It was a long, hot, delightful weekend in which we managed to do little more than go to the farmer’s market and the pool and prepare, cook and subsequently eat lots of food. While I was carving a chicken on Sunday evening (bought at the farmer’s market, rubbed in rosemary, lemon zest, garlic, flat parsley, salt and olive oil, then roasted while we went to the pool…thus hitting all the highlights of the weekend in one bite) it struck me that perhaps the Victorians had a point with their mania for overly specialist serving and eating tools. I refer specifically to silver carving sets.
Silver Carving Sets
There I was, mildly irritated as I had trouble maneuvering my very long carving knife around my smallish chicken. My carving set which I love dearly is large…perfect for roast beef or a crown roast of pork…not so great at the angles and awkward corners of a chicken. Naturally, Victorian silver makers filled with horror at the thought of a hostess (or host, as he would do the carving) faced with my predicament came up with a solution to this difficulty. I simply needed to remember it!
Silver carving sets come in all sorts of sizes to complete specific tasks. There are large sets like mine for big roasts on down through steak carving sets and squab carving sets. The differences between a steak set and a squab set are fairly minor and either would do a great job on a smaller cut of meat like a chicken or rack of lamb. I will confess I have unlisted one of the sets I had for sale to keep for personal use…the right tool for the job and all that.
I have three silver carving sets listed and they would make a great gift for Dad on Father’s Day…what man wouldn’t prefer a knife to a tie? Click on the photos to view the details and make a purchase.