Soapstone Pizza Stone
Cooking your pizza on soapstone is a true experience. Soapstone is a natural mineral with amazing thermal properties and has been around for thousands of years. It naturally holds hot or cold temperatures longer than other kinds of natural material or cookware. The superior thermal qualities mean you will cut your cooking time by almost half that of ordinary pizza stones. It cooks your food without ever altering the flavor because soapstone has no taste. Our soapstone pizza stones are also thicker than others on the market, which means it is able to retain more intense heat longer. As a result, unlike thinner or cheaper pizza stones, it will brown your pizza beautifully while crisping the crust because it is non-porous. The dough will not soak into this stone but will have a searing effect with what comes into contact with the surface.
Curing the Soapstone Pizza Stone
Before you can use your soapstone pizza stone, you need to "cure" it. After you first receive the soapstone, wash it thoroughly with water. Once the stone is dry, apply vegetable oil to both sides. Place your stone inside your oven and heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake your soapstone for two hours. After the two-hour mark, turn your oven off. Let your oven cool. Once cool, repeat the process. After the second baking, let the oven cool down again. Once cool, take the stone out of the oven and wash it. Now you are ready to use it.
Using the Soapstone Pizza Stone
Soapstone is better than any other stone when it comes to distributing heat evenly. It is this quality that make soapstone the best for baking pizza. It will make the dough crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
When using your stone always place it in a cold oven. This allows the stone to absorb the heat gradually and evenly once you turn the oven on. For the best results, we recommend heating your oven to a minimum of 550 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it has reached the required temperature, you will find it is far too hot to handle with conventional oven gloves. We suggest you use a pizza peel to slide the pizza onto the stone as well as when removing it from the oven.
Cleaning and Maintaining Soapstone
Not Just For Pizza
Soapstone retains cold temperatures as well as hot. You can put your soapstone in the freezer and use it as a tray to keep your items cold.
You can also cook fish, chicken or vegetables on the grill with your soapstone.
Because it retains heat, you can also warm it and use it as a heating tray.
This is the best pizza stone to use in your oven. It is stunning and durable. These pizza stones, manufactured for BestPizzaSupplies.com, come in numerous sizes and handle finishes. All stones are 3/4 " thick.