There is a spoon for every situation and situation for every spoon. That’s a saying right? OK, it is now. Flatware never fails to find a way. How about that one? Cutlery can do it? No, ok, we give up.
But there are different spoons for different needs and the fine folks at Architectural Digest wrote this amazing article about nine different types of spoon and what they are used for. I’m sure there is more than nine, I counted 14 in my spoon box. But this is a great start.
They discuss the following spoons:
Iced Beverage Spoon
Amuse Bouche Spoon
Bar or Cocktail Spoon
So over the next nine posts here at The Cutlery Review we will be picking our favorite of each of these types of spoons. Come on back and learn more!
We talk a lot about how certain types of coated cutlery should go in the dishwasher. But trust us, for your daily use stainless steel flatware the dishwasher is the way to go. And we, like you I’m certain, just drop all that cutlery into the bins on the bottom. The problem is that the cutlery smacks into each other while the water violently cleans and jostles them around. All those little hits add up to dents and marred cutlery. Well that problem can go away and give you even cleaner cutlery. The dishwasher designers figured out a solution but it seems they really didn’t tell us about it.
From the Dailymail.co.uk:
A professional cleaner has discovered a ‘mind blowing’ feature in her dishwasher for cleaning dirty cutlery. Liesl Elizabeth, who runs a cleaning service called Clean-Freak Cleaning Co. in Perth, shared a video showing how the knives and forks are laid down in the top rack while loading the dishwasher.
Typically used for long knives, bigger utensils and chopsticks, the mum-of-three was able to stack the cutlery perfectly in between the ridges of the tray.
‘I was today years old… learning the obvious,’ she joked.
So we tried it out here at The Cutlery Review (as our dishwasher has those little ridges in the top rack) and yup, it works pretty dam good!
noun cutting instruments collectively, especially knives for cutting food. utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food. the trade or business of a cutler.
What is the plural of cutlery? Is ‘cutlery’ an uncountable noun? Is it cutleries? Or is it just cutlery? In Canada we say multiple beer are beers but multiples moose are not mooses.
Pluralisation is a grammatical conundrum. Can flatware be flatwares? Can silverware be silvewares? They all seems to be cursed. Spoon is spoons, fork is forks, knife is knives but cutlery and flatware just don’t seem to enjoy being pluralized.
Over at https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cutlery they say “cutlery (countable and uncountable, plural cutleries)”. This isn’t helping. And someone else says “Cutlery is an uncountable noun. We cannot say a cutlery, but we can say, the cutlery, some cutlery or much cutlery.”
In an interesting article at Punchng.com Akeem Lasisi dives into this unusual cutlery writing problem. It’s something that has plagued us for years and we find it interesting. You might not, but we do, and sometimes we do post for us 🙂
A little bit of musical cutlery history today. This is flatware that really sings.
These very rare knives are known as notation knives. They are inscribed with a thank you for the meal prayer: ‘The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.’ On the other side the inscription reads: ‘The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.’
These 16th-century knives are in museum collections around the world, including examples at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Musée national de la Renaissance at Château d’Ecouen in France.
Each knife represents one part for a singer. A set of knives creates a complete symphony chorus of voices.