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Licking your plate?

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Created May 03, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Does anyone know another way for cleaning your plate and eating all the yummy fatty liquid (butter, coconut oil, animal fats)? Other than licking your plate?

Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is a better way than licking (if I wouldn't know better, I would say our tongue evolved for this purpose). But, except for at home, I don't feel comfortable licking...

Any thoughts for a paleo-etiquette? And have you experienced some other etiquette problems since going paleo?

Thanks ;-)

Pieter

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on March 19, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Pieter D, we'll just have to send you to Professor Henry Higgins. ;-) I believe I'm on his schedule for next week. Let's just say I'm glad I can eat lunch in the privacy of my office.

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on September 09, 2010
at 11:03 AM

I've found them on Amazon.de... they are in my basket now... Thank you! Perhaps I will keep one in my bag ;-)

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on May 09, 2010
at 03:46 AM

What an excellent find!

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on May 09, 2010
at 03:43 AM

YIKES! It's unpolite to eat bones with your hands in America?! I am too far gone!

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on May 05, 2010
at 06:17 AM

Funny, but when eating at my grandparents, we used to eat marrow once and a while. Now I've eaten it a few times in the last months. Yummy. And I understand why you feel like an animal.

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on May 05, 2010
at 02:45 AM

Pieter, if you have never eaten bone marrow I suggest you do so ASAP. If you are licking the plate already, this one will have you feeling far more uncivilized. I just ate it for the first time this evening and I felt like an animal. It is unbelievably good if you like fat. I was only disappointed that I didn't have more.

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on May 04, 2010
at 11:21 PM

I think I'll need to find one of those. Nice.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on May 04, 2010
at 01:53 PM

Seems I will have to practice a bit at home first.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on May 04, 2010
at 01:53 PM

I live in Belgium, that's just above France, and I've never heard of these spoons. I should try them out. Thanks for the suggestion!

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on May 03, 2010
at 06:15 PM

But isn't licking your plate the best compliment you can give to the cook? You will not do this if you didn't like the food. ;-)

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on May 03, 2010
at 06:13 PM

I have two little sons who don't really know the difference between at home or elsewhere, so I go to the kitchen to lick my plate. I can't wait till they are old enough to understand...

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on May 03, 2010
at 06:12 PM

Yes, the bones indeed! I don't know, but in Belgium it is not unpolite to eat bones of fowl or ribs with your hands. Unfortunately, licking your fingers is! How stupid!

B4313b18cc03036a6147543d7b0872d6

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on May 03, 2010
at 05:55 PM

That's exactly what I did at Saturday breakfast. My plate was dripping in egg yolk, so I asked the waitress for a spoon and slurped it up. (Had I been at home, I would have licked it up: politeness prevails in public.)

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on May 03, 2010
at 04:09 PM

OMG, you caught me! :-)

Truly, paleo food is way too good to waste even a drop, and I am the worst about licking my plate, but I do have to rein it in when eating with others, to avoid grossing them out.

One thing I do when amongst polite company is to save a bite or two of vegetable, like cauliflower or turnip, or whatever I have that might be able to pick up a few drops, but in some cases it's only the spoon that saves the day....and only marginally at that. I have been accused by some of trying to scrape the picture off the bottom of the plate with my spoon, so I have to be careful about even that. All that clanking and scraping gives me away!

Other etiquette problems? YES! There's those darn bones that are so messy to get all the meat off, but ever so good for you!

A1a4882d31414600b2cab395a5b17161

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on May 09, 2010
at 03:43 AM

YIKES! It's unpolite to eat bones with your hands in America?! I am too far gone!

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on May 03, 2010
at 06:12 PM

Yes, the bones indeed! I don't know, but in Belgium it is not unpolite to eat bones of fowl or ribs with your hands. Unfortunately, licking your fingers is! How stupid!

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C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on May 03, 2010
at 04:16 PM

This is hilarious, because I never considered how much I lick my plate now that I eat everything covered in delicious fats. Unfortunately bread was always the tool for soaking up sauce, butter, etc. I especially have a hard time with eggs b/c I like the yolk barely cooked and they end up stuck on the plate. My suggestion would be to put a layer of lettuce, one with big soft leaves like buttercrunch, under your meal. Kind of like a second plate. This way all the juices and fat end up on the lettuce which you can easily eat. I agree it's probably not the best etiquette to lick your plate in public, however, plate licking is much less offensive to me then yapping loudly on a cell phone, texting while conversating or any other typical disgusting behaviors I witness every day. I think the most basic and prevalent etiquette problem paleo folks deal with is how to turn down food from someone without being rude. I suspect this will never get easier and will always be uncomfortable. I try not to be obsessive, but there are some "foods" I will just not eat.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on May 03, 2010
at 06:13 PM

I have two little sons who don't really know the difference between at home or elsewhere, so I go to the kitchen to lick my plate. I can't wait till they are old enough to understand...

