Tray . Container with a very low rim and a flat bottom that can be used to carry, serve or present things, generally food.


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  • 1 History
  • 2 Construction
    • 1 Design
  • 3 Use
  • 4 Types of trays
    • 1 Bed tray
    • 2 Butler tray
    • 3 Clinical trays
    • 4 Eating trays
    • 5 Horticulture trays
  • 5 Gallery
  • 6 Sources


The history of the tray goes back to the ancient Chinese civilizations, also the ancient Celtic, Gaelic, Germanic, Gallic, Phoenician, Viking, etc. European cultures, they used trays, these were built in different materials, clay , copper , although presumably the first trays They were made of stone or shells of animals such as mollusks and turtles. In Mesoamerica they were used but they were mainly jade and obsidian .


It can be made of various materials, including silver , gold , bronze , copper , brass , iron , wood , glass , plexiglass , plastic , silicone , porcelain .


The surface of the trays is smooth, but with the edges raised around their perimeter to prevent objects from slipping and falling from them. They are designed in a wide variety of shapes, the most common being oval or rectangular. Sometimes, they incorporate protruding or cut handles on the edge to handle them more comfortably


The tray is a characteristic utensil of the hospitality sector, both in bars and cafes and restaurants. In this case, it is mainly used for the banquet service, otherwise it is common to serve the dishes individually.

Tray Types

Bed tray

It often has a higher side edge, narrow side handles for easy portability (usually trimmed at the edge), and a stand with folding legs. It is used to have breakfast or dinner sitting on the bed (or on another similar piece of furniture such as a chair or sofa), therefore, without the table.

Butler tray

It has a higher edge, handles on the sides, and a transportable stand with foldable folding legs. It is used for beverage service and generally serves as a suitable side table.

Clinical trays

They are used to transport surgical instruments. They can be rectangular or kidney shaped and are made of stainless steel to withstand the heat of sterilization without corrosion.

Eating trays

This type of tray is used to replace dishes, generally in schools, children’s circles and grandparents’ houses. Inside they are divided into compartments for different foods, almost all have cavities for placing a glass and cutlery.

Horticulture trays

They are used to grow plants and flowers from their seeds. They are also used to pick up plant implants. Trays of this type are made of polystyrene or polyethylene


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