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How do you prep a baking stone for first time use and care for it over time?

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November 19, 2007 6:42AM

Some tips on cooking successfully with a baking stone include:

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November 19, 2007 6:42AM

Some tips on cooking successfully with a baking stone include: • Heat your baking stone in your oven before use. Although this doesn't work out well if you want to roll out pizza dough on the surface, for almost all other applications you will find that you get the best results if your baking stone is already heated when you place the food on it to cook. • Don't wash your baking stone with soap. The baking stone should come with a scraper - a small plastic spatula type device that is used (with water) to scrape the stone clean. Soap will destroy the accumulated "seasoning" of the stone, so just rinse it clean with hot water and scrape off any debris with the scraper. • Your baking stone will discolor (naturally) over time, so don't be alarmed by this. I was told that my blackened baking stone (which I was very concerned about) was a sign of a well-seasoned stone. • Experiment! Try using the Pillsbury pizza dough and your favorite toppings for a great homemade pizza, or use the baking stone in place of a cookie sheet next time you're baking. You'll be amazed by the results!