Aside from plates and cups, bowls are the next essential item to have at the table. Dining bowls are made in all shapes and sizes, which make them useful for both serving and eating. Dining bowls are used for everything from cereal to soup. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner bowls are generally made with thick ceramic or earthenware sides in order to hold heat. When shopping for dining bowls make sure to observe the depth of each bowl. Shallow dining bowls are perfect for holding fresh fruit, whereas deep bowls are best for soup, chili, and stew. Although bowls are insulated for heat, soup bowls with handles are the most effective for serving hot items. You can easily pair colorful bowls with solid or patterned dinnerware to create a splash of color at each place setting.
The most important element to consider when shopping for a new dining bowl is the material. A bowl’s material impacts of visual aesthetic, as well as its functionality. For example, wooden bowls are great for mixing or serving salad; however, they are often not safe to heat in the microware or place in the oven. Ceramic bowls can be reheated in the microwave, which is great for leftover soups and stews. Earthenware or ceramic bowls are easy to clean and they do not absorb bacteria, like wood. You can easily clean ceramic serving bowls, soup bowls, fruit bowls, and more by simply placing them in your dishwasher.
Not all soup bowls are made the same; in fact, some soup bowls are best used for a dense stew or a spicy chili, while others are perfect for light and brothy recipes. Soup bowls are easily distinguishable because they have deep sides, roughly from 2-3” deep. French onion soup bowls also have the signature appearance of a long handle. The long handles of French onion soup crocks make them easy to take out of the oven and place directly on the table for your guests. If you want to avoid spilling soup on yourself, or your nice tablecloth, then you can also find soup bowls with a ¼-½” rim.
Breakfast bowls are very similar to soup bowls because they are often filled with cereal. Traditional breakfast bowls are round with deep sides and rimmed with a colorful band. These breakfast bowls, or cereal bowls, are perfect for holding cold and hot cereal, as well as fresh salads or fried eggs over rice. Contemporary breakfast bowls have a simple design and often incorporate geometric patterns. Square bowls are the perfect addition to a contemporary breakfast nook.