Cooking utensils

Categories: Caregivers,Families,Seniors,Uncategorized

Family dinnerI have an odd question for you – one you probably didn’t think you’d ever be asked.  “How old is your every day cooking utensils that you eat with?”  My Mother, who is almost 84 years old made a comment to me about a “metal taste” in her foods.  I immediately related her statement to her medications and replied, “oh, it’s probably just a side effect of one of your meds.”  It didn’t even dawn on me that it could be my every day utensils and the health concerns I should have for my family.

Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not a worry wart by nature, but common sense came into play and I started to think…then started to count the years….and then asked my husband, “When did we buy our every day utensils?”  He said, “I thought you brought that with you when we got married?”  He was right.  We’ve been married over 11 years.   Then I tried to think when I purchased it when I was single.  The thought was not worth the amount of time for me to guess when I purchased my every day utensils, when the solution was easy – buy new every day utensils! They are inexpensive and hold no sentimental value.  (Of course I am not talking about fine silverware here).

I know that there are health risks, and I know that the metal taste can ruin a perfectly good meal and food, in my opinion, is too expensive to just toss.  Take a minute and think about the last time you purchased new every day utensils for your family.  If you have to think longer than 5 seconds, consider tossing your current forks, spoons, and butter knives and buying a new set.  I am going to put this on my annual “January” list to buy new utensils and avoid those avoidable health risks.  (


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Author: MIMI Medical Staff