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on May 04, 2010
at 12:51 PM

Scraping up the liquid with a regular spoon is hard. That's why the French--who love their sauces--invented the sauce spoon!

http://www.splendidmarket.com/2010/02/sauce-spoons-and-visit-to-lauberge-de.html

B4313b18cc03036a6147543d7b0872d6

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on May 04, 2010
at 11:21 PM

I think I'll need to find one of those. Nice.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on May 04, 2010
at 01:53 PM

I live in Belgium, that's just above France, and I've never heard of these spoons. I should try them out. Thanks for the suggestion!

A1a4882d31414600b2cab395a5b17161

(699)

on May 09, 2010
at 03:46 AM

What an excellent find!

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on September 09, 2010
at 11:03 AM

I've found them on Amazon.de... they are in my basket now... Thank you! Perhaps I will keep one in my bag ;-)

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A1a4882d31414600b2cab395a5b17161

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on May 03, 2010
at 11:01 PM

FANTASTIC QUESTION! I love licking my plate now that I have gone Paleo. Depending on the company you are keeping, you might try asking them if you can lick your plate but be sure to explain how you absolutely love the fat and think it's the best part of the meal. If that isn't an option, which it probably isn't, you can try propping one end of your plate up so the fat flows to the lower side, then you may be able to quickly drink some of the fat off you plate. Far more polite than licking.

My roommate is absolutely disgusted with me for drinking the fat out of the roasting pan.

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on March 19, 2011
at 10:14 PM

I typically line a bowl with leafy greens, then drop my dead animal right into the bowl. Anything that tries to escape gets caught by the greens, and since it's in a bowl, it pools and my veggies soak up all the delicious flavors. :)

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on May 04, 2010
at 01:30 PM

When I first saw your question I thought you must have been to dinner with me, then I thought you were stalking me, then I realised it's just part of being Paleo. I don't know if it's any more socially acceptable but a mate of mine uses his thumb and can leave his plate spotless in no time.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on May 04, 2010
at 01:53 PM

Seems I will have to practice a bit at home first.

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on May 03, 2010
at 04:13 PM

Is that not what your slice of bread is for? :)

Honestly licking ones plate is simply dreadful table manners, you shall never be allowed out in polite society again. Use a spoon if you must you caveman!

B4313b18cc03036a6147543d7b0872d6

(566)

on May 03, 2010
at 05:55 PM

That's exactly what I did at Saturday breakfast. My plate was dripping in egg yolk, so I asked the waitress for a spoon and slurped it up. (Had I been at home, I would have licked it up: politeness prevails in public.)

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on May 03, 2010
at 06:15 PM

But isn't licking your plate the best compliment you can give to the cook? You will not do this if you didn't like the food. ;-)

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:57 PM

LOL. We lick our plates at home. :-) But I have to remind my kids to please not do this in public. If we were still in my native Philippines, it wouldn't be a problem, we traditionally eat with our hands and it's not impolite to scoop food from plate to mouth.

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:28 PM

I don't have any techniques sans licking. Perhaps those precious drops shall remain untouched on your plate for the constrains of social 'etiquette'. I usually eat at home though ... so I of course put my highly-adapted-food-particle appendage to use(my tongue) as necessary.

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on May 10, 2010
at 03:21 PM

Eat the fatty/juicy thing first. That pile of greens is wonderfully absorbent to mop up all the good parts left on the plate!

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on May 09, 2010
at 03:40 AM

Screw it - just LICK AWAY!!!! HA HA - That's what I do and I don't care!!!

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on May 03, 2010
at 08:17 PM

While on spring break I encountered this problem several times when I ordered eggs for breakfast while surrounded by polite company.

Bacon, however, turned out to be pretty darn good at soaking/scraping up egg yoke.

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C76eced60ac16a6a95551cf2f319820f

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on May 03, 2010
at 07:17 PM

Only one word necessary: SPUDS

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on May 03, 2010
at 05:03 PM

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