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When we remodeled our kitchen I didn't realize what a bonus choosing granite for our countertops would be. We had formica and there were lots of options to choose from.
The owner of the cabinet store where we bought our cabinets from asked what type of countertop we were going to get. I told him what we were considering (maybe silestone, maybe granite.) We weren't 100% sure yet.
He gave me some tips that made our decision easy. He told me he had granite in his kitchen and loved it. Then he told me why. If he was taking a hot pot off the stove and needed somewhere to put it quick, he put it on his granite counter top and it didn't even damage it - not one bit.
Then, he told me this kitchen trick you can do with granite countertops. The granite countertops act as a natural defroster. You can put frozen meat in the package on them and it will defrost them. He told me that and I was sold. (He didn't even sell counter tops.) You know what?!? It works!! My granite countertops defrosted many things - chicken, turkey burgers, ground beef, hot dogs, etc. Depending on the size of the meat, it can take up to 20 minutes to thaw. It's amazing.
We have since moved from that house and have corian countertops now. You know what? I miss my granite. Not to sound snobby here but...corian doesn't defrost. I remember the first time I put some frozen meat on the corian countertops. Twenty minutes later I checked on the meat and it was still hard as a rock. Ugh...what a disappointment.
So if you are deciding between granite, corian, silestone, or formica I would encourage you to invest in granite. It's solid, it looks good, and it does double duty. Don't we all like double duty helpers in a kitchen??
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