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Old 12-29-2009, 05:03 AM   #1
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Pizza stone first use...WASH?

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In a few hours I will be receiving my old stone oven baking stone from amazon. I was doing some searches and I found the manual for the stone. It says that I should wash the stone before first used. I was wondering if i wash the stone how many days do I have to wait until I can use it so that it does not crack or break because of moisture? I read online that if you wash the stone it would absorbe water in it and it may crack or break in the oven.

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Old 12-29-2009, 05:49 AM   #2
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Does manual say how to wash? EG with baking soda?
If manual does not talk about drying. I'd dry with paper towels, place on middle rack of oven; set oven to 125 F (warm) and bake for 4 or 5 hours.
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:13 AM   #3
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Just wash real quick and try not to hold it under the water for long. Do NOT use soap. Give it a quick rinse and then let it dry for a day or so. justplainbill's ideaabout putting it in a very low oven is a great idea too.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:10 AM   #4
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I just wiped mine off with a damp cloth - let it air dry and then heated it up in oven to burn off anything on it.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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Also think of the stone like a sponge. It will absorb anything it comes in contact with. So no soap ever! If you have roomates or a spouse threaten them with bad things if they ever wash it with soap.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:20 PM   #6
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Thanks Everyone!

GB a day is too long to wait I want to use it later tonight.

I'll pass a wet sponge and let air dry then preheat it in the oven for a bit.

Seems that the old manual that I read online is old. The one that I have now says to rinse the stone well under water then dry well with paper towels.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:22 PM   #7
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I was just saying a day to be safe. Realistically, as long as you do not let it soak then you can pass the stone under the faucet and dry it with a towel and use it right away. It is not an issue if the surface is wet. It only becomes an issue if the water soaks in.
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I've also heard that it's good to first cook something really greasy on it, like biscuits from the can. That will help stuff not stick to it the first time.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:34 PM   #9
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cornmeal under the crust works well to help with the sticking issue
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:42 PM   #10
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cornmeal under the crust works well to help with the sticking issue
Yeah, I do that every time I make pizza. I have 2 stones, and one had never been used. So I sprayed w/ PAM and baked it for a bit. I still had pizza crust sticking, even to my old "experienced" stone. I think there was a problem with my crust, or maybe too much sauce. I used a LOT of sauce that time.
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