If you’re over 40 you probably remember when everyone had relish trays. Or you may remember when people used sherbets – small dishes with short stems – for ice creams or fruit cups.
Today you can hardly find relish trays any more, and the home magazines show either really large trays with dip (fattening) or these little individual holders for each sort of relish. Yet relish trays have a long and illustrious history and you can start your own family tradition.
People used trays like this pink Oyster and Pearl depression glass relish because they were sensible ways to serve small things like carrots that roll around or olives that leak juice everywhere. They combine pure practicality with style and a touch of class.