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Catering Crockery Guide

Need some help choosing your crockery? Read our catering crockery guide with everything you need to know on purchasing plates, bowls and more for your establishment.

Materials

Crockery is available in a number of different materials. The type you choose will depend on a number of things. Usage, cuisine and budget are all elements to think about when choosing the right crockery for your eatery.

Bone China

Bone China is a popular choice of crockery, offering style and durability. Bone china is a type of white porcelain made with 30% phosphate from animal bones. Bone china is different to fine china in that fine china is usually a brighter white while bone is a warmer white. Bone china offers a sophisticated look and is a great choice for establishments aiming for a high end, elegant look. Brands that carry this line of crockery include Elia and Porcelite Connoisseur.

bone china plate

Bone China Plate

Porcelain

Porcelain is another well-favoured material when it comes to catering crockery and is a ceramic made from heating clay in a kiln at extremely high temperatures. Porcelain crockery is slightly translucent with a smooth glaze finish. For catering purposes, porcelain is a great choice as it is generally inexpensive compared to some other materials but is still long lasting and hard-wearing. Brands that produce porcelain crockery include Porcelite, Simply Crockery and Orion.

porcelain crockery

Porcelain Bowls

Alumina

Alumina is a type of crockery made using the oxide of aluminium combined with clay. It is often cream in colour, making it a distinctive material and has a strong body, allowing for durability and longevity. Alumina is ideal for caterers looking for elegant yet long lasting crockery for their establishment. Steelite and Genware produce stunning crockery made using Alumina.

alumina mug

Alumina Mug

Earthenware

Earthenware is a thick and heavy style of pottery made with a simple glaze. Tagine pots and roasting dishes are often made using Earthenware due to its insulation properties which allow heat and moisture to circulate. It can be great for those who want to create healthier dishes as the circulation of moisture requires less use of fat and oil during the cooking process. Using Earthenware to cook also helps to retain more nutrients in the food you are cooking with.  

earthenware bowls

Earthenware Bowls

Terracotta

Terracotta is a type of earthenware made from clay and comes from the Italian term for ‘baked earth’. Terracotta crockery is a favoured choice amongst those serving Mediterranean or Spanish style dishes such as Tapas. The material also reacts with the acid in tomato, giving the meal a natural sweetness. Genware and Utopia create superb Terracotta crockery, available in either glazed or unglazed designs.

terracotta casserole dish

Terracotta Casserole Dish

Stoneware

Stoneware is a traditional style of ceramic which is usually available in either vitreous or semi-vitreous. It is resistant against chips, stains and scratches, making a great choice for catering establishments. Stoneware, when glazed, has a smooth finish, but can also be left unglazed for a more coarse feel. This material is highly durable and great for those who are searching for crockery with a rustic or traditional look that is also long-lasting. Brands such as Rustico and Genware produce superb collections of stoneware crockery.

Stoneware ramekin

Stoneware Ramekin

Melamine

Melamine is a popular choice when it comes to crockery and is a type of plastic resin made using organic compounds. The material is scratch resistant, light in weight and heat resistant. It is often chosen over china amongst those looking for a more affordable crockery option and is a highly robust material that can withstand high usage. A number of manufacturers produce melamine crockery, including Genware and Churchill.

Vocabulary

When choosing your preferred catering crockery, you may across a few of the below terms which we have provided a brief explanation of.

Vitrified

If crockery is fully vitrified, this means it is resistant to high temperatures and highly durable making it suitable for heavy usage in commercial settings.

Vitrified Porcelain Plate

Rolled Edge

Crockery with a rolled edge is often a lot stronger than the regular kind. The edge of the clay is rolled back during the manufacturing of the item, providing extra strength which is more resistant to chips and cracks.

rolled edge bowl

Rolled Edge Bowl

Thermal Shock

The thermal shock of an item of crockery refers to how much the piece can withstand changes in temperature. Crockery with low thermal shock resistance is not suitable for transferring straight from the freezer to the oven and vice versa for high thermal shock resistant crockery,

thermal shock resistant ramekin

Thermal Shock Resistant Ramekin

Glazed Foot

Glazed foot crockery prevents abrasion when items are stacked on top of each other. Crockery with a glazed foot won’t scratch the item stacked beneath it, allowing for less damage of your plates.

glazed foot teacup

Glazed Foot Teacup

The crockery you require will be highly dependent on your establishment type and your catering needs. Whether you are looking for high end or affordable crockery, Fishers Catering Supplies have everything you need to kit out your eatery. Contact us for more info on our catering crockery or if you need any advice our team will be able to help.