Aprons have been worn since ancient times. They were and are worn as protective garments and even to indicate status. The word "apron" has its origins from the French word, 'naperon' which means "a small tablecloth." Perhaps that's why there are so many frilly-froo-froo aprons on the markets these days. After all, the French are the ones who created an uber-coiffed pooch! That explains it I think...
For me, I like my aprons somewhere in-between. When I cook in public, I wear my brightly colored trademark orange "Mary's Kitchen" apron. (My mother gave it to me as a gift and I love the happy color.) I wear certain aprons in the house, depending on what I am doing. For example, about my home kitchen, I wear my favorite apron I affectionally refer to as "cooking cloths." These are garments I use as aprons. Go on... You can chuckle, but, we ALL do this! We all wipe our hands on our shirts, pants, towels, our significant other, whatever is closest and easiest when we're cooking. In fact, when my kids were little, rather than have them touch anything in a public toilet, they used me as a human paper towel if the public restroom was out of towels! I am talking about after washing their little, baby hands! What were YOU thinking I meant! Yuck!
I have a collection of aprons. I have those aprons that are in pristine condition made by my grandmother and great aunts. You know the type? The ones with frilly-froo-froo lace, brick-a-brack and other impractical decorations made of gossamer-thin material that are not good for much except looking pretty and well, frilly-froo-froo. The ones you would not dare wear for fear of getting them stained! Yep. Those.
I have full length and half length aprons. Chef coats and smocks. There are a few things to look for in an apron I find helpful.
1. Look for a breathable and strong material so the apron is both comfortable and protective.
2. Avoid it being too loose or having things that poke out. Why? Either can cause the apron to get caught on something or even catch fire and you may get injured.
3. Pockets are helpful.
4. It should be adjustable.
Please share your apron stories and photos in the comments section.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor