Slateplate Buyers Guide
What Makes Our Platters Unique?
Slate is an amazing, natural material. Formed over millions of years of heat and pressure from shale and mud. As a metamorphic stone, it is extremely hard and durable.
As a natural product, slate from various locations around the world has some variations. As you can imagine, heat and pressure in the earth's crust varies by location, depth and time period. The most dense, durable and uniformly darkest slate comes from areas in Wales and Canada. Both of these seams of slate were created together at one time, before the Atlantic ocean grew between the continents.
The density of the slate is important in the quality of the product produced for serving ware. Less dense slate is lighter in color and may tend to flake during use (not good for food quality). It is also more likely that less dense slate will create sharp edges in the final product.
Just like you wouldn't choose just any wood for a cutting board or basket, it is important that natural materials be well selected and handled and evaluated during manufacture.
The deep, dark color of our product makes lighter or brightly colored foods "pop". As a background for food service, black is sometimes much better than white or wooden serving wear.
Think of your serving ware or plates as the "frame" for your food picture. The right frame can certainly improve the painting. That is the same as for plating food. Sometimes black is just a better choice to bring out the visual qualities of the serving.
Why Should You Use A Slateplate?
Once you use the best slate on the planet, the most dense and durable. And your manufacturing uses durable feet and ensures the material will not flake and has no sharp edges. Then your products are dishwasher (and sterilizer) safe. How fabulous to host a party and be able to put all of the serving ware in the dishwasher at the end of the evening!
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.
For passed appetizers, slate is a lovely serving piece. It comes in many sizes. As a natural product, we don't need molds to make different sizes, we can just cut them in multiple sizes and shapes. So we can offer so many choices - when we don't have the costs of molds and production runs.
For chefs, that means we can make a few pieces of exactly the right size plates to "frame" their creations. Visual appeal is important to the enjoyment of the meal. Custom sizes pieces are perfect for creating and enhancing unique culinary creations.
How Do You Clean A Slate Cheese Board?Our serving boards, plates, platters and trivets are dishwasher safe, even under the sterilizing settings. Typical servingware cleaning products including dishwasher detergents will not harm our products. Other manufacturer’s slate products may not be dishwasher safe.
Unlike Slateplate, other slate products that has not been sealed with mineral oil 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.
To Clean Your Slate Cheese Board By Hand
Is Slate Food Safe?We take great care and personal effort to ensure that our products are food safe. We ensure this through our choice of dense slate, how we manufacture, and how we seal the slate. The density is very important, as the more dense the slate, the less likely it will flake in your food, that combined with our manufacturing practices, we guarantee that our boards won't flake. We also seal our product with food-safe mineral oil.
Unlike pressed power chalks (that we remember from school or can buy for the children to use on the sidewalk), soapstone does not create dust. It is so much better when used on slate, right next to food. Soapstone is primarily made of magnesium (think Milk of Magnesia) and food safe.
How Do You Plate A Slate Cheese Board?
Now, all you have to do is visit Nami’s blog post, bookmark it, go ahead and set up your very own serving board!
We decide what slate to buy based on the quality of the natural material. We do not source on cost. We manage cost by purchasing a lot of slate at one time. We keep several tons of slate in our shop in North Carolina.
Because we keep raw slate on site, we can make any size serving piece (up to 24 x 12) with a few days. We can also custom engrave the piece in a similar time frame. So - if you need a totally unique piece, we can usually produce it and ship within a week.