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Old 06-01-2006, 09:55 AM   #11
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Old 06-01-2006, 10:21 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW
...Of course, if it breaks, Andy is going to get a box of shards shipped to him via UPS ...
That's OK, Michael. I'll glue it back together and send it back!

Ceramics can withstand extreme heat without harm. I have a Pampered Chef stone and leaving that in the oven during a cleaning cycle works for it.

I'm talking about a variety of food stains either from pizza components or other stuff I cook in the oven that spill over. I don't always remember to turn the stone upside down when I'm not using it to keep the pizza side clean between uses.

If you're using unglazed quarry tiles, it should work for them as well, but I've never tried it.

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Old 06-01-2006, 08:03 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Andy M.
I leave my pizza stone in the oven during the self cleaning cycle. It comes out clean as a whistle. Any stain that survives that process is cosmetic only and will not effect cooking.
This is what i do too.
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Old 06-04-2006, 08:09 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by marmalady
I would normally agree w/all above, that the stains and discoloring are from the normal cooking process. However - Corey said she 'inherited' the stone from a previous apartment dweller - so she has no idea what those stains are from ! In this case, I'd suggest maybe washing it with a soft scrubbie and some mild detergent - just to feel better from a hygienic point of view!
Not a problem ... the stains are really insignificant and don't mean anything healthwise. Heat the stone up to 350-F for about 10 minutes .. all the bugs will be dead. If you were going to wash it ... I would heat it on lowest oven temp for about 2 hours - then crank it up to about 200-F for an hour to dry the stone out. Stones are porous ... if you don't dry them out slowly the moisture inside the stone can expand and cause the stone to break.

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