Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Recently I decided to buy new dinnerware, the old having served for many years and being minus some items by attrition.
But, Lo and Behold, I could not find dinner plates that would fit in my dishwasher. Whereas the old dinnerware had 10 inch plates with ample borders to help me with portion control, the majority of the dinnerware on the American market today had 11 inch plates, many without borders, to hold more food and more calories. Dinnerware has expanded to accommodate our expanding portions.
In the end I purchased a pattern with large salad/lunch plates and bought some 10 1/2 inch square plates which must be inclined in the dishwasher in order that the spinner moves freely and does not bang into the plates. I was not happy with the ultimate choice size-wise, but after searching the Internet I realized that if I wanted smaller plates I would (1) have to make them myself in a pottery class (2) purchase them from abroad or (3) purchase them at thrift stores.
Do you think that the china and stoneware manufacturers are conspiring against us? Or are they accommodating our larger portion sizes? How have you handled this problem?