On another website I just read a recommendation that, at this season when many take out their good silver to use on Thanksgiving, regular silver polish (described in the post as "stinky") be avoided in favor of boiling the silver in a pan with various metal components. Please know that doing this, or dipping your silver in some quickie dip, is a good way to ruin its finish---which can only then be restored by an expensive buffing procedure. Unless your sterling silver melts in a fire, it will out last you and pass on to future generations. Nobody gets to own silver---we just get to be its curator for a while. So honor its presence in your life by taking good care of it. To polish it, first turn on some good music or a TV movie or sit down with a companion because now you have an hour to talk. Spread out newspapers. Open a jar of some good cream-type silver polish like Wright's or Goddard's. Apply the polish with a soft cloth then drop the pieces into a dishpan of hot water with some detergent in it. Rinse your silver. Dry it well. NEVER put it in the dishwasher, and NEVER use a dip. In this way you will preserve its beautiful finish.