Granite counter top

Joined Nov 21, 2016
I recently replaced my countertop with granite.  I love how easy it is to clean and the look of it but I find it cools down food really quickly on a plate.  We have a bar counter we eat on and our food becomes cold before we are half done.  Does anyone know of a way to keep the cold stone from cooling our plates?
Joined Nov 21, 2016
My first thought too but it has very little effect.  I need something insulated or that would reflect the cold back down into the stone.


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Joined Mar 29, 2002
Bubble wrap under the place mat. They make reflective insulating varieties as well. Look in home depot for it. Incorporate it into the base of some chargers perhaps for a more stylish approach.

Alternatively, you could preheat the spots with bowls of hot water or such.
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@phatch  is on to something. What I would do is pre-heat your plates prior to plating and use the place mats. This is an interesting discussion I would of never thought about this problem with granite counter tops. I have never heard anyone comment on it. Maybe the next big trend will heated counter tops.
Joined Jan 31, 2012
In the theatre banquet room kitchen half of which I built, they had granite tops all thru the dining room. And they wanted matching granite for the 48" passthru. I advised against it, they insisted. No heat lamp.
When doing a dinner, I'd preheat plates, plate and place on the pass. The plate was cold in 2 minutes. A towel underneath didnt help much.

Someone above suggested preheating the granite...
seriously have you ever tried to do that?

Granite is gorgeous and very tough, but beyond that it leaves a lot desired, and its over priced. I dont want it in my personal kitchen, I currently have premium porcelain 18 inch tile. And it doesnt cool plates like that. My other favorite being hardwood butcher block.

As to the cooling problem. I agree, start using insulated chargers under the plates. The only problem being, the plates cant be too hot, or they'll flark up the chargers.
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