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Serving Utensils Buying Guide

Function meets fashion in well-designed serving utensils that neatly deliver your cuisine to your guests' plates. Give these tabletop tools the attention they deserve.

Types of Serving Utensils

Types of Serving Utensils

After you provide a place setting for each guest, be sure your dining table is set with specialized serving utensils for any foods you want to serve family-style. Serving utensils are designed to transfer food safely from a main dish to individual plates without spills or contamination. Each utensil is named for the task it performs, but most can assume other related roles.

Serving Spoons

It's easy to see the difference between a spoon intended for serving and one designed for eating. The former is larger overall, with a longer handle and a rounder, deeper bowl. Sizes range from 8-9 inches long for a casserole spoon to 6 inches for a sugar spoon. Between these sizes are salad spoons and medium serving spoons with pierced or slotted bowls that drain excess liquid from fruits and vegetables. Small wood serving spoons come in handy for guests to serve themselves items such as olives or condiments. Another type of serving spoon, a ladle has a long handle and deep bowl that makes it easy to safely serve hot soup or stew from a deep pot or tureen. A punch ladle features pour spouts on either side of the bowl. Smaller in scale are ladles for gravy or salad dressing.

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Rosle

Crafted for optimum performance, comfort and appearance, this professional-quality, stainless-steel pasta spoon is pronged to stir..., lift and serve various types of noodles for easy serving. Perfectly balanced, comfortable round handle is outfitted with a hanging ring. Rosle has been producing fine cooking tools with German engineering since 1888. -18/10 stainless steel -Heat resistant to 500 degrees -Pasta spoon serves various types of noodles -Dishwasher-safe -Made in China read more

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The Perfect Tea Measuring Spoon (1.1 ounce) - This stainless steel spoon measures the perfect tea serving every time. Takes out th...e guess work for measuring tea. The handle is engraved with your reminder "1 cup of perfect tea". read more

Norpro

12in black nylon. Dishwasher safe, heat-resistant to 450 deg. F., nonskid easy-grip handles. No. 909: Material: Nylon, Overall Len...gth: 12in, Type: Solid read more

Metropolitan Tea

Stainless steel Get the perfect tea serving every time No more guess work Engraved handle A great gift for tea lovers!

Serving Forks

A salad-serving fork is often sold paired with a similar-shape salad-serving spoon, except the fork has a forked bowl. A meat fork is designed for serving carved meats and poultry. Small forks have tines shaped to serve pickles and hors d'oeuvres.

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Reed & Barton

Featuring a classic beaded design on the handle, the Lyndon Collection of Serving Accessories from Reed & Barton offers style and ...grace to any table setting. Made of durable 18/10 stainless steel, this collection provides functional, easy care essentials for both casual and formal entertaining. Fork 11 3/8L. This is a Special Order item shipped directly from the manufacturer and may take up to 10 days for delivery. This product is available online only. read more

Kitchen Universe

The long flexible prongs of this serving fork pick up food up safely and securelyFlat and sharpened tips of the prongs minimize da...mage to food items when handledJust perfect for serving meal, sausages and cheeseRounded hook for easy storage ready to hand in the open kitchen Dimensions: total length: 11.8-in (30 cm), Handle length: 3.9-in (10 cm)5-year warranty read more

Knives

A carving knife efficiently slices steaks, turkey, or ham. To accommodate the different textures of soft and hard cheeses, cheese knife sets contain up to four styles: spreader, wedge blade, pronged knife, and cleaver. A cake knife's long serrated blade passes cleanly through tall tortes and layer cakes. Butter knives measure 6-7 inches and have a tapered blade that is wide at the end to balance butter pats.

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Wusthof

The Wusthof 10-in. Classic Slicing Knife is a great choice for family get-togethers and everyday meals where large cuts of meat ar...e served. Each 10-inch blade is easily capable of slicing meats cleanly and neatly in a single motion, and the thin construction helps prevent sticking during use. Each slicing knife has a straight edge that enhances control and accuracy, letting you easily choose the exact thickness of your desired cuts. High-impact handles can stand up to occasional impact with bones in chickens and turkeys while continuing to provide a safe and secure grip, and compressed rivets in the handles firmly hold the handle in place. The use of three rivets allows the full-tang construction of the knife to shine, delivering exceptional stability and further enhancing overall balance. Each knife is hand-forged and honed using advanced technology to ensure that it can easily handle even thick or tough cuts of meat. Best Used For: We enjoy the classic slicing knife for its ability to deliver clean and even slices of chicken, turkey, duck, ham and other meats. Features: Straight edge for exceptional precisionThin blade for a smooth sliceExcellent length for slicing large meatsHigh-impact handles provide safe gripHand forged for excellent qualityTriple-riveted design delivers high stabilityFull-tang design enhances overall balanceAdvanced technology ensures exceptional sharpnessComputer-assisted creation doubles initial cutting performanceLifetime warranty included read more

