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Saturday, February 4, 2012

History of Chafing Dishes

Cafing Dishes have been around for thousands of years and are a type of indoor grill as all fire and possibly the precursor of the fondue. Stoves have been beautifully crafted bronze found in the ruins of Pompeii, they showed in the first century after Christ. They were much appreciated by the Romans in their sumptuous banquets and later in historical letters from the year 1520, when the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes to Charles V describes their abundant use of plates and bowls to keep warm in sumptuous banquets for hundreds of noble feasts mentioned in the height of the Aztec empire. The sixteenth century Baroque painter Diego Velazquez portrait of a woman preparing a meal of eggs in a stove and Louis XV kitchen, it serves to keep the delicious dishes of the culinary hot courtiers. In the seventeenth century, this type of cookware has been documented in the household in America.

Velasquez seems to be rubbing flat sandstone, silver chafing, but used as a platform heater were under the reign of Queen Anne, mentioned at the end of the seventeenth century. It was George II, in the mid-eighteenth century, who had the foresight to put handles on stoves that have made life so much easier for chefs and cooks servants must of the time! The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, shows a dish of bright brass rubbing with brass fittings dating back to the 1895th The copper is ideal because it is durable and conducts heat evenly, while the rest brass handles cool enough lift and move.

In the 1950s, the hostess trolley has been designed. This was to mimic substantially a chafing dish large (or series of courses) on wheels in a wood surround, one piece of furniture. It was assumed that women leave the kitchen, with the foods you prepare in advance and keep them warm while they entertained guests with her husband. This fell into disuse rather quickly, as was the preference for dining with a taste for food left on a hot plate for several hours! With the declining popularity of the trolley hostess came the rebirth of the stove, versatile, compact, portable and more attractive than large wooden plates at several levels to the hearses.

Today silver cafing dish (or at least silver plated) is a popular accessory for any table and can cost as little as $ 15.00 and if your taste for Princess House collectibles Fantasia silver platter or tray is traditional, it will scour distribute it to match your decor and taste and fun to make friends for dinner a little easier for you.

1 comment:

  1. That's a good amount of historical info on chafing dishes. I always suggest going for the traditional silver plated chafing dish because of its elegant finish.