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SeeDisney
12-10-2005, 09:57 PM
I've been doing this for about a month now. Finally bought in to buying two stones, a rectangle dish and a pizza stone.

But I wash it in the dishwasher. I take the easy button out.

Is it OK?

soccerchick
12-10-2005, 10:47 PM
I honestly don't know for sure. When I bought my stones, the girl told me NOT to use detergent or soap because it would "adhere" to the stone some how and make your food taste yucky. She said just to use water and that brown scrubber thing. Other than that, I doubt that it would make the stone break or anything like that. I've had my rectangle stone for close to five years now. It is "well seasoned" and works just great.

You may want to call your PC consultant or check out their website. They may have a FAQ or care guidelines there to help.

Dislifer
12-10-2005, 11:14 PM
I was also told not to wash the stone. Do you like yours??? When I cook a frozen pizza on it, I notice I have to cook it longer than what the directions tell me to.

jaycns
12-11-2005, 12:29 AM
Do NOT wash your stone...we had a PC stone that we washed after baking chicken on it (I grossed out at the thought of just scraping it with the little brown thing since it was meat)...I washed it in the sink and YUCK...the next time I made fishsticks they had the distinct flavor of Joy dishwashing soap!

I have never washed any of my other PC stones with soap and have had them for about 2 years. Mine are well seasoned now and using the little brown scraper is almost as quick as just rinsing it and throwing it into the dishwasher! :)

Meezers
12-11-2005, 12:43 AM
I have washed mine with clear water only....using a green scrubby pad.

Then you have to make sure they are really...really dry before you use them again or they will crack.

bubbasmom99
12-11-2005, 04:16 AM
Everything that everyone has said is correct... you should not use soap on your stones. It will leave a taste of soap. You only need to use hot water to sanitize, and the scraper or kitchen brush to remove particles.

I do have a few customers who have issues with the "not using soap" thing, and have avoided getting stones, but everyone else swears by them once they start using them.

The uglier it looks, the better it cooks!

Joy

Stephres
12-11-2005, 07:28 AM
It is so weird not to wash something you cook with, but I remember being told not to wash mine either. I just use hot water and a scrubber. I love the way cookies turn out on it!

pattyT
12-11-2005, 07:46 AM
I have a question!

I have had them for years -
always hot water only and the scraper they give you!


? - are younot suppose to BROIL on them
I am sooooo :mad:

my favorite stone (I forget what its called - its like a sheet with a little lip to preent srips...)
I had a YUMMY looking tenderlloin on it and It cracked into 3 pieces!
:rolleyes:

Nank
12-11-2005, 08:53 AM
I think you can get a new one if it cracked. I only wash with water too. No soap and definitely not the dish washer.

TN Dreamer
12-11-2005, 09:30 AM
I was also told not to wash the stone. Do you like yours??? When I cook a frozen pizza on it, I notice I have to cook it longer than what the directions tell me to.

I agree with everyone, do not wash your stone with any detergent or in the dishwasher.When preparing frozen pizza, try placing your stone in the oven while it preheats. Makes the pizza crisper.

iNTeNSeBLue98
12-11-2005, 09:38 AM
I agree with everyone, do not wash your stone with any detergent or in the dishwasher.When preparing frozen pizza, try placing your stone in the oven while it preheats. Makes the pizza crisper.

But then you must be cautious adding the frozen pizza to the hot stone - this could lead to cracking.

I have the small bar pan that we use in the toaster oven, hardly use it. I was also instructed not to use soap and use the hottest water I can stand while wearing rubber gloves and the scraper to clean it.

pumba
12-11-2005, 11:46 AM
I wonder if we put it in the dishwasher with no soap in it.....would that work as if I was holding it in hot hot water and scrubbing it

kelleigh1
12-11-2005, 12:39 PM
Another consultant here jumping in to say you should never use soap on your stones. As others have mentioned, because it is pourous clay, the soap gets absorbed by the stone and will then be cooked back into your food.

I also wouldn't try washing it in the dishwasher without soap simply because there could be soap residue left over and if you use any of those Jet Dry type products, that could have the same effect as soap. I don't think you want to ingest that.

As for the person who broke theirs, if you still have the receipt, you should be able to exchange it. Although keep in mind that the warranty policies have changed. They used to simply accept a piece of the stone back for a full replacement for the life of the stone. Now there are no more lifetime guarantees on the stones. I'm not sure of the exact warranty as I don't have the info in front of me, but if you have your receipt, there should be a number for Pampered Chef customer service that you can call and they can let you know if you'll be able to replace it.

Patty: I'll have to look into the broiling situation. I've used mine once or twice with the broiler, but only for a few minutes while trying to brown the top of something. I'll let you know what I find out.

TN Dreamer
12-11-2005, 02:11 PM
But then you must be cautious adding the frozen pizza to the hot stone - this could lead to cracking.

I have the small bar pan that we use in the toaster oven, hardly use it. I was also instructed not to use soap and use the hottest water I can stand while wearing rubber gloves and the scraper to clean it.

The stone I have now is about 5 years old, never had a problem with cracking. I do allow pizza to set out at room temperature for a few minutes. Before placing on stone. It works for me.