Messermeister
$109.95 $150.00
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Don't carve your famous Thanksgiving turkey with anything less than the best. Use the Messermeister Meridian Elite 8 inch Carving ...Knife and Carving fork to slice and serve up all of your holiday meats. Ideal read more

Messermeister
$109.95 $150.00
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Don't carve your famous Thanksgiving turkey with anything less than the best. Use the Messermeister Meridian Elite 8 inch Carving ...Knife and Carving fork to slice and serve up all of your holiday meats. Ideal read more

Lenox

Opal Innocence Cake Knife and Server by Lenox. With one hand on the cake knife and the other on the server, you'll be able to feel... the intricate sculpting that graces each handle. These serving pieces give you the best of both worlds - the beauty you'd expect of sterling silver, the convenience you appreciate of stainless steel. read more

Other Servers

Wedge-shape pastry servers sometimes have slotted holes for easy serving of pie or cake. A pierced surface also helps square servers drain grease from casseroles or sauteed foods. The variety of other servers include domed asparagus servers and tongs for sugar cubes, whole potatoes, or rolls.

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The Company Store

Beaded salad servers. Set of 2 (one fork and one spoon) Elegant hostess gift. Adds pizzazz and sophistication to your presentation.... Makes tossing and serving salads a breeze. Intricate beaded handles. Handcrafted from silver-plated beaded brass handle and stainless steel knife heads. 11 x 2 . Food safe. Wipe clean. Imported. Exclusively ours. read more

Rosle

Crafted for optimum performance, comfort and appearance, this professional-quality, stainless-steel pasta spoon is pronged to stir..., lift and serve various types of noodles for easy serving. Perfectly balanced, comfortable round handle is outfitted with a hanging ring. Rosle has been producing fine cooking tools with German engineering since 1888. -18/10 stainless steel -Heat resistant to 500 degrees -Pasta spoon serves various types of noodles -Dishwasher-safe -Made in China read more

Zak Designs
$33.60 $48.00
at Stage Stores

Kitchen & Serving Utensils. Add fun and whimsy to any gathering with this stylish tasting set. Treat your guests to color and char...m with the Zak Designs Fulla 11-pc. Tasting Spoons with Tray. An attractive way to serve hors d'oeuvres or dessert samplers, this vibrant set is a wonderful centerpiece for any patio party or potluck. The tasting spoons are made of durable melamine for long-lasting beauty and resilience. Featured in Flora Not microwave safe Dishwasher safe Melamine/SAN Imported read more

Crate & Barrel

Serve the perfect slice of cake, pie, frittata and more with this clever gadget designed to cut, lift and slide foods neatly onto ...the plate. Double serrated blade is convenient for left- or right-hand use; slide mechanism and ergonomic handle separate from the blade for thorough cleaning. -ABS handle -SUS 304 blade -PBT sliding blade -Top-rack dishwasher-safe -Made in China read more

Utensil Sets

If your entertaining falls on the simple side, consider preassembled collections of serving utensils called hostess sets, serving sets, or completer sets. The most popular utensils included are serving spoons (plain and slotted), pastry servers, butter knives, and sugar spoons. Packaged sets can be more affordable than buying pieces individually.

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The Company Store

Spreader knives, boxed; set of 4. Stainless steel cheese knives with jute rope-wrapped handles. Jute rope gives our collection its... rustic, nautical flair. Ideal for condiments, spreadable cheeses, pt and other thicker ingredients. 5 L. Coordinates with our Rope Cheese Server Set, Salad Server, Cocktail Shaker, Ice Bu read more

Gorham

Gorham at Kohl's - Shop our selection of serveware, including this Lady Anne 2-pc. dessert set, at Kohls.com. Model no. 750162.

Ten Strawberry Street
$26.99 $45.00
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Manufacturer Part Number: BOCA-14RECBOCA : Beautifully embossed with an understated fern pattern, the Boca collection will steal g...lances of admiration before the first bite.• Product Dimensions (in inches) : 14 (L) • Material Composition: DOLOMITE • Color: White • Country of Origin: CHINA • Care Instructions: Recommended Handwash Only read more

Ballard Designs

Slotted Spoon design was inspired by an azalea blossom. Includes Slotted Spoon, Large Spoon, Large Fork & Cake Server/LI>. Silver ...plated brass heads and handles on forks and spoons. Knife handle is silver plated brass with an 18/8 Stainless Steel head. Dishwasher Safe. Designed to coordinate with our classic Fairhope Flatware, the faceted handles and distinctive shapes are destined for heirloom status. Each piece is meticulously sand casted by hand and hand trimmed by artisans giving it a vintage aged feel. Crafted of dishwasher safe silver plated brass. Cake Server has 18/8 stainless steel head. Our monogrammed option, available below, is designed in the old world style, customarily placing the monogram facing away from your guest. Historically flatware and serving pieces were stored between uses in silver racks displaying the family monogram. Our Fairhope Serving Set is true conversation piece for any occasion. Fairhope Serving Set features: . Includes Slotted Spoon, Large Spoon, Large Fork & Cake Server/li>. . . *Monogramming available for an additional charge.*Allow 3 to 5 days for monogramming plus shipping time.*Please note that personalized items are non-returnable read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

The extent of your serving-utensil collection is up to you and dependent on how formally you entertain. Starter or hostess sets are often available to match individual place settings or 20-piece or larger silverware sets. In addition, and if your flatware or silverware is available as open stock, you can purchase individual items to suit what you like to serve.

