"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories > Cookware
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-23-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 124
Pampered Chef stone

I bought a probably 15 inch pizza stone and when I got home it is too big for my Hamilton beach countertop oven. I needed a 12inch . I bought it at a consignment store. I was thrilled, because I've wanted one for a long time. Can these type stone be cut down? My husband is very handy for doing things like that, but I hate to ruin it. I don't know if anyone has ever ask this question. I have a big oven, but just hate to use it. Any ideas folks???

__________________

schoolgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2010, 07:00 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Kayelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: south central coast/California
Posts: 14,122
You have a big oven you hate to use? Is there a reason? No way would I try to cut down that beautiful stone down to a smaller size.
__________________

__________________
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

Kayelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2010, 07:00 PM   #3
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 46,094
In a home workshop, it may be difficult to cut it down to a 12" circle without causing it to crack into pieces. It's very hard and brittle.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
Certified Cake Maniac
 
LPBeier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Great "Wet" North
Posts: 20,250
Do NOT try to cut it. It will crack for sure. I have several Pampered Chef stones and remember my friend who sold them to me telling me that one lady wanted to return her pizza stone because it broke. When my friend saw it she asked what the holes were around the main crack. The woman told her that her husband was trying to put handles on to make it easier to get it out of the oven. Of course, the warranty didn't cover that!

For the length of time it will take to bake, why not use your "big" oven?
__________________
Living gluten/dairy/sugar/fat/caffeine-free and loving it!
LPBeier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2010, 07:46 PM   #5
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 124
During the summer I don't like to use the big oven because it heats the house up so much. I love to use my countertop oven, it cooks faster and I can cook a 12" pizza in it. I didn't even think about it being too big. So, yes, I will have to use the oven because I sure don't want to ruin the stone. Thanks for your replies. As always I came to the place to find out what the answer would be!!
schoolgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2010, 08:40 PM   #6
Senior Cook
 
snickerdoodle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Quad Cities, Midwest
Posts: 440
Used my PC pizza stone for the first time a couple months ago and I was really impressed... You'll love how the crust turns out... enjoy!!
snickerdoodle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2010, 11:02 PM   #7
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 124
I'm anxious to try it!!!
schoolgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2010, 05:25 PM   #8
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 12
I had a PC stone for years but it finally cracked. Instead of shelling $20 for another I paid $1.67 for an unglazed saltillo tile at home depot. It's about 12 inches square and I keep it on the bottom of my oven all the time. Every now and then I make a pizza and put the pizza directly on the stone.

Lee
locksmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2010, 06:09 PM   #9
Certified Cake Maniac
 
LPBeier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Great "Wet" North
Posts: 20,250
Quote:
Originally Posted by locksmith View Post
I had a PC stone for years but it finally cracked. Instead of shelling $20 for another I paid $1.67 for an unglazed saltillo tile at home depot. It's about 12 inches square and I keep it on the bottom of my oven all the time. Every now and then I make a pizza and put the pizza directly on the stone.

Lee
If you had your PC receipt and knew of a representative in your area you could have exchanged your stone for a new one for free....as it sounds like it broke out of being well used. But I like stone in the oven bit too!
__________________
Living gluten/dairy/sugar/fat/caffeine-free and loving it!
LPBeier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 09:59 AM   #10
Master Chef
 
jabbur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Newport News, VA
Posts: 5,615
No one suggested she contact the rep she bought it from and ask about exchanging it. It might be worth a try.
__________________
I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!
jabbur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 11:27 AM   #11
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 124
No such luck. I bought it at a consignment shop. I don't even know if there are different sizes or not. This 15" might be the only size they have. I have another question though. I haven't used it yet but I wonder about cleaning it before I use it. I just ran hot water over it and used a plastic scrubbie with it. I just wonder if that will be enough to get any germs off from the previous owner. Someone told me not to put soap on it. The young ladies at the consigment shop said their mothers put theirs in the dishwasher!!!
schoolgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 11:49 AM   #12
Certified Cake Maniac
 
