Flatware has become such an everyday feature of our lives that we rarely stop to consider its origins and history. Today, you can go to any department store and find a set of stainless steel silverware, but that wasn’t always the case.
In fact, the cutlery that you see today was predated by vintage silverware. Interested? Here’s a deep dive into the history of vintage silverware.View Full Article…
There’s an appliance for every step in cooking nowadays, but knives remain the most important tool in our kitchen. While professional knife sets can include up to 18 different knives, there are about four or five essential kitchen knives every cooking enthusiast should have.
6″ Chef’s Knife
The long, smooth blade of a chef’s knife is perfect for slicing and chopping most fruits, vegetables, and meats. When turned on its side, its flat surface can be used to crush ingredients. A chef’s knife is the most versatile knife in your knife drawer, so it will see the most use out of all your knives.
When shopping for a chef’s knife, look for one with a stainless steel blade and durable handle. The 6-inch chef’s knife from Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II Collection is a good choice for cooks of every level. View Full Article…
Summer is upon us, and that can only mean one thing: grilling season is here. One of the most rewarding feelings is inviting over all your family and friends for some good ol’ grilling. See, back in the days grilling was much more simplistic, but over the years its become a sort of art form for many.
However, if you’re new to the craft, you might be a little intimidated and or unaware of the essential tools to do the job right. Worry no more, the following are a list of the essential grilling tools you will need to do a proper job this summer.
If you’re like many hosts who entertained during the winter holidays, your spring cleaning to-do list is growing rather than shrinking.
The silver remains unpolished. A roll of Santa wrapping paper lives under the bed. Your list of New Year’s resolutions still mocks from beneath a refrigerator magnet, and a heart-shaped cookie plate keeps showing up on the breakfast table.
Restoring order so that you can focus on your soon-to-be beach body is easier than you think. Once you make a little progress, spring cleaning goes surprisingly fast. It’s simply a matter of careful planning and investing in a few products that will help you stay organized year-round.
Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has enthralled spectators from around the world, making it the oldest continuous sporting event in America. You needn’t have a stake in the outcome or even know much about thoroughbred horse racing to get swept up in the excitement. An appreciation for boozy Southern drinks and outrageous hats will suffice.
The big event is all over in a couple of minutes, so start your celebration early.
To the delight of rich folks all over England, separate courses became a way of dining and showing off in the 1850s. Twenty-four-piece place settings were not uncommon. Even guests who didn’t know any better found it hard to prop their elbows on the table.
Seafood utensils, some of the most misunderstood pieces of flatware, emerged during this time. Most are lovely and unusual, but a few are downright intimidating. Guests often wait nervously until a savvier dinner companion leads the way.
Nothing makes a gift more personal than customized engraving. Not only does the recipient feel valued and special, but engraving adds context for future generations that come across treasures passed down in families.
Silver Superstore is proud to offer this silver engraving to our customers, and we wanted to pull back the curtain and share what goes into this process that turns any ordinary gift into an extraordinary one.
There are two techniques for enhancing gifts with a personal touch.
Silver is among the most beautiful precious metals found on Earth. It is rare enough that owning it is a status symbol. It is also common enough to be an affordable luxury. If you enjoy silver, you may have a collection of silver coins, a few pieces of silver jewelry or a set of silver flatware. You may even have a treasured set of silver Moscow Mule mugs or julep cups.
If silver has any weakness as a precious metal, it is the fact that it forms silver sulfide after prolonged exposure to sulfur in the air. The black tarnish mars appearance of the otherwise beautiful metal. Severe tarnish might even cause you to avoid displaying or using your silver items.
Don’t let the fear of tarnish prevent you from using your silver regularly. Polishing silver is actually quite easy. Doing it safely, though, takes time. You want to remove the worst of the tarnish without damaging the silver’s finish or removing the natural patina, so patience is a virtue when polishing silver.