out of the place

                            I can pick out exactly what I want in each bite.
                            I will pick out and eat some salad pieces with my fingers but not ones that have dressing on them

                        2. re: AnneInMpls

                          I'm shuddering right now just thinking about it...I'm a bbq hound ..and imagining what you would do to some pulled pork.... WoW

                          1. re: AnneInMpls

                            I totally agree! The taste is cleaner.

                          2. you mean like anything? for me it's food specific. i wouldn't eat spaghetti with my hands, if i was alone or not. i'll eat bacon and sausage with my fingers. not a fried egg, tho... definitely fries.

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                            1. When I was in the Peace Corps in Nepal, I was horrified initially at the thought of eating dal bhaat (rice and lentils plus a vegetable, etc.) with my fingers, but I grew used to it over time. On the rare occasions when I eat it now, I have a strong urge to use my right hand. I would only do that if eating in the home of other RPCVs!

                              1. I usually do your standard bacon eggs toast sausage breakfast with my hands... I push all the scambled eggs onto the toast with my right hand... (I guess the toast becomes the utensil... am I disqualified?). Sausage anywhere is better eaten with the hands. I think alot of stuff that I dip into sauce. Smoked fish, fresh trout, .... steamed broccoli with oil and gralic.