Material

Metal -- stainless steel, sterling silver, or silver plate -- is the most popular material for serving utensils. For casual use, utensils are available in wood, bamboo, acrylic, and nylon, although these materials are most often designed for serving salads and cold pastas.

Style

Buying serving utensils in the same pattern as your place settings is a foolproof way to set a coordinated table. If exact pattern matches are not available, look for simple lines and a finish that is compatible with your flatware. Utensils should be consistent in detail; the design looks the same on a large spoon as well as a cocktail fork.

Storage and Care

If you have limited space, look for versatile utensils that can do double duty serving more than one type of food. Follow manufacturer instructions for washing; utensils with decorative handles of wood, crystal, or enamel may not be dishwasher-safe.

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Zak Designs
$33.60 $48.00
at Stage Stores

Kitchen & Serving Utensils. Add fun and whimsy to any gathering with this stylish tasting set. Treat your guests to color and char...m with the Zak Designs Fulla 11-pc. Tasting Spoons with Tray. An attractive way to serve hors d'oeuvres or dessert samplers, this vibrant set is a wonderful centerpiece for any patio party or potluck. The tasting spoons are made of durable melamine for long-lasting beauty and resilience. Featured in Flora Not microwave safe Dishwasher safe Melamine/SAN Imported read more

Designs Fulla 11-pc. Tasting Spoons with Tray
Cake Boss
$7.19 $8.99
at Sears

Divvy it up in style with this Cake Boss cake server, featuring a stainless steel head and serrated blade to help slice and serve ...sweets. Product Features: Versatile design is suitable for both right- and left-handed bakers. Beechwood handle resists heat, flavor and color absorption. Handle hole lets you hang for convenient storage. Product Care: Oven safe to 500 F Hand wash Product Details: 13.9-in. length Model no. 59477 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Cake Boss Wooden Tools & Gadgets Stainless Steel Cake Server
Cake Boss
$5.59 $6.99
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Fold batters, stir soups, and serve dishes with ease using this Cake Boss solid spoon. Product Features: Nylon spoon is safe for u...se on nonstick cookware. Hanging hole promises easy storage. Rubberized handle ensures optimal comfort and control. Product Construction & Care: Nylon/silicone Heat resistant to 350 F Dishwasher safe Product Details: 13-in. length Model no. 59386 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Cake Boss Tools & Gadgets Nylon Solid Spoon
Progressive

Prepworks Appetizer Tongs are made of brushed stainless steel that goes with any serving set. Set of two includes a round head for... meatballs or olives; the square head tongs are designed for foods such as cheese cubes, sliced meat and more. 3.75 X 1.75 X 8.5., For the Home,Kitchen,Kitchen Gadgets,Gadgets read more

Progressive Prepworks 2-pc. Appetizer Tongs-No Size,
Messermeister
$109.95 $150.00
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Don't carve your famous Thanksgiving turkey with anything less than the best. Use the Messermeister Meridian Elite 8 inch Carving ...Knife and Carving fork to slice and serve up all of your holiday meats. Ideal read more

Messermeister 8-inch Carving Knife with Bonus Carving Fork - Messermeister Meridian Elite
Wusthof
$139.95 $185.00
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Effective in holding large cuts of meat like roasts or joints in place, the Wusthof Classic Ikon Straight Meat Fork can be used fo...r either carving or serving, or as a cook?s fork, making it read more

Wusthof Classic Ikon 6-inch Straight Meat Fork with Double Bolster
Messermeister
$109.95 $150.00
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Don't carve your famous Thanksgiving turkey with anything less than the best. Use the Messermeister Meridian Elite 8 inch Carving ...Knife and Carving fork to slice and serve up all of your holiday meats. Ideal read more

Messermeister 8-inch Carving Knife with Bonus Carving Fork - Messermeister Meridian Elite
Lenox

Serve the wedding cake in style with the elegant Opal Innocence Stainless Cake Server. Its handle is crafted of fine china with an... opalescent luster. Pearl-like, hand-enameled dots provide the perfect finishing touch. read more

Opal Innocence Stainless Cake Server by Lenox
Wusthof
$99.95 $125.00
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The Wusthof Classic 6" Curved Meat Fork is attractive enough to make it a lovely serving piece at your next buffet, but the triple... riveted design of the sleek, ideally-proportioned black handle makes it strong read more

Wusthof Classic 6-inch Curved Meat Fork
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