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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, July 2020, Consulting the Silver Expert

Consulting the Silver Expert

by Jeff Herman

Some more random Questions and Answers

Q: Can I use my plated meat-tray to cook chicken or beef in the oven?

A I wouldn’t put any silver plate in the oven. Some objects may contain low-melting lead alloy parts (e.g. handles, applied rims, etc.) that may melt if the heat goes above 250 degrees. Additionally, you wouldn’t want to use an abrasive pad to remove food that was baked onto the piece. I would advise cooking only in oven-safe materials, then placing what was baked in the silver-plated piece.

Will a crystal salt lamp tarnish silver in its vicinity?

Salt molecules in the air will corrode silver. I don’t know if heat from the bulb accelerates the dispersal of the salt in the crystal. Regardless, I wouldn’t place salt anywhere near silver. And remember to empty silver salt-shakers when not in use.

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