Lots on the list
Thaw the turkey
Set the table
Polish the Silver
Wait - don't polish the silver - use magic!!!
I love silver - sterling or silverplate - I love them both. I have some lovely pieces - but I don't like to polish silver. The old fashioned silver polish is toxic and I don't like the smell or the harshness - or rinsing it down the sink.
But I love silver - so what's a girl to do?
Magic, I tell you - plain and simple magic
Line a glass baking dish with aluminum foil - (in the sink is best) making sure it goes up the sides and ends of the pan.
Lay the silver pieces in it that need polishing and pour boiling water over it all - to cover the pieces.
Now the magic - add 1/4 cup baking soda - just plain old baking soda from your cupboard.
Stand back and watch the magic!!!!!
Tiny bubbles appear - and the shine begins to return to the silver.
As the pieces become shiny once again I pluck them out of the hot water with a pair of tweezers or a pair of tongs (they are hot from being in the boiling water). Rinse with cold water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
If there are a few stubborn spots make a paste of a small amount of baking soda and water - rub the spots and they will disappear.
Magic - I tell you - total magic.
And look what you get!!!
You start with tarnished silver
Your reward for a few minutes of easy work is a nice pile of very shiny silver
Top - Before Bottom - After
Ready for the table.
I didn't think to take a before picture of this little sugar/jam spoon - it was almost totally black when I started - now it is happy and shiny
A favorite serving spoon - tarnished
And now shiny bright - a little extra rubbing was required on the flowery part of the handle - but only a little.
Oh - the poor "before" meat fork
Two big serving spoons - dark and dingy
Before and After
Another favorite serving spoon - rescued with magic
Handle of the Pie Server
It was sad before
But was a good pie server
Shiny and pretty now - ready for Thanksgiving pies - what kind shall we make?
Lovely, lovely - and all done with magic. This took me about an hour total to clean all the silverware - and everything is eco friendly. Let's go set the table.