I was cooking rice, beans and sausage for my friend and I but since we are living very low budget my only utensils were plastic forks, knives, and spoons (really cheap ones that come in packs of like 48). I was picking up the sausage in pieces and putting them in a bowl when I noticed the fork had begun to melt. Luckily these are not for until tomorrow but I was wondering if it is safe to eat them since the fork did not seem to leave any plastic behind and was only in the sausage for about 30 seconds. I just don't want to feed my friend contaminated sausage. Thanks.

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    Unless you make a habit of it, you should be fine. But if I were you, I'd check how much a set of used silverware is (at a garage sale or thriftstore). I have a hunch that buying two packs of plastic ones costs more...
    – Stephie
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 5:40
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    It's none of my business, not knowing your situation, nor do I know where you're located, but IKEA sells 24 piece stainless steel cutlery sets starting from €10 / £7.75 / $8. Is plastic cutlery really much more cost effective? Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 7:14
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    And I forgot: Your metal forks and spoons can do double duty as cooking utensils in pots and (non-nonstick) pans, your plastic ones obviously can't.
    – Stephie
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 7:45
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    @WillemvanRumpt Right! And there's craigslist, freecycle etc. Sometimes people are simply happy that Granny's old stuff will be used again instead of going to the dumpster.
    – Stephie
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 7:52
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    @Dev : Thrift stores and/or yard sales are your friend -- you can often get a few utensils for couple of dollars. Even if you can't bring them home with you, you can either sell them off to someone else or donate them back to the thrift store. Your next best options are dollar stores -- still inexpensive, but they're likely of lower quality (although new, not used)
    – Joe
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:27

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  1. The plastic fork just melt (soften) a little bit, no biggie, you should be able to eat that.

  2. You should buy cheap cutlery at the dollar store, you do not need many, maybe 4 sets (fork, spoon knife); when your exchange session is over, just leave them in your apartment; no need to bring them back with you.

  3. Using real cutlery and washing them is better for the environment than using cheap plastic cutlery and throwing them in the trash (*)

(*) Unless you buy expensive biodegradable or compostable cutlery.

  • Various studies have shown that the energy used to make and wash cups is more than their lifetimes worth energy to make polystyrene cups. May apply to plastic forks too?
    – TFD
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 0:00

No it won't hurt you but for the money you spend on plastic you can find stainless at a thrift store or garage sale.

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