Why Do Eco-Friendly Compostable Plates Hate Ethnic Food — but the Bowls Seem To Love It?
Planet friendly humor —
Recently my kitchen sink got sick (that’s a whole other story) and I couldn’t use my kitchen for a few days. I opted to buy eco-friendly disposable plates, bowls and cutlery — being that I can’t compost or recycle in my new apartment building.
While I must admit that compostable utensils have improved over the last couple years because they no longer melt in hot water or if hot food touches them. The plates are a different story. They’re still porous with soggy bottoms that disappoint every time I have a delicious dish and they really hate ethic foods:
- Spaghetti leaves a stubborn, red sloppy stain
- Grits and scrambled eggs were literally a hot mess and the plates try to hang on to my luscious, cheesy egg and warm grit goodness
- It makes my noodles needy and parched as it steals all the savory sauce
- Couscous, quinoa and rice were are steamy, weepy sights
- Hearty stews, dairy or curry based dishes are a disaster
- And you can forget about anything fried or fatty because these plates are natural blotters that seduce the oil out of anything — which isn’t bad until you put the plate down and you have an oil slick
This is so sad because they are very expensive no matter where I buy them — be it Wholefoods or Acme…Yet, their bowls are actually good. They don’t leak or seep with hot or cold cereal or soups, stews or sauces.
I’ve tried everything — with the plates and they’re just weak and wimpy. It’s so disappointing because I’m dedicated to being an eco-friendly, low waste home, but it isn’t cost efficient — so what’s a soul food inspired solution:
I eat all my ethnic meals in bowls, or double or triple the plates, smh, lol.
Just a funny observation as a green, Black woman trying to save my community and planet — one eco-friendly, zero waste choice at a time.
Thank you for reading.