How to heat plates

How to heat plates
In restaurants serving "à l'assiette", wich means that your dish is presented already served on a plate, it's very important for the plates to be hot, otherwise dishes arrive cold and it's the customer that (rightly) becomes heated.

At home it's worth doing the same thing: you are sure to serve hot dishes to your guests, and as a hot plate can wait longer than a cold one, it can sometimes help to avoid panic in the kitchen at serving time.

Here are some simple ways to heat your plates.
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Stage 1 - 15 min.
How to heat plates
In oven:

Put plates in the oven at 140° to 194°F (60°C to 90°C) for about 15 minutes.

Caution: Beyond 176°F (80°C) you can burn yourself by touching plates which are too hot.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
How to heat plates
In microwave oven:

Put plates in microwave oven for 2 minutes at max. power, with a cup or glass of water on top (you should never switch on your microwave without something with water in, or it can be damaged).

Stage 3 - 5 min.
How to heat plates
In hot water:

Put your plates in sink and add water as hot as possible.

Leave 5 minutes, then dry and use them.
Home made.
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  • It seems to be good, but probably a bit slower.
    Posted by jh may 15th 2012 at 08:16 n° 4
  • I came across the Waterbridge Plate Warmer which simply sits on any tabletop surface and heats mees no fuss and the plates can't get damaged. HAve you seen this?
    Posted by winterguy may 15th 2012 at 00:09 n° 3
  • No don't be worry, it's a very short time of heating so the plates are safe.
    Posted by jh december 12th 2010 at 12:49 n° 2
  • How to heat plates without them getting damaged? The hot water method above could crack plates, for example
    Posted by carer december 12th 2010 at 09:28 n° 1
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