Porcelain: where you should and shouldn’t use it

When it comes to choosing a type of dinnerware, more often than not, people get confused with which one to buy. There are many varieties available and due to lack of information about different types, they often chose not to buy even. While buying a set, you’ll look at whether it is microwave safe or not. Or you will look for whether it can be put in dishwasher or not. Different types of dinnerware come with its own advantages and disadvantages. The stoneware has advantages which bone china may not have and bone china have those advantages which stoneware may not have. So it boils down to, use the right tools for the right purpose.

Excluding the bone china and stoneware, there is another type of material from which, dinnerware, and tea pot are made. And that is porcelain. Porcelain is somewhat similar to bone china and manufacturing is somewhat similar too. But there’s a key ingredient that separates the two. Bone china includes the bone ash while the porcelain doesn’t. Rest of the elements, feldspar, quartz and kaolin is same for both bone china and porcelain. It is less expensive than bone china. And it comes in two types, hard paste which is non porous and soft paste which is somewhat porous.
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain dishes

Advantages:

When it comes to cost, porcelain is a better option than bone china. Because bone china is a bit expensive, the price factor comes in strongly. Porcelain is somewhat priced around mid ranged. It is costlier than stoneware but also cheaper than the bone china.

Durability wise, porcelain is fired twice under very high temperature. Hence though it is often thought that, porcelain is brittle, it isn’t as brittle as you may think of and it can indeed withstand the shocks that may come in while using it in day to day life. The strong build is what makes porcelain desirable for day to day use. The cheaper price makes it more attractive choice for the buyers so that they can use it daily.

Porcelain is an ideal option for daily use. It’s strong nature, and cheaper price is what people looks for. Bone china indeed has more appeal but it is the most expensive so most people avoid using it for day to day life. On the other hand, porcelain makes the perfect companion for day to day life.

Disadvantages of using porcelain

Since porcelain and bone china has almost the same ingredients, similar disadvantages appear in both the cases. Thare are other, more modern looking plates.
Porcelain too is somewhat where you wouldn’t want to put something to keep it warm for a longer period of time. The heat insulation property of porcelain is somewhat weak and hence, if you put foods there, chance is, you’ll need some extra bit of covering to keep it warm as the porcelain will radiate the heat thus making the cool process more rapid.
Also from price point of view, it is cheaper than bone china but costly than stoneware.