LPBeier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Great "Wet" North
Posts: 20,250
No Dishwasher for baking stones!!!!! When you buy them new they come with some small scrubbers which work great without harming the surface. All I use on mine and I use them often....though rarely for pizza I just realized. I use them for my catering - baked pastry appetizers, etc.
__________________
Living gluten/dairy/sugar/fat/caffeine-free and loving it!
LPBeier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 12:10 PM   #13
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NY
Posts: 321
i dont clean my stone....just keep it in the oven at all times, and occasionally brush off some of the burnt crud that collects....absolutely no soap or other cleaners, as the stone will absorb it.....i know people who put it through the oven cleaning cycle, which i bet works well.....i dont think you need to worry about germs - if you use it right, you give the stone/oven a significant time to pre-heat to a very high temp, which should kill most nasties

TheNoodleIncident is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 12:16 PM   #14
Certified Cake Maniac
 
LPBeier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: The Great "Wet" North
Posts: 20,250
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheNoodleIncident View Post
i dont clean my stone....just keep it in the oven at all times, and occasionally brush off some of the burnt crud that collects....absolutely no soap or other cleaners, as the stone will absorb it.....i know people who put it through the oven cleaning cycle, which i bet works well.....i dont think you need to worry about germs - if you use it right, you give the stone/oven a significant time to pre-heat to a very high temp, which should kill most nasties

Couldn't agree with you more, Noodle. I use my little scrubbers dry on the stone and anything left gets baked off the next time I use it.
__________________
Living gluten/dairy/sugar/fat/caffeine-free and loving it!
LPBeier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 12:17 PM   #15
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 124
Thanks Ladies, I am going to use my stone today. My gson is out of school and I thought I'd cook one of those frozen pizza's that he likes. I also am going to bake some sweet potatoes. Would they cook good on there? I usually just cook them in a pan, just wondered though.
schoolgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 12:59 PM   #16
Executive Chef
 
justplainbill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Eastern Long Island, New York
Posts: 4,206
There are masonry blades available which are capable of making straight cuts in tile, brick, etc. using a radial arm or table saw.
justplainbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 01:55 PM   #17
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 124
My husband has a tile cutter and other type of tools. That's why I thought he might could do that. If he could just cut the 2 sides it would fit my oven. I just don't want to ruin it though.
schoolgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 02:23 PM   #18
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Kayelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: south central coast/California
Posts: 14,122
Schoolgirl, why don't you do what Lee did for your smaller oven? It would be the perfect size!

Locksmith (Lee) said:
Quote:
I paid $1.67 for an unglazed saltillo tile at home depot. It's about 12 inches square and I keep it on the bottom of my oven all the time. Every now and then I make a pizza and put the pizza directly on the stone.
__________________
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

Kayelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 02:37 PM   #19
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: alabama
Posts: 124
Well Kayelle, I actually did buy one and then wondered if I should use it. I ask the employee in Lowe's about an unglazed tile and this is what I bought. The employee said he had never heard of it and suggested I put it in a hot oven for a while. I don't know if it was a saltillo tile or not(I'm not familiar with the different type tiles).
schoolgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2010, 02:42 PM   #20
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: US Mid Atlantic Coast
Posts: 16
Don't use any soap product on the stone unless you want your pizza, cookies and whatever else you cook on it to taste like Palmolive or Cascade! The hot water and plastic scrubbie will do fine; it will retain spotting-this is OK. Don't use the scrubbies with fine threading; they will shred. Unglazed tiles from a hardware store will do the same job at much less cost. It is OK to leave them in your oven all the time. It does not use more energy to heat them up and helps regulate your oven temperature too. Also work great for 'warming up' precooked holiday entrees prepared ahead of time (like a hotplate). When hot, use metal or wood utensils - the temp will melt plastic.
__________________

giginpeppep is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
×