Kitchen tip: toaster plate warmer

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My silly, easy way to warm up single plates supper quick?

Turn the plate upside down on top of my toaster and set it to toast.

The radiant heat from the toaster coils rise up and warms the plate just perfectly for one plate. I just started doing this to warm up our plates. If you had more plates to warm- a warmed oven or dishwasher would work better, but for dinner for two- this is perfect.
warming plates on a toaster

12 Comments

posted April 10th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Cool idea!

posted April 12th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

This is brilliant…and why I jump whenever I see you’ve got a new post!

posted April 12th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Wow, this is great!
I am going to try this with a coffee mug.

- Andy
posted April 14th, 2008 at 11:05 am

Too much! I love it.

posted April 15th, 2008 at 6:25 am

Just wanted to let you know that your post is featured on BlogHer today! ~ AK

Cool- thanks Alanna!

–McAuliflower

posted April 15th, 2008 at 6:47 am

Ok that is one of the best kitchen tips ever. My toaster has never seen so much action. :)

posted April 15th, 2008 at 11:25 am

would have never thought of that one… great idea!

- Lina
posted April 16th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I’ve taken to warming up plates in the microwave oven. Pop ‘em in, 35 seconds, Voila! Warm plates!

Hi John

Whoops- if your plates get warm in the microwave, that’s a sign that they’re not that fit and healthy. I’m assuming you’re talking about ceramic plates. I’m curious if all your plates do this? And if these are factory made?

Glazes for ceramics used with food are designed to fit the claybody and be crack-free. That way water and other substances don’t get through the cracks. If a piece of ceramics is warming up it likely means that the clay body isn’t vitrified and is letting in water (which can get trapped and grow things). A warm piece may also be a sign of an unbalanced glaze formulation that is excessive with microwave excited metallics (which will likely leach).

–McAuliflower

posted April 18th, 2008 at 2:24 am

I found this to be a very useful tip– thanks!

posted April 18th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Warming up in the micro seems to work on everything from fine porcelain china like Wedgwood to Corelle ware…

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