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How to Care for Your Pizza Stone

A pizza stone helps your home oven mimic the effects of a brick oven but they require special care.

A pizza stone helps your home oven mimic the effects of a brick oven but they require special care.

By Julissa Roberts, associate food editor

February 29th, 2012

A pizza stone helps your home oven mimic the effects of a brick oven. The porous stone absorbs and retains heat evenly and eliminates excess moisture in the pizza dough to create a superbly crisp crust. A pizza stone does, however, require some special care. Follow these guidelines to keep your stone in great shape:

• Never wash your pizza stone with soap. The pores will absorb it, and you’ll be able to taste it when you make your next pizza.

• Never submerge your stone in water. Instead, once the stone has cooled completely, scrape off any baked-on food with a stiff, dry brush or a plastic scraper, and then use a damp cloth to wipe it down. Don’t worry if your stone gets stained—that’s natural and will not affect the flavor of the next pizza you make.

• If your stone gets extremely dirty, you can use medium-grit sandpaper to sand down any raised bits.

• Some people keep their stones in their ovens to create more-even heat for other baking. If you do this, be aware that it will take the oven longer to heat. Also, never leave it in the oven during the self-cleaning cycle because it may break.

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Comments (4)

cookvt writes: Yikes, I used dish soap on my stone before reading not to. So, I'm hoping to hear some advice on that question as well! Posted: 8:36 am on June 8th

user-3378346 writes: unfortunately Ive already used washing up liquid...how can I make sure Ive removed it all and it wont taint pizzas with soapy taste? Posted: 1:57 pm on May 1st

JuliRoberts writes: Since the pizza stone retains and emits the heat for longer it helps maintain the temperature of the oven while your oven goes through its cycles.

When you set your oven to 350F it goes through 15 to 20 minutes cycles of heating and turning off to reach and try to maintain that temperature. An oven is considered at temperature in a window of 25 degrees in either direction. A stone in your oven will help maintain a truer temperature.

Hope that helps :) Posted: 11:39 am on April 12th

Sarafina1977 writes: I'd never heard of leaving stoneware in the oven to make it bake other items more evenly. How does that work? Posted: 4:22 pm on March 20th

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