Serving tureens are part of the wooden dining sets used in North America. They make use of a basic plan, usually a wood frame, and commonly attached to the ends of the table legs. Each serves two meals in their own way and serve a different type of food.
There are many types of serve alone dishes available. The first is the top round serving tureen.
This is where you place a bowl of food, such as chicken, beef or fish, and it is either on the side or on the top of the serving tureen. Once the food is served, you take the serving tureen off the table, usually under the table, and place the food on a plate. You then place the tureen back on the table and replace the bowl of food with another dish, such as fruits or vegetables.
For meals where you serve more than one dish, the other serving tureen could be a side serving tureen, or the serve with a lid. These serve as a serving counter for the main serving dish that you do not place under the table, but which is placed at a slightly higher height and is served with the lid of the serving tureen.
A serving tureen is placed beneath the table so that when you serve a dish, it will be underneath the table, rather than at the table surface. This is used in parties, where the host may not want to put a glass of wine in the center of the table, so a serving tureen could be substituted for this purpose. These serving tureen are used in the winter to serve drinks and hot tea.
The flat serving tureen is used in other occasions as well. These serve a larger amount of food than the top serving tureen, and the sides of the serving tureen are narrow so they slide easily under the table and have a lid on them. They are often used in French country dining.
The serving tureen is large enough to carry a roast or small amount of vegetables and the food that you serve from the serving tureen can be the meal that is served at the table. The downside to these tureens is that the food is placed at a higher height and they slide around the edge of the table more easily. This makes them uncomfortable for smaller people, but the great benefit is that if you are a student in a class that is located in a dorm, or you live with others who eat dinner at the same time as you, you can enjoy the comfort of the serving tureen.
If you have a main meal, the serving tureen allows you to serve foods such as grilled fish or meat and cheese to each person in the party. A serving tureen also makes a good option for serving rice or pasta, if you would like a light meal with a large portion. Both the cup-and-plate sized serving tureen and the larger serving tureen are interchangeable.
Serving tureens are available in a wide variety of materials. Most are made of wood or metal, although plastic is available for those who prefer a more neutral look. The materials are weather resistant, so you don't have to worry about them being damaged by exposure to the elements.
These are typically disposable utensils, however, they do come with instructions on how to clean them and to rinse them before serving. Many companies are now producing tureens that have handles to hold the serving tureen, so that you do not have to reach through the table, which is difficult with some of the other models.
Serving tureens are extremely popular and as long as you make sure to wash them thoroughly after you have cleaned the table, there is no reason why you cannot use these beautiful pieces of furniture again and again. They make a beautiful addition to any table and make your dining experience more enjoyable.