Easy: Now there are plates with a heater integrated!
("The best present ever" said an 87 year old mom)
Don't waste your time looking on wikiHow; For some reason, they keep vandalizing all information we post on the subject (against their own policies). They say that since this is the only solution to the problem, it is advertising.
Below, comment from one of our customers
(We are so grateful when you let us know we are helping)
(Even though we told wikiHow that this is important information for caregivers of the sick and the elderly; Alzheimer's patients, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Parkinson's, WLS (Weight loss surgery), MS (Multiple sclerosis) and many other sick or elderly people who eat slowly for a number of reasons, like mobility problems or disabilities or very simply... to enjoy hot food
How to Keep Food Hot on the Plate
Everybody knows that when food gets cold, it is not the same and spending long hours cooking a delicious dinner is a shame if it gets cold almost immediately (sometimes even before you get everybody to seat at the table).
Things that don't work
- Things that don't work? Well basically nothing works, even if you try thick heavy plates, why? The surface keeps being large, you have more thermal mass to store heat in a heavy plate which helps a little but... the heat (kinetic energy of the molecules and crystals is conducted (transferred by conduction) to the surface very fast, with the same result as above: it gets radiated very fast and lost raising the entropy of the universe (Sorry, I could not resist, you can Google it).
- There are some products and methods which don't work (We have tested some, others we don't even need to test) Some people even suggest running hot water over the plates, well... what a waste of water and energy with no practical results except avoiding using real cold plates that would get food cold even faster.
- There are a few methods to keep food from getting cold before serving, but once on the plate, you'd better start eating and fast and that is a major problem. Eating fast causes overeating (obesity) since our brain needs at least 20 minutes to get the signal that we are satisfied (no longer hungry). Go to HotSmartUSA.com (there is a page "Eat Slowly! See why")