Posted by: Jack Henry | May 15, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Scullery

The other evening as I was watching an episode of Peaky Blinders, I heard one of the characters get excited over her new house with a kitchen and a scullery. I thought a scullery was a kitchen, so of course I had to send myself a reminder to look it up and find out the real truth. Here’s what I learned from Wikipedia, and I have to say that Ada should be excited getting both a scullery and a kitchen!

A scullery is a room in a house traditionally used for washing up dishes and laundering clothes, or as an overflow kitchen when the main kitchen is overloaded. Tasks performed in the scullery include cleaning dishes and cooking utensils (or storing them), occasional kitchen work, ironing, boiling water for cooking or bathing, and soaking and washing clothes. Sculleries contain hot and cold sinks, sometimes slop sinks, drain pipes, storage shelves, plate racks, a work table, various "coppers" for boiling water, tubs, and buckets.

The term "scullery" has fallen into disuse in North America, the room being more commonly referred to as a utility room or laundry room.

The term continues in use in its original sense in Britain and Ireland, or as an alternative term for kitchen in some regions of Britain typically Northern Ireland, North East England, and Scotland, or in designer kitchens.

In United States military facilities and most commercial restaurants, a "scullery" refers to the section of a dining facility where pots and pans are scrubbed and rinsed (in an assembly line style). It is usually near the kitchen and the serving line.

Kara Church

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