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Slate uses and how to care for it

Cleaning and caring for Slateplate cheese boards and plates

Slate Cheese Board

Our Slateplate serving boards, plates, platters and trivets are dishwasher safe, even under the sterilizing settings. Typical servingware cleaning products including dishwasher detergents will not harm Slateplate products.

Other manufacturer’s slate products may not be dishwasher safe.

At Slateplate, we use only the darkest, densest slate from a specially identified geological seam of slate that spans from Maine/Canada to Wales/UK.  Other manufacturer’s slate products use slate that is less dark and dense from other sources around the world.

Dining Slate Plate

The density of the slate is important, as dense slate is less likely to flake or fracture.  We also take the time to hand work each Slateplate piece to ensure there will be no sharp edges and no flaking of slate during use.  

Unlike our cheese boards, other slate products may flake during use, scratch other surfaces with their sharp edges or flake during dishwashing.

Slateplate is very strong, but can break or chip if dropped or hit.

If you scratch your slate or the finish dulls during use, simply rub a thin layer of olive oil on the surface and wipe away the excess.

Unlike Slateplate, other slate that has not been sealed may stain when oily or strongly acidic foods are served on it.  For example, raw slate will become darkened in the location where a soft cheese is served on it.  It is difficult to remove that stain or even hide it with later sealing.  You will never see that staining with a Slateplate product. 

What is Slate Used For?

Slateplate products are not microwave or oven safe.  Slate can contain trace metals within the stone, and uneven heating in a microwave or oven may cause the slate to break

You can pre-heat your Slateplate in a warming oven at 200F or less.  You can pre-cool your Slateplate in the freezer or refrigerator.  Slate is slow to change temperature (and won’t look different when hot) so be careful in handling hot slate.

Below are some fun uses you can try for your slate!

Serving food

Slate is well known for its use as for serving food, but there are many other great uses for this unique natural stone. The reason that slate is widely used for serving food is three-fold. First, and most notable, is that the dark color of the natural stone brightens your cheeses and other foods making your dishes or offerings more vibrant and attractive. This is why slate is used in many fine restaurants as a serving plate. Secondly, despite being so thin, slate is very strong and is also food safe which together make it the perfect natural plate. We seal our slate with mineral oil to maintain its deep luster and this also keeps anything from sticking to it making cleanup a breeze. Lastly, slate works great as a chalk board so it takes an ordinary serving dish and makes it different and fun.


Slate is very, very old- in fact, most slate is densely compacted volcanic ash! It is fireproof from creation and certain pieces can handle hot temperatures. Because of this, your smaller slate pieces may work great as a trivet (we recommend on sizes 8x8 and smaller). Be aware, although your slate can handle heat, it is equally an amazing conductor of that heat - so therefore the slate itself will become hot and stay hot for a long time so be careful if using it in this application! That said, this makes your Slate a great Warmplate to keep food warm on the table. Do not put your slate in the oven or microwave.


Just like its ability to handle intense heat, your Slateplate can handle intense cold as well. If placed in the refrigerator your slate will stay cool for quite awhile, if placed in the freezer your slate will stay cold for a much longer time. This allows you to effectively serve desserts and other cold items on your slate that you might not otherwise be able to, such as pies, cakes, and tortes. Just keep in mind if you are serving something that will melt, much like an ice cream cone, you'll want to eat it before it melts too much!

Food Service

There are a number of restaurants that use Slateplates for serving their customer's meals, desserts, and side dishes. They are especially nice for serving colorful dishes like sushi because they bring out the food's brilliant colors and can keep it chilled at the same time. Slateplates are food safe, so you can use them to serve just about anything. Pretty much the only thing you can't use them for is dishes with thin sauces since the Slateplates are almost completely flat.

Bath and Decor

Slateplates aren't just for food! They also make great decoration and utility pieces. Many of our customers like to use them for candles because if the wax spills over it just peels right off, plus it provides a fireproof base in case they were to fall over. Others like to put flower arrangements on them using the black as a stark contrast giving those natural colors a real 'wow' factor. Slateplates are completely waterproof and make great easy-to-clean soap dishes for use in or out of the shower!

Other Uses

We've been told of many uses for Slateplates other than what we listed here. One customer paints them and sells them at art shows! Another uses the larger ones as slate placemats she leaves on the dining table to make it look nicer when not in use.

Do you have a unique use for a Slateplate?
Please share it with us, we'd love to hear from you!