Perfectly Practical #57 - Silverware

Reed & Barton Spanish Baroque Sterling Silver 4 Piece Place Setting

Everyone I know that goes to a chiropractor or homeopath has had the virtues of colloidal silver extolled to them.  Silver has antiseptic, germicidal, antimicrobial, disinfectant, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for everyday use but especially when your body is run down.

In the olden days, a silver coin would be placed at the bottom of a milk jug to keep the milk from spoiling too soon or was put in a water jug to purify the water.  So it stands to reason that it would be healthier for you to eat with silver - just like it is healthier for you to cook with cast iron.

I am a sucker for sterling flatware.  I love the look of it.  The feel of it.  The smell of it.  The taste of it.

People kind of freak out when you talk about sterling flatware since it has a "snob" and/or a "fraidy cat" factor associated with it.  The fact of the matter is, you can pick up sterling pieces inexpensively from estate sales all the time.  Another route would be to check jewelry stores or pawn shops since people often sell their sterling flatware when it is an inheritance. 

Also, the thought of standing in the kitchen polishing for hours is not appealing to most people.  It certainly doesn't appeal to me but then again, you could just throw it in the dishwasher.  (I heard you gasp.)

There are a few differences in your treatment of silver as compared with stainless:

 - You do have to be careful about mixing metals - as in don't throw your silver in the dishwasher with your stainless. 
 - Don't use citrusy dish soap with silver.
 - As soon as you are finished using the flatware, soak it if you aren't going to wash it right away.    

Consider using your sterling as your everyday flatware since the more it is used, the nicer it keeps.  After all, it was made to be used.

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  1. oh this post makes me want to run out and buy some real silverware!


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