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Old 09-02-2004, 08:16 AM   #1
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Keeping dinner plates hot?

Hello,

There are 2 people in my life who moan constantly about food going cold on their dinner plates before they have chance to eat it - my husband and my mother. Both disappear half way through to put the plate in the microwave.

Now, I have heard about some kind of metal / cast iron hot plate that is heated in the oven and then your dinner plate sits inside / on top of it at the table, thus keeping food hot throughout the meal. I have searched online but can only find the type with candles underneath. My parents came across these plates in Portugal but couldn't find where to buy them either. I would really like to get some of these so my family can have an uninterupted meal!

Has anyone got any ideas? Your help would be most appreciated.

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Old 09-02-2004, 08:52 AM   #2
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If your oven isn't being used, put the plates in, count to 30, turn it off, and as long as you don't open the oven, the plates will stay warm for quite some time.
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Old 09-02-2004, 08:57 AM   #3
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Thank you Scott. We already do this, but it's just not hot enough.

I would really like to find these portugese (or similar) hot plates.
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Old 09-02-2004, 09:39 AM   #4
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What about a hot water bottle?
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Old 09-02-2004, 10:09 AM   #5
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hmmmm....interesting idea. Maybe a little unstable for my more sloppy offerings!
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Old 09-02-2004, 10:20 AM   #6
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Or maybe some of those heat packs for muscle aches.
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Old 09-05-2004, 12:23 AM   #7
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First you need to be sure the food you put on plates is still hot enough ,I heat serving dishes in oven and plates in the sink with super hot water then dry them.Other than that I dont know what to say.
Food is just going to cool off as soon as its off the heat.
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Old 09-05-2004, 12:38 AM   #8
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I have one approach that might help. Serve them hot stew in a bowl. Liquids retain heat as do earthenware bowls. Food crowded together will stay warm a lot longer than food spaced apart with lots of surface area.

You could take unglazed quarry tiles preheated in a hot oven and then place those on hotpads on the table. And then put the plates on top of those. Those will stay hot for the length of the meal.
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Old 09-05-2004, 09:06 AM   #9
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For some reason, this was a problem when we lived out west (Nevada, Utah). My mom bought an electric food warmer (for lack of a better word). It was a couple of feet long, maybe one foot wide, and she'd plug it in and put it on the table, then put all the bowls and plates of food on it. I think it is still available, meant to be used when you have a buffet. It's just a platform that is warm. THe hot food is placed on it, and you serve yourself from it (we always ate what I call family style; mom didn't serve up in the kitchen and bring the food out). If their food gets cold after being served on this, then they should simply learn to take smaller servings and go back for more, because the food on the table will always be hot. To this day my dad hates the ceiling fan over the table because it cools his food.
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Old 09-06-2004, 04:24 PM   #10
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The name of what you are looking for is a "charger plate" - a plate that sits under the dinner plate. These can be either purely decorative or functional - made of ceramic or metals such as silver, brass, copper, pewter, sainless steel, aluminum, etc.

Another thing to consider is the material of your dinner plates - metal such as pewter, aluminum, or best of all cast iron or even heavy ceramic will not cool off as quickly as china or plastic. These metal plates (which have a wood charger plate) are usually called "Sizzle Plates".

Go to google and search on charger plates and sizzle plates and I bet you can find what you are looking for - or something that will solve your problem.
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