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TYPES OF GLASSWARE

Updated on April 17, 2010

GLASSWARE OR BEVERAGEWARE

Glassware includes goblets, tumblers, wine glasses and ordinary glasses. They give a certain sparkle to the appearance of the table. Technology has extended the varieties of glassware with plastic and paper. The wide use of plastic glasses and disposable paper cups reveals ready acceptance by the buying public. However glassware is preferred for its beauty and elegance. It is a must for formal settings.

TYPES OF GLASSWARE ACCORDING TO MATERIALS

1. Lead glass or crystal

This is the most expensive and most beautiful glass.

It has a brilliant luster and emits a clear, bell-like ring when tapped. Most crystals are handblown

2. Lime glass

Lime glass can be inexpensively produced and other popular glass dishes are made from it. It is most popular for daily use. It is usually molded or pressed and emits a dull sound when tapped.

3. Milk glass or borosilicate

This is a heat-resistant, milk-white or colored. It is durable, has little luster and sounds dull when tapped. Trade names include Pyrex, Glassbake and Fire King.

CARE AND USE OF GLASSWARE

1. Take hold of tumblers and small glasses by encircling them at the base with the thumb and the first two fingers.

2. Grasp a footed or stemmed water glass (goblets) at the base of the bowl between the thumb and the first two fingers.

3. Grasp wine glasses by the stem.

4. Handle pieces of glass individually when washing

5. Stand glasses with the head up to prevent chipping.

6. Avoid quick changes in temperature. Extreme heat causes glass to expand, extreme cold causes it to contract. When pouring hot water into glasses, leave a metal spoon inside to absorb the heat.

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