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Feb 21, 2013 06:07 PM

Learing to use chop sticks

What is the best food to start on?, some sites say beans others say mini marshmellows? I have 2 different sizes one long one smaller what is the best and most used?

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  1. How long is your long and how short is the short ones? Beans are kind of good for practice if you are already pretty good and want to get even better. For beginners, I think marshmallows are better.

    1. Use them when you eat your meals, no other silverware. If you are hungry, you will learn to use them.
      Try both sizes, and see what works for you.

      1. One set is around 10 " and blunt at the ends the other is about 7 and is tapered, As I understand one is from Japan the other is from China.I know I sound silly but I do want to learn and sit at night and play around with them. Any advice I can get is much welcombe

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        1. re: catface1

          <As I understand one is from Japan the other is from China.>

          Spot on. I was going to tell you that based on the blunt vs tapered, but you already know. Aside from the style, I do prefer 10" over 7", but this is personal preference. I think using chopsticks are much like riding bicycle. There are guidance, but ultimately it is about practice.

          1. re: catface1

            As a chopstick lifer, I would suggest for you to try the wood or bamboo ones first. The reason being that they tend to balance better being lighter, in my opinion, you get a better feel for the grip, both in the fingers and at the tip when you are actually picking up morsels of food. The plastic ones are fine I think if you have large hands and actually need to feel the weight for a better balance. If you find that you have a real problem with the grip some of the Japanese chopsticks have grooves which may help.

            Also once you have taken hold a piece of food keep a firm but relaxed hold of the chopstick and move it to your bowl/plate in one fluid motion. One thing I noticed with new users is that they tend to hesitate and change the hold position causing the piece of food to wiggle and lose balance.

          2. thankyou Chemicalkinkentics i will endure and work with both,if I just use my chop sticks maybe I will loose some weight .

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            1. re: catface1

              One basic move is to hold the bowl of rice and topping close to your mouth and shovel the contents in, so perhaps not.
              But I agree, practice, practice, practice. At home.

            2. thankyou sr44 I will practice and not in public, otherwise I could end up on YOU TUBE.

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              1. re: catface1

                I don't think you would want to record yourself, but you might find some useful info on Youtube. It can be very helpful.