7 Smart Storage Tips for Special Occasion Dishware, Silverware and Serving Vessels

Skip the pre-dinner wash by following these tips to keep stored items clean and ready to go.


Dishware on shelves

Photo by: Jupiterimages


Dishware on shelves

Holiday-themed dishware, crystal stemware and other heirloom-quality serveware often go unused for weeks, resulting in dust and other build-up, which means doing the dishes before and after the meal. Skip the pre-dinner wash by following these tips to keep stored items clean and ready to go.

1. Store the top plate of a stack of plates upside down. This will prevent dust and pests from settling on the surface of the plate used when eating. If needed, lay a few wine corks underneath on their side to keep the inverted top plate from sliding.

2. Some stemware can be stored upside-down to prevent dust from collecting in the bowl — but not crystal stemware, since the crystal may crack under pressure. Group fragile stemware together and drape a cloth napkin on top to keep dust from settling inside. If grime collects on the outside, hold the stemware over boiling water to loosen before washing.

3. Wrap sterling silver serving platters and silverware in plastic wrap or resealable plastic bags to limit the silver’s exposure to air, which causes tarnishing. Add pieces of chalk or silica dessicant packets to the packages; both absorb moisture and prevent tarnishing.

4. Slip a coffee filter in between stacks of plates to prevent nicks. For fragile china, keep the stacks short to prevent the weight of the stack from damaging plates towards the bottom.

5. Store serving vessels and stacks of plates in recycled-plastic dry cleaning bags to prevent dust from collecting.

6. Store items in boxes to ward off dust and pests and for easy retrieval. Plus, use the boxes as a platform in your pantry for additional storage.

7. Line serving vessels like a tray or cake stand with a cloth napkin to keep the surface free from dust.

Next Up

How Long Food Lasts in Your Pantry

Consider this your essential guide to knowing what stays and what goes next time you clean out the pantry.

At Your Disposal: How to Use Up Kitchen Waste

Chefs tell Food Network Magazine how they use perfectly good ingredients that the rest of us throw away.

Homemade Natural Cleaning Products

Non-toxic household cleaning supplies can be made with items likely to be found in your home.

How to Clean a Grill

Cleaning grill grates before or after grilling is a must: This helps prevent food from attaching and keeps leftover grit from sticking to your food. All grills should be cleaned at the start of the season to keep everything in tip-top shape.

Your Chocolate Questions, Answered

Food Network stars answer your chocolate questions.

7 Tips to Organize Your Decorating and Baking Supplies

Much of the organizing of decorating and baking supplies comes down to labeled bins you can nest and stack.

How to Sanitize a Kitchen Sponge

Your kitchen sponge has a dirty secret: It may be one of the filthiest spots in your home. Here are two ways to clean it.

7 Tips to Organize Your Spice Rack

Before you begin to organize your spices, go through what you have and discard any that are old and have no scent. Combine duplicates into one jar if possible.

Everything You Need to Know About Dry Ice

Be sure to keep this in mind before transporting it in your car.

The Dos and Don'ts of Shopping for Meat at the Supermarket

Follow these tips to be sure you're taking home a choice piece of meat.

Latest Stories