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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What do you guys think?

We've had gravy a couple of times in the last few weeks and when we do, I always use the gravy boat.

The gravy boat I have is the one that goes with the set of china we are using as our everyday set.  It was the set Dan used growing up and it's called Franciscan Dessert Rose.  It's a very beautiful, old-fashioned pattern and it's a nice way to remember Dan's parents and family on a daily basis. 

Here is the gravy boat:

 Every time I bring this bad boy out, Dan asks, "Where's the ladle?"

And then the trouble starts.

I am adamant that you do not need a ladle with this gravy boat because it has a spout on each side.  All you have to do is pour the gravy out.

And guess what?  It works perfectly!  It's all one piece so all you have to do is hold the base and pour and after you are done, if there are any drips, it's caught by the base.  But typically, there are no drips because it is really quite the perfect design.

Dan maintains that it needs a ladle because there isn't a handle to hold while pouring.

I will go to my grave thinking I'm right and he will insist with his dying breath that he's correct. 

Meanwhile, I guess I just need to bite the bullet and get a dang ladle so we can stop having this discussion every time I make gravy.

And also, why did I think ladle was spelled laddle?  Spell check kept telling me I was wrong, I kept insisting I was right.  Then I checked with Merriam-Webster and guess what?  It is l-a-d-l-e.

So I guess that means I'm wrong.

But only about the spelling.  I still think you don't need one with this gravy boat. 

What do you fine people of the internet think?  Ladle or no ladle with this gravy boat?  And if you don't agree with me, it won't hurt my feelings.  After all, I didn't even know how to spell ladle.


Pam said...

I have a gravy boat, but it has a handle and the actual boat and saucer are two different pieces. So after using one with a handle, I might look at this and wonder how to get the gravy out. LOL Seems your way while being streamlined, might feel awkward to guests who don't want to make a faux pas (and I had look that up, lest you feel bad about wondering how to spell ladle..haha!) at the table.

Madeline said...

I am of no help. We have gravy approximately twice a year... thanksgiving and Christmas. And we just have this bowl with a ladle that wouldn't pour at all so I had no idea what the gravy boat etiquette is. After reading a little bit about it, it is clear a ladle or not is a personal preference. Maybe get a small ladle just for Dan? You can set it at his place!

Jeff said...

I THINK a boat with an attached plate is intended to be used with a ladle and one with a detached plate is meant to be poured. One for pouring is likely to have a handle so as not to burn the hands if it's hot.

me said...

I think there would have been a ladle with that set. The ladle could rest in the side spout things between uses. I'd think the whole thing would be awkward to lift up at once. (In my house, there would be major spills .) Where;s Emily Post when we need her?

Billie Jo said...

I am really going to get personal here and admit that we keep our gravy on the stove!
So just the fact that you HAVE a gravy boat and use it is a win, in my opinion!
However, I am Team Beth.
One less thing to wash. : )

Mari said...

I hate to say this, but I'm with Dan. I think you need a ladle, especially with an attached base... :)

Ernie said...

I am with Billie Jo . . . gravy is not served in our home -save a major holiday. My bunch eats like wild beasts, so we do not utilize additional pieces on the table. They slurp, use fingers, spill, and elbow one another. If they really enjoy what they are eating, they lick their plates. Imagine the things they would attempt if I tossed a gravy boat in the mix? I am also of the mind that it is just one more thing to wash.

Oh, and I must say that I do love that china pattern. If Dan is so insistent that there is a ladle, then why didn't the set come with one? I really thought this post was going to be all about 'Where did you put my mother's ladle?' I wasn't expecting a ladle disagreement. I am relieved that you didn't lose a ladle from his mother's set. That kind of post would've made me cringe.

Busy Bee Suz said...

At first I thought you were 100% correct, but after further inspection (looking at the photo again) I think you're both correct. I think it could go either way in your case. I have a gravy bowl that has a lip and a handle, saucer unattached; we use a ladle, but I'm wondering if we can't just pour from there? I'll let you know how Thanksgiving goes as I'll try it!
I think you should keep using it as is though; because the constant question and family debate are cute.
My father and Uncle had a conversation EVERY Thanksgiving as a kid. (My dad died in '93 and I still remember it!)
One like the gravy thick and one liked it this was a cute little squabble they had and every time I make have gravy, they come to mind. You're making memories for the kids. :)