Minnie&Mickey
12-11-2005, 05:10 PM
Okay, I'm going to be the oddball here...I always wash mine in the sink with water and dishwashing liquid. I've had it for years (the flat rectangular one and the square dish) and have never noticed a soapy taste (and no one has ever complained of it either). I have never put mine in the dishwasher though. Mine are pretty well seasoned from years of use, so maybe that is why, but even in the beginning, I always washed it in the sink with liquid detergent. Now that I've said that, we will probably all keel over from soap poisoning from using soap on it! ;)

iNTeNSeBLue98
12-11-2005, 05:59 PM
The stone I have now is about 5 years old, never had a problem with cracking. I do allow pizza to set out at room temperature for a few minutes. Before placing on stone. It works for me.

I see...leaving the pizza to thaw while the stone preheats would offer protection. As with any ceramic, stone or porcelain cookware you must use care when transferring from hot to cold and vice versa-I didn't want another user to make that mistake because they read it on the DIS. :teacher:

kittychatalot
12-11-2005, 09:46 PM
Hi all- You cannot use soap on stoneware because stone is super absorbent- like a sponge. And you know how you can never completely get soap out of a sponge- same thing with your stone. It is the same reason why those of you with Granite countertops need to seal your stone once a year- it will absorb stains otherwise. Hope this helps!

shellynn24
12-11-2005, 11:09 PM
Hello all, another consultant here. I would like to add that if you feel you need to be washing your stone with something, you can srub it with baking soda once in a while. You want to let it get seasoned though, so don't use baking soda all the time. My director likes to have ugliest stone contests with her customers, it lets everyone else see what a "real" stone looks like.

umaangel00
12-12-2005, 08:50 AM
I have always used to soap and water on mine and it's fine. Strange that you are not supposed to do that.

MazdaUK
12-12-2005, 09:08 AM
I've had my stones for up to 4 years (an ex-consultant), and they were guaranteed for 3 years BUT we were told they must not go under the grill (broiler) or on the hob as this could cause them to crack.

My small bar pan seems to get greasier than others (it is very well seasoned) so DH will always wash it up with washing liquid and it hasn't tainted the food. For everything else I just use hot water and the brown scraper, dry it then leave it in the open to make sure its properly dry.

I love my stones, and DH recently broke deep dish baker AND round stone, so i have to find another consultant.

malibuconlee
12-12-2005, 09:10 AM
Sorry to go off topic, but thought I'd ask since it's a Pampered Chef thread... Does anyone have the recipe with the I think they're called chocolate truffles? I had some at a party and bought a recipe book, but it only had one of the appetisers she served in it (the pot stickers) and not the truffles. These were rolled in nuts and some in cocoa I think. Thanks.

BrinxFam
12-12-2005, 09:59 AM
Former consultant here, just wanting to say that I know not to use soap on my stoneware but I do. Actually we use a dishcloth that has been used to was dishes, wringing the soapy water out very well and washing the stoneware under very hot running water. By washing it under the running water the soap doesn't sit on the stone therefore it doesn't get "soaked up". We have done this for years and haven't tasted any soap yet.
Also, making a paste of baking soda and water, rubbing it in a circular motion onto the stoneware piece and then rinsing it well, will remove any sticky residue left by food.
Things take longer to bake on stoneware due to the density of the stone. It takes longer for the stone to "heat up" before the baking begins. Also, remember that if you bake the rising crust type of pizza, you should allow it to thaw for approx. 30 before placing it on the stone. The pizza is so dense that it might cause the stone to crack if placed directly on the stone and into the oven.

RealMickeysGirl
12-12-2005, 10:38 AM
I use baking soda and a veggetable brush on mine. I just can't use water only - just something about not actually "washing". I can wrap my brain around using baking soda instead of soap so I wash them that way. I have several pieces.

pppiglet
12-12-2005, 05:26 PM
I have 5-6 pieces of stone and never used soap on them. I do what the user above does though and use the soapy dish rag and just ring out most of the soap. I love my stones. I accidently left on on top of the stove and the burner was on low, and an hour later I was on the computer and heard a loud "crack" and went out to find my perfectly season stone cracked perfectly in 1/2! (so don't use it directly under or over flame!)

DisneyBee
12-12-2005, 09:33 PM
I'm an oddball here because I have several stones and after a few years of use and just washing with hot water and the brown scraper, I began putting mine in the dishwasher. I think they've been fine because they're so well seasoned and I've never had any problem with them absorbing the soap. A couple of my friends do the same, with no problems at all

However, that being said, I wouldn't put a brand new stone in the dishwasher, nor would use soap on it. I would imagine a new one would really absorb the soap like crazy.

bscs
12-12-2005, 10:55 PM
I use hot water and a brush on a regular bases and give it a good scrub with backing soda once in a while. :flower:

DisneyCowgirl
12-13-2005, 02:35 PM
I was also told not to wash the stone. Do you like yours??? When I cook a frozen pizza on it, I notice I have to cook it longer than what the directions tell me to.


Let your oven pre-heat longer than normal when the stone is in there. It takes the stone itself longer to heat up than it does for the air in the oven to heat up. Someone told me this about recently, and my results with the stone have been a LOT better since.