Origins Of Glassware
According to some experts, it is believed that the development of glass technology may have started in 1730 BCE in India, but the earliest glass objects ever known were from the mid-2000 BCE. It is also said that glass-making history originated at least 3600 years ago. The glassware was considered a luxury till the bronze age arrived and terminated the trend of glassware for a few years.
Importance of Glassware
The human survival of eating and drinking is impacted by many things, in which utensils play a major role. The roles of utensils directly affect the manner of food intake and also our psychology. It is not always about correctly eating proper food, but it is about the proper kind of dinnerware and glassware that is used while eating.
If dinnerware’s are your concern, it is suggested to go for the elegancy, not-so-expensive and should not fade easily. While for the glassware, it is suggested to go for sturdiness and non-slipperiness, as slipping away from the hands of guests can be a nightmare for you.
The dinnerware and glassware can be our mood makers and mood killers both even if the food is finger-licking good. For that, a lesson in chemistry “symmetry leads to stability” should be taken into consideration when buying dinnerware and glassware.
Types Of Glassware
The world of glassware is not limited to the glasses which we normally use in our houses, various types of glassware enhance our dining experience.
Daily Used Glassware
These glasses are used every day during our meals. These glasses are the least priced glasses in comparison to other glassware because their breakage ratio is much higher than the other glasses, the ratio is increased to a frightening rate when there are kids around.
The glasses are also very likely to fade away because they are used every day and are out in the open kitchen most of the time. This is also one of the reasons that the everyday used glassware should not be colorful, it should be plain in color so that it does not clash with your designed dinnerware.
The stemware mainly contains the wine glasses that are mostly used on occasions but can be used daily also. The first stemware is Red wine glasses, these glasses come in various styles but the most important feature of this glass is the large bowl and moderately tapered rim, which allows the air to circulate inside the wine glass and helps us to breathe the aromas of the wine.
The second most popular stemware is white wine glasses, these glasses are a little bit inferior to the standard red wine glasses. The size of the white wine glasses is smaller than the red wine glasses as the delicacy of the white wine’s aroma and flavor can be highlighted.
There are other wine glasses also which are a bit smaller but mostly resemble the sizes of these standard wine glasses. These glasses are mainly used as dessert wines.
The water goblet can be said as a doppelganger of the standard wine glass but with a shorter stem and deeper bowl. The wine glasses have a slim and long stem while the water goblet has a thick and short stem.
The water goblet is the first stemware that is filled for the guests. This stemware is widely used for small and simple get-togethers.
The beer glasses are a club in themselves with a variety of beer types and beer glass styles, and so there is no surprise that the beer glasses can compete with the wine glasses in the context of available designs.
In beer glasses, the Pint glass, Beer stein, Pilsner glass, Weizen glass, Stange, and various other glass types are used worldwide.
The liqueur glasses are tiny glasses that are used to serve liqueurs and cordials, these glasses have long stems but very small bowls that range from 30ml to 130ml. The liqueurs should not be confused with liquors as the list of liqueurs is limitless, and are used to make our cocktails even more refreshing.
On the other hand, cordials can be both alcohol-based and non-alcohol based, they are meant to be offered as medicine because of their sweet syrup-like consistency. Whereas with meals, the cordials are offered to accompany the desserts.
Other Special Glasses
The world of glassware does not end here, there are various other glasses like the Collins and hurricane glass which are used to serve mixed drinks, the Martini and highball glass are used to serve cocktails without ice, and the Irish coffee glass is used to serve coffee and other hot beverages.
Now that we have learned about the types of glassware, here are some points that are necessary to be considered while buying the glassware:
- If the glasses are supposed to be used daily and if there are kids around the house then the everyday use glassware’s are highly recommended as they are less expensive and easy to handle.
- If you want to buy the daily used glassware and soda-lime glassware then the Borosilicate materials are highly recommended as they have a crystal-like gloss and are high-temperature resistant.
- If you are willing to buy wine glasses, then the glasses should be thin because the thickness of the glass affects the taste of the wine. Other than that, the stem of the glasses should also be clear so that the person that will consume the drink can enjoy the drink’s appealing and unique color with the taste.
- Wipe off the glasses as soon as they are partly dried with a soft cloth to avoid the water spots that can be caused if the glasses are left to dry on their own. This factor can also change the taste of the drink.