How to clean a pizza stone … kitchen helper


Pizza stones are a great addition to your kitchen kit. They really help you achieve that much-desired perfectly crisp base. But they do tend to get a bit worn-looking after a few uses. The combination of high temperatures, oily ingredients and the porous nature of the pizza stone results in staining over time. And while you will never be able to get rid of every stain, there are things you can do to improve your pizza stone’s appearance.

The first step is to make sure you remove any ingredients that have fallen onto the stone as soon as possible after cooking. Allow the stone to cool while you eat the pizza, then use a dry cloth to wipe away any visible spills.

Allow the stone to cool completely and then move on to the next step of removing baked-on spills that didn’t come off with the dry cloth. Don’t use metal or other tools that can scratch the pizza stone. Instead, scrape with silicone or rubber tools.

After removing as much debris as you can by scraping, wipe the pizza stone with a damp cloth. It is important not to have the cloth too wet as many pizza stones are porous and water will damage the stone’s ability to create a crisp crust. Allow the stone to dry before returning it to the cupboard for storage.

If you have a particularly greasy or sticky stain on the pizza stone you can clean it with a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and use a clean toothbrush to work the paste onto the stain. Remove paste with a damp cloth and repeat if necessary.

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