In my melamine heyday, these marvellous unbreakable culinary apparatuses (yes, I marvelled) were rather expensive novelty items. I rarely purchased or was gifted more than two at a time. As a result, I once owned 11 plates of various sizes, each with a different number of food compartments, with different motifs and some accompanied by their own, unsightly, cutlery.
Parents will sympathise with my nightmares about the Kids Plate drawer closing . . . or not. After all, novelty plates know no standardised sizing.
Two things made my position in Plate Purgatory teeter towards the underworld: (1) children (mainly mine) bickering over particular plates; and (2) melamine burns in microwaves.
Our family deserved better, more beautiful, children’s plates. And, marvel of all marvels, elegant, durable, microwave-safe dishes are actually available. I tossed every single melamine item in our kitchen, and I bought these tempered glass beauties from Mighty Nest, yet another well-curated Midwestern e-commerce site.
Doesn’t look like kids decor does it?
There is no new magic here. The French company Duralex first made tempered glass in 1945. But 60 years later, the company came under new management, and since then Duralex has become more widely available (at least in the States).
Here’s Why Duralex Plates Are SmartStuff:
- Microwave & Dishwasher Safe.
- Tempered glass is unlikely to break when dropped.
- Identical items eliminate bickering over a favoured plate.
Note on Durability: For over a year, none of the set broke. Recently, two items have broken on our new London tile kitchen floor. I contacted Mighty Nest and learned that while Duralex is not entirely unbreakable (as melamine appears to be), if broken on tile floors or from extremely rough use, it shatters to small pieces and is less likely to hurt your wee ones.
France, Duralex, Mighty Nest, thanks for the Smart Stuff of the week.