I know how you feel. Your pizza stone is black, crusty, and looks like maybe you rescued it from a house fire recently. And that makes you feel like you’re doing it wrong, right? Well don’t worry – I’ve here today to help you figure out how to clean a pizza stone that could use a little TLC.
Spoilers: Don’t use water or soap! OK, on to the info.
Why Clean A Pizza Stone?
This is a actually a good question to be asking yourself. Why exactly ARE you cleaning your pizza stone? Does it smoke when you use it? Is your pizza stone so crusted with food that it’s more of a mountain range and less of a calm, flat plain? If either of these scenarios hit close to home, continue reading. If you’re simply looking to restore your stone to it’s previous clean looking state, consider leaving your stone alone and letting it develop a wonderful smell and color that will smell like you’ve baked something amazing every time you turn on the oven.
How To Clean A Pizza Stone in Two Acts
It’s actually pretty easy to clean a pizza stone. In general, you want to stay away from using any soap or water. The two main methods for cleaning a pizza stone are:
Your pizza stone is one tough piece of rock and, as such, can put up with a lot of manual scraping. You can use almost anything rigid to scrape your stone clean, however I prefer to use my dough blade / scraper because it’s metal and I already own it. Another tool you may already have is a BBQ brush. Both will quickly allow you to scrape baked-on bits right off your pizza stone. This is probably where you should start when you are trying to figure out how to clean a pizza stone.
If you have a little bit of time, consider popping your stone into your oven and either running it as high as it can go for an hour or two or even run the oven’s self-cleaning mode. There isn’t a whole lot out there that could survive such harsh treatment… other than your awesome stone that is Be aware that this approach might create some smoke in the house as the fod burns off the stone. Use your hood or open a window and enjoy that smokey pizza smell.
Is It Time For A New Pizza Stone?
Sometimes you’re ready for an upgrade… or you’re just not willing to do any more scraping or cleaning on your current stone. Now that you know how to clean a pizza stone you can make the call In either case, I’ve owned a good many pizza stones in my day and I thought I would share my favorites with you here as well. Each of these stones are of high quality and have served me well. As you can see, the
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