All You Need To Know About Tableware

All You Need To Know About Tableware

Tableware is something most millennial might not be accustomed to because they are used to getting their food on the go, nobody has the time to set a time and eat a proper meal anymore. Of course, you should know that tableware is made up of the dishes used to set up a table and there was a time when it was very necessary to know the different dish wares or table wares and their specific uses.

While tableware easily translates as the plates, spoons, and cups used to eat on the dining table, that is not all. There is so many other kitchenware that makes up the tableware.

The tableware is split into 4 categories which are; drinkware, Serving ware, flatware, and dinnerware. They cover all the parts of Tableware you need to know about.

  1.    Dinnerware

This category of tableware covers all the pieces used to serve individual meal portions. It includes;

  •    Charger plates

This plates are the largest for individual serving on the table and are used as the base for other dinner wares.

  •    Dinner plates

They are a little smaller than the charger and used to serve the main course.

  •    Salad plates

They are often placed on top of the dinner plates because they are smaller or placed to the left of the forks.

  •    Soup bowls

This dinnerware mostly comes from the kitchen during soup course and can be placed on the salad plate.

  •    Ramekins

They are also known as dessert dishes and are smaller than the dinner plates. They are also served from the kitchen.

  •    Bread plates

This is always placed at the top left side of each place setting because they are the smallest in this category.

  1.    Serving Ware

Serving wares are used to serve or display the food to be served to the group on the table. It includes;

  •    Trays
  •    Pitchers
  •    Bowls
  •    Carafes
  •    Platters
  1.    Flatware

These are the kitchen wares each on the table uses to eat the meal. They might be vaguely known as fork, spoon, and knife but it covers much more than that.

On the table, they are placed in order of usage, with salad fork starting on the left, knifes on the right and spoons outside. These flatware include;

  •    Salad Fork; they are used for your salad meal.
  •    Soup spoons; they are used for your soup dishes.
  •    Dessert forks; used for desserts
  •    Steak knifes
  •    Butter knives
  1.    Drinkware

You should know by now that this tableware category covers utensils used to drink. Although they include different types for different occasions or drinks. They include;

  •    Champagne flutes; they are used to drink champagne and are often at the right of wine glasses.
  •    Water Goblets; they are used to drink water and are placed above the knives on the table.
  •    Wine glasses; they are used to drink wine and are placed on the right side of the water Goblets.


While setting a table might not be so popular as it used to be, it does not hurt to know more about table wares and their placements, you just might need to impress someone with this information one of these days.

5 Reasons Why Every Kitchen Needs A Vegetable Slicer

5 Reasons Why Every Kitchen Needs A Vegetable Slicer

Certain kitchen appliances are necessary for every kitchen to aid in the cooking of different kinds of dishes. It is essential to have a vegetable slicer to help make the cooking process faster. Whether you are a vegetarian or a vegetable lover or enjoy cooking with vegetables, there is need to have a vegetable slicer in your kitchen.

Below is the outlined reasons why a vegetable slicer is needed in every kitchen.

It Saves Time

Vegetable slicer helps in slicing vegetables faster. You don’t need to spend much time chopping or cutting the vegetables with your kitchen knife and a chopping board. This is time-consuming and delays your cooking.

But with a vegetable slicer, your cooking process is swift, fun and enjoyable. Normally, what delays cooking is the chopping or cutting of vegetables, once this is done, your cooking becomes quicker. So, with a vegetable slicer, your cooking time automatically reduces.  

Uniformity And Fun Styles

Using a vegetable slicer to cut your vegetables will give your meal this fun, perfect and tantalizing look from afar. Like it slices your tomatoes in a uniform shape you want it. This leaves your meal attractive to the eyes and mouth watery.

There’s nothing like perfectly sliced vegetables to garnish your meal and make it look rich and delicious. So, it’s easy to say that having a vegetable slicer in your kitchen and using it to cook, makes your meal look rich.

They Have Variants Of Blades

Having vegetable slicer in your kitchen saves you the stress of chopping or cutting your vegetables in different sizes and styles. The variants of blades that can be attached to a vegetable slicer will do all that for you and even faster.

So, with these different varieties of blades that can be attached to it, you can do so many things with your vegetable slicer. You can grate your vegetables with it, make it fun to the eyes especially for kids. You can slice the vegetables in spiral forms or different shapes just to add more beauty to your meal.

