Billions of pairs of disposable chopsticks are produced each year. But a good set of reusable chopsticks can last for decades, create less waste and be a pleasure to use every time.
Made from jujube trees, this pair is carved in a spiral pattern to help keep food and fingers from slipping. Omia
Disposable chopsticks around the world are made of different materials: bamboo is common in China, but birch and spruce wood are most common elsewhere. Wood is ideal for chopsticks. It has a slightly rough texture, which is good for ensuring that food doesn’t slip, or that the chopsticks don’t slip from your fingers. And, unlike metal, it doesn’t conduct heat well. Metal chopsticks can become very hot when handling hot food—ouch!
With a non-cylindrical, squared-off shape, this set is comfortable to hold. Hiware
Reusable chopsticks are a great thing to have around the house. They’re perfect for eating all kinds of dishes, of course: their ability to delicately pick up food makes them ideal for fragile foods like dumplings or ravioli, compared to stabbing them with a fork. But chopsticks are also great tools for cooking—flip hot proteins in pans, scramble eggs and more.
There are two different types to try and both are beautifully and thoughtfully designed. Hiware
Another great material for chopsticks is bamboo. Bamboo is actually a very fast-growing grass—not a tree. The fiber mature bamboo yields is strong and tough; this is one reason why you shouldn’t use it for cutting boards—it’s so hard it’ll dull your knife. But in a chopstick, bamboo makes for a durable, yet light product.