Serving in Silver Utensils: Foods to Avoid
The tradition of serving food in silver vessels goes as long back as we can think. Even our ancestors must have known the benefits we get when eating in silver vessels.
Here are some of the benefits of serving food in silver vessels:
1. It boosts immunity – Silver being an anti-bacterial element always repels the production of bacteria and helps boost immunity this way.
2. Nontoxic – Being anti-bacterial, it kills any bacteria present in the food and helps make your food non-toxic.
3. Helps your food retain freshness and water content – Our ancestors often used silver to keep water fresh. They even used to store wines in silver vessels to retain its freshness.
But everything has exceptions including using silver. So there are some foods which might react with silver and might not be healthy for you or the baby.
Foods which should be avoided when serving in silver vessels
This blog is especially for those of you who proudly own a silver set of cutlery. Serving food in silver vessels is often seen as a royal gesture, but there are certain precautions which should be taken and certain food items which should be avoided when serving food in silver vessels.
Here is a list of some of the ingredients which will give an idea about which dishes should be avoided when serving food in silver vessels.
If you have guests and you have to serve salt in silver shaker during supper or lunch, immediately empty it as soon as the guests leave. After emptying it, wash the silver shaker with any non-lemon based soap and then again with water to remove all the salt residues which might corrode the silver. After washing thoroughly, dry it by using a clean cotton cloth.
If you notice any black spots or corrosion in the shaker, give it a 10-minute ammonia bath inside any sealed container. Check your silver shaker every 10 minutes up to 45 minutes, if the black spots still remain, give it for professional cleaning.
It is best to avoid serving any acidic food item in your silver cutlery set. Any acidic food containing lemon, vinegar as well as pickles harm your silver set once they come in direct contact with your silver vessels.
Always avoid serving onions, puddings, custards or any dishes containing eggs like mayonnaise, omelette in it. Such food items will react once they come into direct contact with the silver. Stains caused by them is actually a layer of tarnish which gets formed when sulphur in these food items combines with silver of your vessels and leaves a thin layer of silver-sulphide on the surface of your silver vessel. As silver sulphide is black, the stains caused by sulphur are also black.
Avoid serving foods containing eggs to baby in silverware.
Avoid ruining your silver vessels when washing them
Not only you should avoid some food items as they can harm your sterling silver set, but you also need to be extremely careful when cleaning these vessels.
As silver is delicate, it needs to be washed carefully and is not for the casual washers who prefer the harsh dishwasher environment. Using dishwashers, pads and abrasive detergents can easily ruin your silver set as it might cause scratches and decrease the shine of your set. Always try to prefer a non-lemon based soap along with warm water to wash your silver set.
Another important point to remember while cleaning your silver set is that always try to avoid using chemical silver dips for cleaning corrosion of tarnish from your silver set. These stain removers contain chemicals which are highly toxic and will harm your silver set.