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Food safety issues for sterling silver bowls


#1

Hello:

This is my first question to Orchidians out there…all over the
world. I have begun to fabricate sterling silver bowls and sterling
silver spoons.

Should I put some sort of food safe wax or sealant on these items
and if so, what products would you suggest I use that are food safe?
Do I need to polish these items as I am concerned about the polish
reacting with some kinds of food or heat and I don’t wish to make
anyone ill.

Thanks very much for your advice and I really enjoy my daily dose of
Orchid. I have learned a great deal.

Heather
…on beautiful Vancouver Island (Lotus Land!)


#2

"Silverware’’ has historically been made from silver. So no, you
needn’t worry about toxicity from sterling silver bowls and spoon.

(Just be careful eating hot soup from sterling utensils!)


#3

Heather,

I have begun to fabricate sterling silver bowls and sterling
silver spoons. Should I put some sort of food safe wax or sealant on
these items and if so, what products would you suggest I use that
are food safe? 

There are foods that contain eggs and cream that one shouldn’t use
with silver holloware or flatware, and a silver salt shaker wiill
corrode after contact with salt. My cream pitcher has an interior
gold wash, and the salt shaker is corroded around the little holes.

Lorraine


#4

Gilding is the best solution. The blackening of the silver wont
affect its safety. Years ago, people who had a lot of silverware had
servants to polish it every day. Clean it and dry it. Salt is
hydroscopic so keep your salt cellar empty until you need to use it.
Food waxes will have to be cleaned off every time you use an article
so not practical.

Nick Royall


#5
Years ago, people who had a lot of silverware had servants to
polish it every day. 

In my family we use our silver every day. We did even when we were
little kids back in the 50’s. When you use it every day, no servants
needed. And… ice cream just tastes better when eaten off of a
silver spoon.

Have fun and make lots of jewelry.

Jo Haemer
www.timothywgreen.com