All you have to do is heat up your SteakStones Lava Stone to between 280-350c (540-660f). Then, place the stone into the protective steel tray which is safely recessed into your strong and sustainable bamboo board and place your Steak on top and serve for you and your guests to sizzle away. This is Your Steak. Your Way!
We think this might be the first Kickstarter video delivered by someone eating their dinner, but we figured it’s simply the easiest way to show you how this amazing way to dine awakens all your senses. It sounds great. Looks great. Smells great. And most importantly tastes fantastic. Needless to say though. No touching.
SteakStones was formed after I was shouted at in a busy Restaurant by an angry French Chef in Versailles for ordering my steak done how I wanted, not how he did. "Ooz iz zis", he bellowed. "Mine", I sheepishly replied, but I wondered why I had to have my steak how he wanted, not exactly how I did.
This was followed shortly after by a trip to one of the fantastic Churrascaria Restaurants in Brazil where every piece of meat is served deliciously hot.
Merging these two experiences I figured there must be a way to combine cooking your food as you like live at the table whilst enjoying every bite as hot and delicious as the first.
We didn’t want cables or candles at the table, so set about testing different stones to see which could be safely heated whilst retaining the required temperature for long enough to cook a meal.
This journey took me to the foothills of Mount Vesuvius in Italy where we found that natural Lava Stone contained unique properties that meant it could be heated directly without any risk of cracking. 18 months after we began designing we had a product that had ticked all the boxes and the first SteakStones Set was born.
We have developed a very strong relationship with our quarry partners and still use exactly the same, top quality stone today and since our launch we've sold sets to restaurants all over the world. From traditional Steakhouses to Fish Restaurants looking for a new way to serve that very British Meal of Fish & Chips.
Our products are served as a unique way to dine in Indian Restaurants and our Lava Bowls are used in Asian restaurants for sizzling rice, noodle and soup dishes.
The great thing is that once people have experienced the meal in one of our restaurants they want to recreate the experience at home. The bad thing is that we are so busy fulfilling orders and growing with our retail partners, that every time we get close to shipping stock for fulfilment locally in countries outside Europe, such as the US and Australia, we simply don’t have enough stock to achieve this.
Shipping individual orders from the UK to these destinations is a little on the expensive side due the quality and weight of our sets, so is limiting our growth in these locations. So based on feedback we've had from customers in those locations we've designed three, fantastic new products which are specifically earmarked to go out to new markets.
The New SteakStones Sharing Steak Plate is perfect for serving plenty for two diners to share in the centre of the table. This could be 3 different cuts of Steak for a Steak tasting, or a mix of meat and fish for a unique Surf and Turf meal.
The Steak, Sides & Sauces Set, is ideal for a Fillet, Chips and your 2 favourite dips (my preference is an English or Dijon Mustard and some Horseradish). This new, compact unit is a great dinner party piece.
And the Steak Plate & Sauces Set, the same layout as the above set, but with an oversized stone making it perfect for a larger cut of Rib Eye or maybe a mini Surf and Turf accompanied by your favourites sides and sauces.
The purpose of this project is to get these great new products launched whilst delivering some great deals for you, wherever you live. If successful, we can then assign stock to new locations so that we can offer, cheap, sometimes free local delivery in countries where we know there is a great demand for this sensational dining experience.
In our video above you can see how the steak gets beautifully seared on the outside, but remains succulent and delicious on the inside right the way through the meal. If you like your steak more well done you can simply cut into strips and the individual pieces will cook through a little more. On the flip side if you like it rare, even 20 mins in the main piece of steak will remain uncooked allowing you to have something not even the best chef can give you. A hot, rare piece of steak at the end of the meal. The time lapse in our video is shot over 20 mins so you can see how the whole experience works.
At SteakStones we’re not just about meat steaks, though it’s a perfect way to cook Fillet, Rib Eye, Sirloin and Rump. But also think, Salmon, Tuna, Swordfish, Racks of Lamb, Scallops, Prawns and many more. Basically anything that can be eaten on the rare side can be cooked on the stone. Anything else and why not Sous Vide it first and you can then add the finishing sear and keep it piping hot on the stone.
No matter what you choose, what hot stone cooking gives you is a fantastically healthy way to eat with no oils or fats used in the cooking process so you'll have no problem fitting into your new pair of Barbell Jeans. The dry, searing heat of the stone traps in all the natural flavours of your chosen cut and it really is up to you to enjoy cooking every bite just as you like. SteakStones are extremely versatile and can be used indoors or out and in addition to serving sizzling meals at the table, can also be used to cook on your barbecue as soon as it’s lit and keep your food sizzling hot once transferred to the table.
This really is a new exciting way to dine and with your help, Kickstarter, we hope to launch these great new products for quick and cheap delivery in your location soon. Remember. This is Your Steak. Your Way. Happy sizzling!
HOW TO USE
Your SteakStones Lava Stones need heating to between 280-350c (540-660f). You can do this on the hob or stove (20 mins), under the grill (20-30 mins), in the oven (40mins), or even on the barbecue. Once up to heat rub a light coating of oil over the surface and present your deliciously sizzling steak for a dining experience where every diner is in control.
TO REST OR NOT TO REST?
