CUTLERY AND ITS DISTRIBUTION
Cutlery is an extremely important element of every tableware. Not only we cannot eat in a civilized way without them, but often cutlery says a lot about us. When we receive guests or have a more important celebration at home, then it is worth pulling out a more representative set, because this is one way to show respect to guests.
Cutlery is a very important element of every tableware. Not only we cannot eat in a civilized way without them, but often cutlery says a lot about us. When we receive guests or have a more important celebration at home, then it is worth pulling out a more representative set, because this is one way to show respect to the guests. What set we choose depends on many factors, such as our sense of taste, or visual preferences, or the budget we can spend on their purchase. Cutlery is also a very good idea for a gift, which in the past was often given on the occasion of a wedding. Nowadays it is less common to give this kind of gift to a young couple, but there are many other occasions when it is worth to present someone with a beautiful and practical cutlery set (see the cutlery gallery at https://naczynia.olkusz.pl/en/c/Sztucce/32).
Basic cutlery includes spoons, forks and knives, but they come in different sizes so they have different purposes. Small forks are used for putting cheese or cold cuts, while large forks are used for putting sliced meat or other dishes. In theory, you could interchange them and use small forks for roasting and large forks for putting cheese on, but this is considered not very elegant. Every home should have a cutlery set, and when choosing it, we should be guided primarily by its size. The most popular sets consist of 24 pieces, 6 for each piece. So we have 6 pieces of forks, knives, spoons and small spoons. This is an absolute standard, which is an excellent choice as a gift for someone who is moving into a new apartment. They can be completely smooth and elegant, and it is often possible to find cutlery with beautiful grooves that give the cutlery character. All cutlery is made of stainless steel, but steel is not equal to steel.
The best choice is cutlery made of steel with the symbol 18/10, which means that it has in its composition 18% of nickel and 10% of chrome. This combination provides protection in many situations, but in the case of cutlery it is all about keeping the steel fresh and shining for many years. This is because cutlery remains fresh even after prolonged periods of unskilful cleaning. I should remember that although spoons, forks, and knives can be cleaned in a dishwasher, it is better to do it manually in case of better quality cutlery, because this way we significantly reduce the risk of scratches. Cutlery can be washed very quickly, so it is not time-consuming, and it is best to use soft sponges and delicate detergents. Special attention should be paid to pieces with wooden handles. Although wood is properly protected, it is better not to keep them in water for too long. If you clean serrated knives, wipe them thoroughly so that water does not remain between the teeth. Staying on the subject of taking care of cutlery, it is worth mentioning old forks, spoons and knives made of silver. It is an expensive metal, so the price of such a set will never be low, but sometimes we own such cutlery even after our grandmother. They develop a patina over time. If you want to get rid of it, cover the bottom of a dish with aluminum foil, add two teaspoons of salt, put cutlery there and pour hot water. After 10 minutes wipe them with a cloth and you will see beautiful and shiny cutlery.
Spoons, forks and knives should be in every home, and it is best to have at least two sets – one standard and one elegant, especially for guests. For the latter, it is advisable to opt for larger sets with, for example, 48 pieces. If we want our set to be even more unique, we can assemble it ourselves from individual pieces of cutlery. Some people go a step further and decide to engrave something in steel. It is a very good idea especially when we plan to give cutlery as a gift.