Back near the end of December Jane over at Hard Work Homestead wrote a post on how the size of coffee cups or mugs has been changing over the years.
Just like so many other things, our cups and mugs have been being progressively super-sized. They've gotten bigger and bigger and bigger. Jane illustrated her point by showing two coffee cups made by the same manufacturer, in the same style, but put out a couple of decades apart.
We've gone from a standard 6 ounce cup to ones that now hold no less than 12 ounces. (Kinda makes sense that a purchased cup of coffee today costs one heckuva lot more than it used to. Even discounting the cost in the rise of products and inflation, you're getting twice as much coffee poured into your cup!)
A couple of years ago I got it into my head that I'd like to have a set of plain white dishes. My brother-in-law, who owned a ceramics company at the time, sent me a set of white Bauer dishes. (Yeah, he is a very nice guy.)
The dinner plates to this set are a huge 11" across. Biggest dinner plates I've ever seen. They look like turkey platters.
The other plates (either salad plates or dessert plates, I'm not sure of the correct name for them) are 8-1/2" across.
The official "dinner" plates have always seemed so overly large to me that I started using (and still do) the smaller plates for our meals.
I read somewhere that if you're trying to lose weight, you should serve your meal on a smaller sized plate, thereby effectively limiting the size of your portions. (Doesn't seem like it's helped us, does it? But we won't get back on the attempt-to-lose-weight kick again here. I promise.)
Now what I'm wondering, as I'm stopping to think about it, are all dinner plates in sets being manufactured these days super-sized . . . much like coffee cups and mugs are?
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