You may be a mom chef to some picky eaters or a bachelor who likes to have pizza on game nights or at jam seshes. Perhaps you’re a professional pizza baker who loves to create gourmet pizza dishes for loved ones when you’re not working!
Whatever the case, if you’re a true pizza enthusiast, you’ve probably already recognized the importance of having a pizza stone in your kitchen toolbelt. Pizza stones help imitate the effects of a real brick pizza oven. They work fantastically due to their porous surface, which absorbs and retains heat as well as draws excess moisture from the pizza dough to create a mouthwatering crispy crust.
Pizza stones do, however, require some unique care to keep them in good condition bake after bake. Below, we’ve laid out the details you need for properly cleaning a pizza stone!
Before we get to the cleaning details, there are some things you should know about your pizza stone before you even bake with it!
Upon taking it out of the box, your stone will be nice and new, with no scratches or seasonings. When you’re ready to cook with it, you may feel tempted to rub some oil on it, as you do when cooking most things. We’re here to tell you – don’t! Using oil on your stone may cause it to smoke or burn while heating up.
Instead, allow your stone to develop a natural coat of seasonings. This will occur after using it a few times and will add some flavor to future pizzas.
Before you even think about placing your dough onto your pizza stone, stick it into your cold oven and allow the stone to heat up gradually with your oven until it reaches the desired temperature. If you place your cold pizza stone into an already-hot oven, the chances of cracking are more likely, which will render it useless.
Immediately after using your stone, you may feel inclined to clean it with the rest of your kitchen materials. However, because pizza stones retain heat so well, you’ll have to wait a few hours until it has completely cooled down before touching it.
Once it’s cool, you may clean it, but first, keep in mind the following:
A clean pizza stone requires the following typical household materials:
In the following simple steps, you’ll learn how to clean a pizza stone:
Cleaning a pizza stone isn’t hard – we promise! It may seem like a lot of steps, but after a couple of times cleaning it, it’ll become second nature.