How to clean a pizza stone for crispy bases every time

How to clean a pizza stone for crispy bases every time

04/24/2021

Like hot tubs and sourdough starter, last summer was all about pizza ovens, which is understandable considering our social plans were limited to the garden.

The weather’s getting warmer again, and as restrictions begin to ease we’ll probably be doing plenty more entertaining.

And just like with those hot tubs, there’s some prep you’ll need to do on that pizza oven before you can give guests (and yourself) the full experience.

If your pizza stone – where the pies get their crispy base – has been out of practice for a while, or you just fancy a refresh, here’s how to get it clean again.

Pizza stones are somewhat delicate, so you can’t just pop it in the dishwasher or slather on the soap.

This way is gentle, but will give you a nice clean stone for crispy bases every time.

Step one

First up, you’ll want to get rid of anything stuck on the stone.

Make sure to leave it to cool first (a sudden temperature change could crack it), then get yourself a plastic spatula or spoon. It must be plastic to avoid damage.

Scrape off any bits that easily come off.

Step two

Make a paste with some baking soda and water, and use a soft, damp cloth in a circular motion on any stains or burnt-on food left.

You don’t need much of the paste, and it should be just abrasive enough to remove stains while being easily wiped away with another damp cloth.

Step three

If you’ve got really stubborn debris, put your stone into a cold oven, and leave it in there, putting your temperature settings to high (around 250C).

Once it’s hot, you should be able to scrape off anything else on there.

Remember, there will be some stains that just don’t lift. This is normal, so avoid scrubbing too hard.

Whatever you do, stay away from harsh cleaning agents, very hot water, or anything soapy. You’ll be making pizzas just like an Italian nonna in no time.

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