A Steak cooked in a pan or on a grill has the all its natural moisture pushed to the centre of the steak as the muscle fibres contract as a result of the heat. Traditional resting allows the fibres to relax and the moisture to spread back through the steak so it's not all lost as soon as you cut into the Steak. Cooked on the Stone it's different. The dry, searing heat seals the outside of the Steak and every piece you cut. So the moisture is trapped inside each bite and this means you can enjoy every mouthful hot and succulent. There is simply no better way.
All of our products use the very best natural and sustainable materials available:
SHIPPING & SAVINGS
For any UK and European Orders, the prices shown on Kickstarter are without VAT, so you’re saving 20% before any of the generous additional discounts and incentives described on our rewards. We're also offering free shipping for all European, US, Canadian and Australian orders pledging £200 or more and will do the same for any other location where we get more than 20 orders (this allows us to consolidate shipping and not lose money due to expensive shipping fees). Everyone’s a winner with the SteakStones Kickstarter campaign, so please tell your friends and family so they too can benefit from our great project and launch discounts and don't forget if we get enough interest, shipping will be free wherever you are.
STEAKSTONES KICKSTARTER REWARDS
For £10 we'll send you one of our fantastic Limited Edition SteakStones bottle openers, so when you sip that next beer it will be with our thanks.
For £15 you can look the part in your kitchen or by the BBQ with our SteakStones Waist Apron.
For £20 go the whole length with our SteakStones Chest Apron. Perfect for preparing those delicious Steaks, especially one's you've aged yourself in your SteakLocker.
For £25 we'll send you a pair of our fantastic SteakStones Oven Gloves. Not just one, but two and these little beauties will become your favourite friend in the kitchen and you can remember us when all those pots and pans become much easier to handle!
For £75 we'll get you sizzling with the new SteakStones Sharing Plate. Perfect to sit in the middle of the table for two to share a sizzling medley of meat and/or fish. We'll add in a free pair of our oven gloves worth £25 so you can easily and safely handle your heated stone.
For £100 you get 2 of the new SteakStones Steak, Sides & Sauces Sets. Perfect for a hot dinner date for two and as a thanks we'll add in one of our Limited Edition SteakStones Bottle Openers. Total saving £20!
For £120 you get 2 of the new SteakStones Steak Plate & Sauces Sets, saving £20. Perfect for a hot meal for two with slightly larger appetites and as a thanks we'll add in one of our Limited Edition SteakStones Bottle Openers. Total saving £30!
For £210 you get 4 of the new SteakStones Steak, Sides & Sauces Sets, saving £30. Share the sizzle with your loved ones. You will earn plenty of favours from this exceptional dining experience and to help you look the part we'll also add in one of our SteakStones Waist Aprons for free. Total saving £45!
For £240 you get 4 of the new SteakStones Steak Plate & Sauces Sets, saving £40. Once your friends hear about the meals you're serving, the only problem will be keeping up with the demand for steak and to help you look good while serving we'll also add in one of our SteakStones Waist Aprons for free. Total saving £55!
For £310 you get 6 of the new SteakStones Steak, Sides & Sauces Sets, saving £50. This could be the simplest, most impressive dinner party you ever serve and you'll look great whilst doing so with a free SteakStones Chest Apron. Total saving £70!
For £360 you get 6 of the new SteakStones Steak Plate & Sauces Sets, saving £60. These are for your hungry friends. The type who crave a 14oz Rib-Eye. Treat them indoors or out and look great whilst doing so with a free SteakStones Chest Apron. Total saving £80!
For £400 you get 8 of the new SteakStones Steak, Sides & Sauces Sets, saving £70. Your dinner parties will become the talk of the town, with all your guests searing every bite of their steak to perfection and with a free pair of our SteakStones Oven Gloves the serve couldn't be simpler! Total saving £95!
For £480 you get 8 of the new SteakStones Steak Plate & Sauces Sets, saving £80. The problem of how to cook everyone's steak how they like is solved. They simply do it themselves and we'll help you serve up with a free pair of our SteakStones Oven Gloves. Total saving £105!
Our Premium Package, SteakStones creator, Nick Metcalf, will hand deliver 8 sets of your choice to you anywhere in the World and proceed to cook you and your guests dinner, ensuring that you receive the very best SteakStones dining experience. He'll bring some of the Finest cuts of steak available with him so all you have to do is enjoy the unique SteakStones Sizzle.
Risks and challenges
We've been negotiating hard with our suppliers and have agreement for a lower MOQ which has allowed us to go with a lower funding target.
It terms of any other possible issues as long as the earth keeps turning we'll be able to source the Lava Stone which is integral to all our products. Right now we plant a quota of Olive Trees for every cubic foot of Lava we quarry from the foothills of Mount Vesuvius and we have a plentiful supply of our incredible Lava.
Super strong and sustainable Bamboo is a key part of all our designs making the perfect base for our products. It doesn't grow that quickly in England though, so this does dictate a two month lead time on our supplies which is the reason for the timescale for fulfillment.
We have been working with all of our suppliers for for a good while, so are happy that our required (and hoped for) volumes can be fulfilled.
We'll certainly have all your product to you in time for some excellent Christmas presents and parties and look forward to seeing photos of some twists on those tired old traditional meals! It will be a sizzling Christmas wherever you are!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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