Mealtime Customs. Family Meals. Eating together is important to a family’s social health. How many of you eat meals together as a family ?. To help make the most of family meals, it is important to keep a positive mealtime atmosphere and pay attention to the table’s appearance.
Eating together is important to a family’s social health
How many of you eat meals together as a family?
To help make the most of family meals, it is important to keep a positive mealtime atmosphere and pay attention to the table’s appearance.
Sierra’s family keeps the TV on during dinner. Dinner at Mark’s house often erupts into complaints and accusations involving Mark, his sister, and their parents.
What is wrong with these scenarios? How can they be improved?
An upbeat atmosphere can be as essential to your family’s health as nutritious food
What are some interesting topics that you have or can discuss with your family?
People who read or watch television as they eat pay little attention to what and how much they eat
Setting the Table
How the table looks at mealtime can be as significant as how the people around it behave
Table settings include the following:
Tableware- includes any items used for serving and eating food
Place setting- the pieces of tableware used by one person to eat a meal
Serving pieces- platters, large bowls, and other tableware used for serving food
Cover- the arrangement of a place setting for one person
The cover is usually on the table before people sit down to eat.
Arrange flatware in the order in which it is used, starting at the outside and working in toward the center
The plate goes in the center of the cover, about 1 inch from the edge of the table
Forks go on the left of the plate, knives to the right
Place spoons to the right of the knives
If you have a soup spoon and a teaspoon, youwould use the soup spoon first so place the soup spoon to the right of the teaspoon
Place a beverage glass just above the tip of the dinner knife
The cup and saucer or mug go to the right of the spoon
The napkin is usually placed to the left of the fork
Settings for Family Meals
Most families choose simple table settings for everyday meals
For most meals, you need at least a dinner plate, fork, knife, teaspoon, and beverage glass
Serving Family Meals
There are two common styles of serving food, they are family service and plate service
The cover is set with the necessary tableware
The food is placed in serving dishes and passed around the table with people helping themselves
The main advantage of family service is that people can serve themselves the amount they want
Hot dishes left on the table may cool to room temperature allowing bacteria to form
Difficult to practice portion control which leads to overeating
Excess food left on a plate must be thrown away which wastes both food and money
Plate service is generally used for family meals and in restaurants
Food is placed on the plates directly from the containers in which it was cooked and the plates are then brought to the table
The only exception is salad
Plate service saves cleanup time more than family service does
Place breads and rolls on a plate or in a basket and pass it around the table
If a basket it used, line it with a napkin
Serve salads either in individual bowls at each place setting or in a serving bowl that is to be passed around the table
Salad dressing should be served separately so that people can use the amount that they want
Serve dessert after the dinner plates, salad bowls, and serving dishes have been cleared from the table