8.13.2010

Cleaning My Pampered Chef Pizza Stone

Dramatic Before and After Shot:

First, I must preface by saying; the dark stone on the left is one that went through HALF of a self cleaning cycle in my oven when unbeknownst to me there was a major oil spill on the bottom of the oven that when heated by the self-cleaning cycle, erupted into flames strong enough to make me nervous and therefore, hitting the CANCEL button half way through the cleaning.

My stone came out black. Blackened by soot, ash, oils, etc. it was a mess. But I show you the photo to see just HOW dirty, stained and black my stone was.

The most important thing to point out?

The one of the RIGHT was also in the oven at the time. It was also THAT black.

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When I first got my pizza stones (years ago) I, like most, wondered how to really, truly clean them. Ours are heavily used for pizza, appetizers, baking main entrees for dinner and much, much more (everything but sweets, cookies or baked goods - I don't bake that sort of thing on them). I knew you weren't to scrub them with soap and water but to use the scraper that comes with them. I did, and once in a while I do use soap and water now that they are so heavily seasoned I have no fear of ruining of the seasoning. Baking almost anything adds enough oil to reseason almost instantly.

But I needed to clean them. And I found a little known (at the time) blurb online about putting your stones in the oven and running a self-cleaning cycle.

Bingo.

I've been doing it ever since and that was about 6 years ago.

Your dark, stained, heavily used pizza stone turns out as white/beige as the day you got it. Baking something with a higher fat content the first time it goes back into the oven is enough to reseason it.

Unless your pizza stone has been through a fire like mine was in the photo above, it won't be THAT dark of course! But it was a great photo to post to show a BEFORE AND AFTER at how running your pizza stone through the cleaning cycle in your oven is a quick and easy way to make them clean and new again.