It is quite common to serve food on hot plates in restaurants. This means that your dish is presented already served on a plate, so it’s important the plates must be hot, otherwise food risks being cold when it arrives at your table.
At home, it’s worth doing the same thing: this way, you are sure to serve hot dishes to your guests, and a hot plate will keep food warm for longer. This helps to avoid panic in the kitchen at serving time. So here are 3 simple ways to heat your plates at home for serving:
Heat your plates in oven
Stack plates in the oven from 140°F to 190°F (60°C to 90°C) for about 15 minutes. Be careful: avoid heating plates up to 175°F (80°C) as you can burn yourself by touching plates which are too hot.
Use the microwave oven
Stack plates in the microwave for 2 minutes at maximum power, with a cup or glass of water on top. You should never switch on your microwave without some water, or it might be damaged.
Warm your plates under hot water
Put your plates in the sink and add water as hot as possible. Leave covered with water for 5 minutes, then dry the plates and use them.
Eric J. Brandy