No Need For Knife Skills.

You do not need to be an expert in the handling of knives for chopping your vegetables. With a vegetable slicer in your kitchen, the task of using the knife to do all that is pretty taken care of.

It also saves you cutting yourself. You can hardly suffer an injury or knife cut when using a vegetable slicer. It’s safe and reliable.

Easy To Maintain

Having a vegetable slicer in your kitchen doesn’t require much maintenance. It’s effortless to maintain. When you’re done using your vegetable slicer, wash, dry and keep it for next time. It’s as simple as that. And it doesn’t need servicing because it doesn’t use electricity or battery. It’s a standard kitchen appliance; easy to use and easy to maintain.

So, these are the reasons a vegetable slicer is needed in every kitchen. It’s easy to use, saves time, easy to maintain, and adds fun and richness to your meal. Above all, it makes your cooking fun and enjoyable.

Tips on Buying a Sushi Knife

Tips on Buying a Sushi Knife

Are you an aspiring sashimi chef or just someone who loves to make their own sushi? Either way this article is for you. We are going to be exploring probably the most important tool in making sushi. SUSHI KNIVES. This article aims to chronicle the things to look out for before splurging on that sushi knife.

For sushi, basically three knives are needed:

    Deba-bocho: Used for cutting through bones and cartilage of fish.

    Usuba-bocho: Used for tasks like chopping and slicing.

    Yanagiba: Used in tasks like slicing up fish fillets.

With this knowledge in mind, how then do you go about the task of buying that knife that suits you best?

  1.    Quality over quantity: It's always very tempting to go for a set of knives instead of buying them individually. While that in itself is not a bad thing, be sure to check for the quality of knives in the set, as you really don't want to end up buying another set of knives a few months down the line.
  2.    Ease of use: This is another important factor to look out for. Check for things like:

    How easy it is for you to handle the knife,

    How easy it is to resharpen,

    A durable edge and sharpness.

  1.    Carbon Steel: When buying a knife, it always pays to go for carbon steel. This is because the steel of these knives are coated with carbons, this helps in maintaining the sharpness of the knife while also making it very easy to resharpen. It is worth noting that carbon steel knives have the tendency to rust if not properly cleaned and dried after use.
  2.    Budget: As with anything, this is an integral part of your final decision. It pays to know beforehand the specific amount you want to spend on your knives. This will help in focusing on knives in your price range, such that you can pick the best available knife from the lot.
  3.    Handle: Always go for wooden handles. This is because wooden handles will not get slippery when wet. Besides, traditional Japanese knives are most often than not made with wooden handles, so why break tradition?
  4.    Bevel: Typical Japanese knives most often than not are only honed on one side, which is mostly the right side. When getting a knife then, dexterity should be put into consideration, as a left-handed individual will have to special order for a knife honed on the left side.
  5.    Aesthetics: Don't be swayed by the aesthetic qualities of the knife. This is because while the aesthetic properties have their place, it should not be the overall determining factor in choosing a knife.

You are now prepared to choose that knife or knives that will serve you well. Buying good knives is an art in itself and as such should be undertaken with the utmost attention to detail. This is to ensure that you get the utmost quality and value out of your knife.

In closing, a knife will only serve you well and for a long time, if it is maintained and stored properly. Good maintenance and storage are a major key!

Tips You Should Keep In Mind When Buying Kitchen Equipment

Tips You Should Keep In Mind When Buying Kitchen Equipment

Truth be told, we all love food. Food is very essential to our growth and the maintenance of a healthy mind and body so there is barely anybody who can survive without food. Because we all love and need food, we also must love the kitchen.

The kitchen is the place where almost all the food we eat is been prepared. In order to maintain a healthy diet and good cooking routine, we must delicately care for our kitchen and this includes buying the right cooking equipment to suit your kitchen.

These days, technology has affected almost every aspect of our lives including how we cook, our kitchen equipment and how we use them etc. The days when most of the processes involved in the cooking of our food is done manually are far gone, the invention and availability of grinders, stoves, toasters and many other modern-day kitchen equipment have evolved and made the process of cooking easier for us.

