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Old 01-13-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Seasoning a Pizza Stone?

I've had a pizza stone now for about 12 years. I've only used it to help even out the temps of the various ovens I've had in the places I've lived.

I just read a thread yesterday or the day before about seasoning a pizza stone by baking various items directly on the stone.

Please refresh my memory as to what those items were? I think I remember oven-baked french fries and fish sticks (I'm kicking myself, as I just did some fish sticks for lunch for my daughter and I). Are there other things I can use as well?

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Old 01-13-2009, 05:55 PM   #2
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I have baked only bread directly on the stone. I didn't do anything special to season it. I heated the bread stone and when I put the loaf on top, I put down a bit of corn meal so that the bread wouldn't stick. That was it.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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I've never seasoned my pizza stone. I've used it for cookies once and they turned out fine
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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This is interesting.

I was under the impression that one of the benefits of the pizza stone was that, the 'stone', being porous, was effective at drawing moisture out of the dough, resulting in a crispy crust. Seasoning the stone would prevent that from happening.

I clean my stone in the oven during the oven's self cleaning cycle.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:55 PM   #5
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This is a good question cause, uh, mine is turning kinda dark. The only thing I have used it for is pizza, and that is cooked directly on it. I think the wife is eyeing it for the wash, but I am not sure how she should wash it. Hot water and soap or just hot water? And just sponge or a scrubby sponge?
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:09 PM   #6
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Buddy, leave the stone in the oven during the cleaning cycle. When it's completed, brush off the ashes and you're done.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:13 PM   #7
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Uh... I have a cheap stove, no cleaning cycle! I think the dial only goes to 500... probably not hot enough to do it that way?
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:21 PM   #8
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Uh... I have a cheap stove, no cleaning cycle! I think the dial only goes to 500... probably not hot enough to do it that way?

Probably not. How about in a gas grill on full blast with the lid closed.

I have heard/read that you should not soap a stone.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:23 PM   #9
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I was thinking I had heard the same thing, for now I might just leave it on the counter and wait until I know for sure.
Or, use it as an excuse to the wife why I need a new stove! LOL.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:27 PM   #10
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Certain brands (Pampered Chef comes to mind) of stone recommend seasoning, but most others don't. I would only try seasoning if you know the manufacturer of your stone recommends it.
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