After every dinner or family celebration, there eventually comes a time when you have to store your freshly washed dishes. Last year I changed the storage method I was using for glass plates – specifically the Fostoria American plates. This same methodology; however, will work for just about any type of dinner plate you have – from bone china to crystal.
You can buy paper plates in a variety of forms – from laminated, non-laminated, plain or patterned, with or without foam, and/or in white or bright solid colors. I prefer the foam variety for an added layer of cushioning and protection – especially when dealing with crystal or glass plates. That being said, I also like sturdy and decorative paper plates, and use a variety of them for different needs. Sturdiness means more protection – and that is very important when you are dealing with heavy glass plates. The flowered variety or heart-shaped paper plates offer nothing more than some much needed beauty (and a splash of color) in the storage cabinet!
Another possible option to have on hand are the soft white felt plate protectors. They will not take up as much space in the cabinet, simply because the felt protectors are thinner than a paper plate. If square footage or available cupboard space is limited, these might be a better choice for you. They come in a set, prepackaged, and in different sizes.
I used to store my glass plates with either bubble wrap or tissue paper sandwiched between each plate. The system worked pretty well, and it did protect the two plates from scratching or rubbing one another. However, after reaching in and out of the cabinet several times, I noticed one small problem. Often, I would have to move the stack of plates to get to another item I needed. Obviously, I did this was care … but as hard as I tried, every now and again the stack of plates would hit something else that was sitting near it. When this happened, I nervously wondered … “Did I just chip the edge of one of those plates?” So while the tissue paper is great, it is not sturdy enough to protect the “edges” of the plates. It is flimsy, so it bends upon any type of contact – offering no protection to the edges and sides of the plates. Bubble wrap is better – if you wrap the entire plate! That option; however, takes up even more room than using paper plates, and it is very cumbersome to slide, not to mention unwrap.
What I needed was protection for the tops and bottoms of my plates, in addition to the sides and edges. That is where the paper plates came to the rescue! If you have plates with smooth or serrated edges, just remember to use a paper plate slightly larger in diameter than your glass plates. You absolutely need to have a paper plate overhang; otherwise, there will be no protection for the delicate edges of your plates. This is extremely important, but especially for those pieces with serrated edges. I try to protect those type of plates with at least a one-inch buffer overhang. Without it, you run the risk of bumping one of the outermost points of the serrated edge.
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