However, one downside of these new kitchen inventions is that there is now so many equipment in the market such that it is becoming more difficult for us to choose the ones that are suitable for our kitchen when we go to the market. This article is aimed at helping you go solve this problem by giving you a number of tips to keep in mind when buying kitchen equipment in other to make the perfect choices for your kitchen. Here are some of them:

Consider Your Budget: This should be one of your first and primary considerations when buying kitchen equipment. Budgeting is a key principle that applies to life generally. Before buying kitchen equipments, it is very important to consider the cost of the kitchen equipment in comparison to your wallet so that you do not end up broke after the purchase.

Consider The Size Of The Equipment: It is also very important to consider the size of the equipment you want to buy for your kitchen. When considering the size of the equipment, factors like the space available in your kitchen, how many people you are cooking for, the quantity of the food you are cooking, etc. should also be put into consideration in other to make perfect choices.

Consider The Function Of The Equipment: Different types of equipment in the kitchen perform different functions, it is advisable to look out for the equipment that individually performs the functions you mostly need in your kitchen. You should also look out for equipment that is not complicated to use and that is also user-friendly.  

Some other factors to consider when buying kitchen equipment are style, the frequency of use, etc.  

Making the perfect choices when buying a kitchen equipment for your kitchen does not just stop at helping us maintain a healthy diet and good cooking routine, it also goes ahead to give our kitchen the perfect esthetic look it deserves. These tips that have been outlined in this article is sure going to help you make that perfect choice for your kitchen equipment.  

The Importance Cooking with Cast Iron

The Importance Cooking with Cast Iron

Cooking is one of the most thriving endeavours on the face of the earth. Whether it is for personal consumption, or for family consumption, or whether it be for public consumption, cooking is done every day and on a regular basis, and it is important that it be done right.

The most popular of cooking wares, especially when we talk about pots, are made of cast iron. Cast iron cooking wares can be quite heavy. Despite this major disadvantage of the cast iron wares, it still serves a great deal in adding a couple of benefits to cooking. Besides,  the weight of these cast iron wares can be of advantage in gaining a couple of extra muscles. This wide patronage of cast ironwares over the years has left us with a lot of questions as to the benefits or importance of cast irons in kitchen wares. Cast iron wares have a lot of advantages when it comes to cooking.

Let us now consider a couple of benefits of cast iron in cooking.

  1.    Toughness

Cast iron wares are renowned for toughness. Taking a walk through various garage and junkyard sales and auctions is one is quick to come across a whole lot of these wares. Standing in the sales corner, sitting like antiques, one sees in them a first-hand impression of durability and toughness. Cast iron wares can stand the test of time. They are almost free from the sufferings occasioned on other wares by depreciation, as well as of fair wear and tear.

  1.    Heat retention

These wares come in very thick texture. Suffice it to say that thickness is one of the major characteristic features of the cast iron wares. This thickness enables these pots to have a high level of heat retention. This singular feature makes the cast iron wares very ideal for steaming meat and doing other sorts of simmering.

  1.    Better seasoning

Seasoning has never been better. When you are cooking with cast iron, it improves the active ingredients in the food being cooked. The food seasoning becomes more pronounced and more active. This way, you get a great tasting meal, far above comparison with other cooking wares, just for the single advantage of cooking with cast iron wares.

  1.    De-ionize food

Almost all our food contain a good amount of iron. Iron is good for the body, but as we already know, anything taken in excess can quickly turn counter-productive, causing our bodies, in the process, more harm than good. Cooking with cast iron helps check this excess. When you cook food with cast iron, your food goes through a simple iron reduction process. You may ask “how does this happen?” Cast iron, when heated, has the potential of absorbing a great amount of iron from the food. This is a special advantage of these wares. In the long run, your food is left well cooked and delicious, with an appropriate amount of iron sufficient for the body.

  1.    Beautiful display

One of the most important parts of cooking is the presentation and display of the food. Food cooked in cast iron wares have a great look when they are to be put on display, especially when the display takes place is the same or another cast ironware. The taste of the food is in the eating, but it takes the eyes to recommend the food as being good before it goes down your throat.

  1.    Pre-heat before cooking

When you cook with one of these wares, it is good to pre-heat the pot. This is popularly referred to as the sizzle and pop effect. This helps you know that the pot is ready to be used for cooking.

On a final note, cooking is fun, but the fun is more when you use the right wares in cooking. Cast iron, despite its weight, is a great ware with great potentials aimed at giving your meal that perfect touch as well as that seamless finish that anyone will desire or possibly imagine.