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How to Warm Dinner Plates

How to warm dinner plates? 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 warm 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 best ways to heat your dinner plates at home for serving:

Heat your plates in oven

Certainly the most common way to warm dinner plates. 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. Some ovens have a warmer drawer, specifically designed to keep dishes hot before serving. You can put it in your advantage for heating a stack of plates before proceeding to the food presentation.

Warm plates in the microwave

Can you warm plates in the microwave? Of course you can! 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. Be careful as plates can be very hot out of the microwave, you might want to use oven mitts to avoid burns.

Warm dinner plates in hot water

Put your plates in the sink and fill with water as hot as possible. Leave covered with water for 5 minutes, then pat dry the plates before using them.

Photo – Westelm

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