Granite counter top

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  1. janis

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    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?
     
  2. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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    Place mats would be my first thought.
     
  3. janis

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    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.
     
  4. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    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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    Eat faster!
     
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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.
     
  8. meezenplaz

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    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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