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Taking the right fork to your meals


Whether dining in a five-star restaurant or setting the table for an upscale dinner party, knowing how to properly use silverware is essential to making a good impression. But with so many different types of forks in various sizes, it can get confusing trying to get it right. If you’re hosting such a dinner party, the onus is on you to get it right for your guests.


Types of forks

A typical set of flatware usually contains five forks — a dinner fork, fish fork, luncheon fork, salad fork or dessert fork and seafood fork. Then there’s a variety of specialized forks, like lobster forks, oyster forks, ice cream forks, fruit forks, and so on.

The Electrolux RealLife ‘s Rinse Aid feature reduces streaks and water spots from the wash cycle, ensuring your utensils are always sparkling.

Learn to identify a few different types of forks by the shape of their tines. The most common kind has long, tapered tines and is made to spear pieces of food, such as meat — this is what we usually refer to as a dinner fork. Forks that have a wide left tine and sometimes a notch on the side are designed to provide leverage when consuming foods that do not require a knife, such as salad, fish or desserts.


Specialised forks often have curved tines that follow the shape of the items they are designed to consume.


No matter the size or shape, all forks should be properly washed and polished before being set out on the table. Using the Electrolux RealLife dishwasher’s Rinse Aid feature reduces streaks and water spots from the wash cycle, and ensures your utensils look their best at mealtime.


Arrange them in order

Generally, utensils are arranged in the order they are intended to be used, starting the farthest from the plate. Forks go on the left, knives and spoons intended for soups or the main course on the right, and dessert spoons and forks near the top of the plate. Knife blades should always be facing the plate.

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A general guideline for using cutlery is that they are arranged to be used in order, starting from the ones furthest from the plate.

Use them properly

Proper table manners go a long way. Always put down your utensils when having a drink during your meal. Rest them on the side of your plate. Never point or gesture with utensils in hand.


Always follow the host — even if he or she happens to be wrong. It’s simply proper etiquette.

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