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Should I just toss my black spotted and crusted pizza stone?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Or are they supposed to look that that?

Mine is embarrassing and I haven't used it in a year because of the appearance. Nothing will get it clean. Should I toss it, or is it "seasoned" LOL

TIA!
post #2 of 15
Personally, I have no idea, but I was looking at a post the other day on the site of a professional baker (the creator of "Artisan Bread In Five Minutes a Day"). She was comparing her various stones, and a couple looked like what you describe!

Here it is.
post #3 of 15
Mine looks like that, well at least it's all spotted and stained looking. I scrape anything crusty off of it and rinse with just hot water.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
thank you thank you! i will keep (and scrape!)
post #5 of 15
keep! (if you will use it!)
post #6 of 15
That sounds like ours, too. I rinse in very hot water and scrape off the crusty parts (usually cheese that gets black and hard). Keep it!
post #7 of 15
ours is spotted. It isn't crusty. I will put soak it(10min or so) in hot soapy water to help get stuff off. I use the brown square scraper & if I have to a green scratch pad to get stuff off. Soaking it will do it the best. We've had it for 11 years & no problems.
post #8 of 15
You're not supposed to wash a pizza stone!

My pizza stone lives in my oven. The heat seasons it. If any stray cheese or whatever gets stuck on it, I scrape it with a metal spatula after it cools a little (cool enough to stick my hand in the oven but not so cool it's solidified). It sure is black and a little splotchy! That's exactly what it's supposed to look like. You can "clean" it better by leaving it in the oven during the self-cleaning cycle. That will get that whole layer of "crust" off. If yours doesn't self-clean or you don't want to use the cycle, you can also put it in a charcoal grill (well, put it in cold and then bring the grill up to a really high temp ... wouldn't want anyone to crack their pizza stone!).

If you want something pretty to cook pizza on, I'd suggest a cast iron pizza pan. You shouldn't wash cast iron in the conventional sense either though. (My mom had a cast iron pan when I was little, and I always wondered why people loved cast iron because anything you cooked in ours stuck like glue! Turns out you're not supposed to use soap on it. Huh. She didn't know! ).

If you have used soap on it, you should soak it in hot water and re-season it in the oven after it dries completely, before you cook another pizza on it. The soap can be deep inside and come to the surface (and get into your pizza!) during cooking, since the stone is porous.
post #9 of 15
Yep that is just how it is supposed to look! A perfect pizza stone! I have 2 that look like that!
post #10 of 15
Mine is dark and splotchy, too. I LOVE it! I just scrape regularly (as others have mentioned), and sometimes use a hot white rag to wipe it down until no more residue is being transferred. That's all. It's fabulous.
post #11 of 15
Mine started out like that, but now it is a beautiful black shiny color almost like cast iron. I have never been shy about getting it wet to clean it, but only when it is completely cooled off, and of course never with soap, just hot water and a flat edge scraper.
post #12 of 15
Mine is discolored too, but I do think of it as just nicely seasoned. In fact, I have another stone that's only been used a few times and is much cleaner looking, but I find myself always reaching for the discolored one because the pizza comes out so much better on it!
post #13 of 15
I love my pampered chef stone - I use it at least once a week - chicken nuggets, biscuits, many things I bake - they all go on the pizza stone. Black and splotchy - shiny with baked in oil. It's perfect! I scrape and will use water only - NEVER soap. I was thinking last night how awesome the stone was because you don't really have a pot to clean. Just cool, scrape and put it away.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Damiarayne View Post
Mine started out like that, but now it is a beautiful black shiny color almost like cast iron. I have never been shy about getting it wet to clean it, but only when it is completely cooled off, and of course never with soap, just hot water and a flat edge scraper.
thats how mine is too. its practically non stick
post #15 of 15
mine's pretty much completely black.
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