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Dan Durston
(dandydan)

Locale: Cascadia
Ice Cream on 04/09/2010 19:31:03 MDT Print View

I wish I could get cold ice cream on the trail.

Scott Lehr
(lehrscott4) - F

Locale: Louisville - KY
try to break one..... on 04/09/2010 19:54:58 MDT Print View

I have a bunch of the light my fire sporks, and after reading this thread i tried to break one on purpose with my hands. Not near as easy as you would think. 2 of the prongs on the fork broke, but it took serious effort to snap it in 2 pieces,

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Ice Cream on 04/09/2010 20:34:59 MDT Print View

"I wish I could get cold ice cream on the trail."

There are some freeze-dried ice cream products on the market. First of all, don't get your expectations set too high.

When you get near your high-elevation camp, you have to look high for some old snow drift still remaining from winter, and you carry down a pot full. Scrape out the bits of twigs and rocks, and use just the good clean part. Vigorously mix the ice cream powder with the snow, and VOILA!

I've made this for a group dessert many times, and it always seems to go over great as long as the sun is still up and the weather is warm. Once the sun goes down, nobody wants to eat ice cream while wearing a down jacket.

--B.G.--

Peter Longobardi
(paintplongo) - F

Locale: Hopefully on the Trail
Re: Ice Cream on 04/09/2010 22:16:10 MDT Print View

Senario where you might have icecream on the trail:

You're a thruhiker and you go into a town to eat some food. Pick up a pint, or two, of Ben and Jerry's and go to town on it. I bet I did that 20 times last year on the AT.

I'm liking the guy that broke his plastic utensil for the sake of the thread. That rules.

Mike McHenry
(mtmche2) - F
LMF Sporks on 04/10/2010 02:13:35 MDT Print View

For what its worth, I find my LMF sporks to be pretty darn durable. I mean if you intend on using them for cat hole digging or guyline deadmen, then I might recommend something else, but for eatings sake, they rock. I have seen less durable household metal spoons.

With that said I just switched to a Sea to Summit long spoon for bags and as a cooking utensil and I am digging it. As for the original post, i don't know if I would sharpen the end of my spoon. I carry a knife, so it wouldn't be of much use.

Dan Durston
(dandydan)

Locale: Cascadia
LMF Spork on 04/11/2010 13:29:11 MDT Print View

I've broken a fork tine fairly easily on a LMF spork, but the actual utensil does seem hard to break. This utensil is pretty easy to melt though. If you are frying in your pot you need to be really fast flipping stuff or it'll melt. Never try scraping off baked on food while you are frying.

Michael Meiser
(mmeiser) - F

Locale: Michigan
LMF forks and putting a blade on the handle of your ti spoon on 04/11/2010 21:34:31 MDT Print View

I've broken several LMF forks. I find extreme cold makes them brittle. However I loved the design so I now own a titanium version. Love it.

Like this idea of making a knife out of the titanium handle of a spoon. Unfortuneatly won't work with a LMF ti spork, but with a standard spoon you could extremely easily make a very simple and minimal sheath for it. This could well replace most people's need for a knife alltogether. Plus I think the spoon end would naturally make a decent handle in the palm of your hand.

At the very least one could use this idea to improvise a knife from a titanium spoon should they loose theirs on a trip. Though I'm not sure how long it would take to sharpen titanium on found stones. :)

b willi jones
(mrjones) - F

Locale: best place in the world !?
Re: Re: Light My Fire... on 04/15/2010 15:55:50 MDT Print View

i agree with this, those plastic ones are generally crap in my opinion. one thing i do like is the actual shape of the spoon end, its great at home for eating yoghurt. i also tend to eat using my right hand and the knife edge seems to annoy the area between finger and thumb (there is probably a name for this part of the hand). i did cut the fork end off one just to use the spoon which was nice, but also a waste of time because my darling wife put it in the dish washer, then it was screwed. do LMF make a left handed spork? if they did i still wouldnt get one, not even in Ti. none of the freeze dry i ever use on the trail needs cut with a knife, and if it did, i would be wanting to hold the thing down with the fork, but wait, thats the same end that has the knife. 'hold it with your fingers' i hear. if im getting my fingers all messy on some tasty little backcountry treat, then why use the LMF spork? bin the spork, go freeze dry, get a spoon - GO THE SPOON - p.s thanks for the tip though Ron, big ups

Edited by mrjones on 04/15/2010 15:57:13 MDT.

Nicholas Miller
(nmiller08) - F

Locale: Montana
LMF + dishwasher = on 04/17/2010 11:04:41 MDT Print View

Just out of curiosity what happened in the dishwasher? Melted? I could have sworn I've dishwashered one of these before.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
LMF spork and hygiene on 04/17/2010 12:34:26 MDT Print View

The plastic spork with a spoon on one end and a fork/knife on the other seemed like a good idea to me, but after using it, I rarely to never used the fork, and when I wanted to, I thought twice about putting that in my mouth after I'd been holding it with my grubby hands, since each side of that spork is the other side's handle!

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Much ado about nothing on 04/17/2010 18:05:03 MDT Print View

Yeah, plastic tools might break. Separate Lexan spoons and forks have worked for me for years. I keep one of the plastic LMF sporks in my lunchbox and we use them for picnicking. I have one of the Ti LMF sporks that works great for hiking.

I wouldn't sharpen the edge on a fork past the butter knife stage. I'm not sticking something truly sharp in my mouth. Sharpening a handle would be good, IF you could get some kind of hot-dip vinyl or molded silicone cover; otherwise, is just too much fiddle-factor.

Ultimately, I would just have my spork and a Swiss Army knife. If you want a light and cheap camp kitchen knife, a Victorinox paring knife is 0.75oz and $4.50.

Mark Cashmere
(tinkrtoy) - M

Locale: NEOH
FAIL on 04/26/2010 04:13:57 MDT Print View

Had a big fail with my first outdoor use of the LMF Spork last weekend as I was eating some cooked ramen in 60 degree weather - snapped right in half. Luckily, my buddy had a spare one that he wasn't using. I guess I will be moving on to more durable solutions.

Also, it really isn't long enough for freezer bag cooking (something else I was testing out).

Jack Newton
(figster) - F

Locale: Central Arkansas
Spare spork? on 04/26/2010 07:12:38 MDT Print View

If my hiking buddy had a spare spork, i'd find a new hiking buddy. ;p

Jack

Mark Cashmere
(tinkrtoy) - M

Locale: NEOH
Not UL for sure on 04/26/2010 08:01:11 MDT Print View

Yeah, I wasn't out with any UL'ers. The one guy had about 50 lbs on his back. HYOH. I have been paring down my kit and was just out to relax, test some new setups and hike a little. Needless to say that some stuff didn't work out as well as I had hoped. WIP :)

Edited by tinkrtoy on 04/26/2010 08:03:00 MDT.

Scott Lehr
(lehrscott4) - F

Locale: Louisville - KY
lmf spork on 04/26/2010 11:11:42 MDT Print View

That must have been some heavy ramen to snap a spork in half!

patrick johnson
(pjohnson78) - F
plasti dip on 05/07/2010 11:41:55 MDT Print View

This is a great idea!!! I'm going to the store right now to purchase some plasti dip. cover that edge for probably 1 or 2 grams. THANKS RON.