How to Eat on Wooden Plates

Written by amanda c. kooser
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Before there was porcelain and plastic dinnerware, wooden plates were the choice for eating. Wooden plates insulate food well, aren't prone to breaking when dropped and are an attractive alternative to standard plates. Wooden plates also are used for historical re-enactments.

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Things you need

  • wooden plates
  • dishwashing detergent
  • food-safe finishing oil
  • beeswax

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    Using Wooden Plates

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    Purchase wooden plates. Wooden plates are available from speciality dealers online, including woodcrafters and historical re-enactment supply companies. You might be able to find a local craftsman who makes wooden plates. Art fairs are a good place to check.

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    Check the finish on your plates. Wooden plates that are meant to be used for eating should have a food-safe finish. If the plates are unfinished, you can finish them yourself by applying mineral oil, walnut oil or beeswax.

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    Serve food on the wooden plates. Wooden plates can be used like any other plate; they don't need to be saved for a special occasion. Wooden plates are very durable and can hold up under many years of use.

    Care of Wooden Plates

  1. 1

    Wash plates immediately after use. Don't give food or liquids time to soak into the wood. Wash with a mild detergent and hot water.

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    Dry the plates. Use a dish towel or place the plates in a drainer so that water does not pool up on the surface and they can air dry completely.

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    Reapply the finish if necessary. Wooden plates that are finished with oils like mineral oil, walnut oil or olive oil need to be refinished periodically. Every two to three months is a good idea.

Tips and warnings

  • Hardwoods like oak and sycamore make durable plates.
  • Wooden plates are useful for picnics and camping.
  • Do not leave a wooden plate in contact with a hot surface like an oven.

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