How to Care for a Pizza Stone

The recommended cleaning method for a pizza stone depends on the material your stone is made of. The cleaning instructions for glazed and unglazed stones also differ. Unglazed pizza stones should not be cleaned with soap and water. Some manufacturers recommend cleaning the stone without water. Read the use and care instructions included with your purchase.

In this post, you will find some general tips for cleaning your pizza stone.

1. Wash and Dry Before the First Use

Before first use, rinse your stone with cold water to remove any manufacturing residue and allow it to dry overnight. Place the stone in a cold oven and gradually increase the temperature until it reaches 500 F. Let it cool in the oven. This will remove excess moisture and prepare your stone for baking.

2. Discoloring/Seasoning

There is no need to season your new pizza stone as it will develop a non-stick coating with regular use.

Stone absorbs oils and sauces and becomes darker over time. It is normal for a pizza stone to become stained from grease and toppings, especially at higher temperatures. Discoloration that occurs over time will not affect the performance of your stone and may even lead to better cooking results. However, baking fatty foods on the stone can produce smoke and unpleasant smells.

Do not use non-stick spray to treat your stone as this can result in sticky deposits that prevent seasoning and are difficult to remove.

pizza on the stone

3. Regular Cleaning

After seasoning, your pizza stone only needs regular, basic cleaning. All you need to do the job is a scraper and a pizza stone brush.

A pizza stone can be easily cleaned without water. Once the stone is cooled to room temperature, use a metal spatula or a plastic scraper to remove any stuck-on bits from the surface. Do not scrape the stone vigorously or use abrasives because this can remove the non-stick seasoning.

To keep the surface of your pizza stone clean, use pizza stone brushes with natural bristles. Ensure the stone has cooled enough to be safe to touch before brushing it. Pizza stone cleaning brushes usually have a built-in scraper for removing caked-on cheese and toppings stuck to the pizza stone.

Wipe the surface with damp paper towels to catch any remaining food particles and dust.

If your pizza stone gets wet, allow it to dry thoroughly before next use.

4. Precautions

It is not recommended to put pizza stones in the dishwasher. The dishwashing detergent can affect the non-stick coating. But there are some exceptions. The Emile Henry pizza stone is made of natural clay and has a glazed surface. The instructions say it is safe to put in the dishwasher.

Make sure the stone is completely cool before washing. Use the nylon scraper to scrape any food particles off the surface. If your stone is glazed, simply place it under a stream of hot water while you scrape the surface with the nylon scraper.

Unglazed pizza stones tend to absorb moisture. If your stone is porous, we recommend simply wiping it with a damp cloth after scraping the baked goods.

Never use soap or detergent to wash an unglazed stone as the porous surface absorbs cleaning liquids. Using soap or dish soap risks altering the taste of your next pizza. Detergents can also ruin the seasoning. This rule does not apply to certain brands of glazed pizza stones, which can be washed with soap and water.

Pizza stones should not be used when wet. If you hand wash your unglazed pizza stone, you should place it in the oven for an hour and slowly increase the heat. This way you remove excess moisture before the next use. Exposing the stone to extreme heat fluctuations while wet can cause cracking.

5. How to Remove Stains from a Pizza Stone

To thoroughly clean your pizza stone, use a paste made from baking soda and water. Rinse the stone with hot water to loosen it and scrape away any caked-on food particles. Spread the paste on the areas you want to thoroughly clean. Leave the paste on for 15-20 minutes. Gently rub the stains until they disappear. Scrape off any remaining paste and rinse well. Dry the stone thoroughly before reusing or storing it.

6. Storage

Pizza stones are heavy and difficult to move. Many people choose to store it on the bottom rack of the oven. Although this is the most convenient option, you should be aware that the stone will absorb heat as you cook other things in your oven. The initial heating of the oven takes longer with the stone inside, but on the other hand, it helps the oven retain heat better and can help with hot spots.

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  1. Purchased an Emile Henry smooth pizza stone a couple of months ago. It stains badly with baked in black stuff that only comes off partially & that’s after hard scrapping with metal spatula. It stains with every use. Any ideas what to use? Oven cleaner? Thanks in advance.


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