How to Season a Baking Stone

by Pauline Gill

Items you will need

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • High-fat foods

A baking stone is a cook's delight because it distributes the heat evenly. The result is nicely browned and evenly cooked biscuits, pizza, cookies and scones. Your baking stone is not like other baking ware. You don't toss it in the dishwasher, and you don't try to scrub off the natural browning of the stoneware. The more you use your baking stone, the darker it will turn and the better it will cook that next batch of cookies.

Step 1

Wash the baking stone. Use hot water to wash the baking stone before using it. Do not use dish detergent or any soap on it.

Step 2

Spray the stone with vegetable spray. You can also brush vegetable oil on the stone. Be careful not to saturate the stone because you will be cooking with it.

Step 3

Follow your recipe and place the items on the stone. Following the recipe, preheat the oven and bake the items as directed. The vegetable oil or spray will help season the stone. Use the vegetable spray or oil for two to three times that you bake, until the stone begins to darken.

Step 4

Bake high-fat items. If you do not want to use vegetable spray or oil, bake some high-fat items for the first two to three times that you use the stone. Good choices are biscuits, crescent rolls or peanut butter cookies.

Step 5

Follow the recipe. After you decide what to bake, follow the recipe and bake the items on the stone. The stone will begin to darken as you cook more high-fat foods.

Tips

  • Scrap off dried-on food with a scraper designed for stones.

    Always use a hand mitt when handling a hot stone.

Warnings

  • Do not put your baking stone in the dishwasher.

    Do not put your baking stone under the broiler.

    Avoid extreme temperature changes.

Photo Credits

  • ClickArt by Broderbund

About the Author

Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.