How to Clean a Pizza Stone

Lap Up These Basic Instructions on How to Clean a Pizza Stone

Pizza stone is a flat surfaced dish used for the baking pizzas and sometimes, other baking goods. Yes, they are made of stone and are quite heavy to work with, unlike modern-day non-stick pans. Cleaning them requires a little know-how; reading instructions mentioned in this article shall help.
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Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018
Though you can evenly heat other baking items, a pizza stone is usually used to bake a pizza. It is actually a flat piece of earthenware, having all the properties of a stone such as being porous in nature and possessing thermal properties. Heat retaining properties of the stone prove advantageous, as it gives the pizzas a magical crispy crust, by absorbing all the moisture off it. Modern-day pizza stones are available in ceramic as well.

Instructions

Cleaning the pizza stone is actually an easy job, provided you follow the right method. No matter what type you're using, it mostly gets cleaned very easily. Here are some tips.
  • Never use any form of soap on the pizza stone. The stone tends to absorb the smell of the soap; the next time you bake a pizza, it may very much turn out to have the flavor of that soap.
  • If you want to clean the remains of the cheese off the stone, you can place the stone in the oven's self-cleaning cycle. It ultimately melts the cheese off the stone and makes it clean.
  • Scratch any burnt remains from the stone by using a kitchen hand tool (scraper). Then, rub it with a damp sponge and place it in a container full of plain but warm water. Soak the stone for 25 minutes and let it dry out fully. Repeat the procedure if the stone is not clean.
  • Keep the stone in the oven itself during the self-cleaning cycle. It helps to make the pizza stone cleaning process much more easy. But this might work in the wrong way because some ovens have long self-cleaning cycles.
  • In my opinion, the best thing to do would be to preheat the pizza stone for ten minutes and then sprinkle some breadcrumbs, semolina, or cornmeal before baking the pizza on it; this makes the stone's surface less sticky.
While cleaning the stone with water, one must always keep in mind that the water must be plain and warm. Also, it must be cooled down in the oven itself to prevent cracking due to sudden temperature change.