Ask Kirstin: Cloth Vs. Paper Napkins
- October 09, 2012 |
- by Kirstin Uhrenholdt
Send your questions about ingredients, recipes and cooking techniques to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, I help you choose between cloth and paper napkins.
We have an ongoing debate at home. My daughter wants cloth napkins. I hate to iron so I prefer paper napkins, and my husband just plonks a roll of paper towels on the table. What do you suggest? — Rosa L.
I would rather peel 12 pounds of potatoes than iron four napkins, but I agree with your daughter that cloth is better, for a number of reasons. First, it is a greener choice, you are not dabbing a smidgen of BBQ sauce on a big fancy paper napkin, just to throw it away. Second, it just looks and feels nicer, and third, it is a chance to use your heirlooms, which we love, because whether it is the napkins or napkin holders they will remind you of your ancestors, and give you a chance to talk about them and feel like they are joining you at the table.
As far as the ironing part, I have given that up, and I am giving you the permission to as well. Wrinkles are beautiful, on my face and on the table. And if you stuff the napkin in a glass or put it in a napkin holder, no one will notice, and if they do… tell them sweetly where the iron is.