Getaway Gear: Armetale Hot and Cold Tray

We support our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

We’ve all heard of hot plates, right? For warming food until dinner is served, or keeping a pot of chili hot. Well, how about a cold plate?

This tray is part of a serveware set designed to keep foods either hot or cold at the table, indoors or out. It’s made from Armetale, a patented aluminum alloy, which lets it be preheated in the oven or the grill to keep foods warm throughout a meal. It can also be put in the freezer to chill it down for serving cold foods – like mini-cups of ice cream.

We like that these are individually cast in Pennsylvania, at a family-owned foundry that’s been around since 1892. But we also wonder why these are any better than any old aluminum pizza pan; we could freeze our old one and use it as a cold serving tray.

Regardless, it’s inspiring, especially given Harold McGee’s big piece on the power of COLD in today’s Times! Bringing along a frozen tray would help when serving picnic food or hosting a dinner on the back porch.

(Image: Williams-Sonoma)