We performed a science experiment yesterday. We put an ice cube on a piece of soapstone and an ice cube on a piece of butcher block. The ice cube on the soapstone melted twice as fast! This method can be applied to defrosting meats and other items. Soapstone will not harbor bacteria, mold, and mildew so there is never a worry of your meats making your kitchen counter-top unsanitary. Just another advantage to the natural wonders of soapstone.