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Tested: Dinner from a hot stone

You may have come across a hot stone when you last ate out in a restaurant. These special grill platters are now available for home use – and will impress your guests. I put two hot stone models to the test.

What did we test?

We tested the hot stone sets “Himalaya Salt” and “Classic”. These 6-piece sets include a stone slab, a wooden board, three sauce dishes and a white ceramic bowl for side dishes.

  • Hot Stone
  • Hot Stone
  • Hot Stone
CHF 43.60
Nouvel Hot Stone
2

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Mail delivery

  • approx. 7 – 9 days
    > 5 item(s) ready for shipment from external warehouse

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  • Hot Stone "Himalaya Salz"
  • Hot Stone "Himalaya Salz"
  • Hot Stone "Himalaya Salz"
CHF 68.90
Nouvel Hot Stone "Himalaya Salz"
2

Availability

Mail delivery

  • approx. 2–3 weeks
    In supplier's stock

Collection

  • All locations: approx. 2–3 weeks
    Currently in stock at the supplier

If ordered immediately.
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Before first use

Make sure you do the following before your first table grilling session: Rinse stone under running water (note: do not use any detergent!) and dry well. To release the tension inside the stone and increase its stability, place it in a cold oven and heat at 250°C for 40 minutes. Let the stone cool down to room temperature.

Instructions

Step 1: Heating the stone

After the stone has been rinsed and stabilised, you’re ready to go: Place the hot stone in an oven and heat to max. 275°C. According to the manual, all it takes is 30 to 40 minutes before you can carefully take the stone out of the oven with oven gloves. However, when I tried this, the stone was only hot enough to grill on for about 5–10 minutes. So my advice is: Leave the stone in the oven for longer in order to be able to use it at the table for 15–20 minutes.

Step 2: Grilling at the table

If you did not marinate your pieces of meat, I would recommend greasing the hot stone with high-quality cooking oil after it has been heated. This prevents the meat from sticking to the stone. To achieve best results, the manufacturer, Nouvel, also recommends cutting the meat no thicker than 1 to 2 cm.

Conclusion

As mentioned above, it’s well worth leaving the stone in the oven for a good while in order to be able to grill for an extra 10 minutes. Personally, I left mine in for 60 minutes. An additional stone might also come in handy if you wish to extend the grilling time. And now for the two tested models: both hot stone sets by Nouvel are of high quality and are nicely designed. Personally, I thought the meat cooked on the Himalaya salt stone was a bit on the salty side. In future, I’ll be using the Hot Stone Classic as it allows me to salt or marinate my meat the way I like it. All in all, a hot stone dinner is a great experience: It allows the host to stay seated with the guests and everybody can grill their food according to their personal taste.

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Eigentlich krass, wieviel Energie man hier aufwendet für diesen Stein. Da kann man doch auch gleich Tischgrill machen...

29.11.2016
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User Kim Mayenzet

Die "Hot Stone Stimmung" ist ein Erlebnis, was der Tischgrill nicht bieten kann.

30.11.2016
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Ein Tischgrill ist ein Erlebnis, welches ein "Hot Stone" nicht bieten kann ;-)

30.11.2016
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User DonTravolta

Aber lange nicht so romantisch wie ein "Hot-Stone"-Dinner ;) Und mal ehrlich, findest Du einen Tischgrill wirklich toll?

30.11.2016
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Danke für die rege Diskussion ;-) Wollte mich nicht all zu sehr auf die Tischgrill-Fraktion versteifen. Bin halt schon ein alter Sack.
Um die Diskussion zu objektivieren noch ein Beitrag. Hot Stones sind Einzelkämpfer. Sie sind ein Ausdruck einer Individualgesellschaft. Jeder Tischkomparse kümmert sich um seinen eigenen Hot Stone. Gleichzeitig schabt auch jeder auf seinem Smartphone herum, natürlich für sich, mit sich, etc. Hot Stones sind so gesehen transaktionsanalytische Projektionen...

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...bisher unerfüllter Hoffnungen und mentale Bestellungen an den Nucleus accumbens. Tischgrills sind erotische Whirlpools, in denen Fleische aller Länder und Nationen und aller Mitglieder der ungeschriebenen Gemeinschaft der Tafelrunde sich zufällig streifen. Manch schöne Zweisamkeit entstand aus der liebevollen Berührung einer auf der falschen Tischgrillseite verloren geglaubten Lammhüfte und einer einsamen Putenbrust.
Vintage Tischgrills die stinken und schmauchen. Schwarz ist das neue Weiss!

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