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Offline juniorballoon

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Cleaning the pizza stone
« on: May 28, 2013, 04:51:46 PM »
I have a feeling I'm going get  alot of "why would you even think of cleaning a pizza stone?" answers, but I need to clean my stone. I had a pizza stick to my stone. Crust was moist and very thin and the toppings leaked through and burnt badly. Now the pizza I make on it take on a burnt flavor. Normally I only use hot water to clean, but that is not removing the burnt flavor. My stone is a Mullite mix from California Pizza Stones.

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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2013, 05:10:34 PM »
I just leave it in the oven during a clean cycle. Open some windows and turn on the fan, its gonna get smokey depending on how much will be burning off of it.
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2013, 06:23:09 PM »
I dumped a pie on my stone a while back. I have a 4" putty knife/scraper that I used to get the carbonized topping off the stone. It took off all the burnt leftovers very easily. I ran the stove at 550 for about 30 minutes, it did smell a little. But after that, was A OK. Don't use any soap or cleaner on the stone. It will absorb the chemicals and will impart the flavor and smell of the cleaner into the crust.

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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2013, 06:32:16 PM »
Just use a plastic scraper.
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2013, 06:56:32 PM »
Egg flipper works pretty good.
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2013, 07:17:01 PM »
crumble an aluminum foil into a small ball and rub the stone with it .
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2013, 07:37:52 PM »
I have used my metal dough scraper. It works really well. I also agree with the post stating not to use soap.

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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2013, 11:27:53 AM »
I should have mentioned that I would never use chemicals. I have used a metal spatula and removed burnt material. The burnt taste seems to have leached into the stone. Would seasoning it like you would a cast iron pan be reasonable? Coat with peanut oil and then cook the hell out of it?

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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2013, 11:39:41 AM »
I should have mentioned that I would never use chemicals. I have used a metal spatula and removed burnt material. The burnt taste seems to have leached into the stone. Would seasoning it like you would a cast iron pan be reasonable? Coat with peanut oil and then cook the hell out of it?

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jb
Have you tried a couple heat cycles with nothing on the stone yet jb?
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2013, 05:10:27 PM »
I haven't tried a couple. Last time I made pizza I let it warm up for an hour before cooking pies. This was after the burning incident and some scraping. Pies came out burnt tasting. I'l try a good soak in hot water and then cook the heck out of it.

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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2013, 08:18:02 PM »
Kaaaa   RACK!!!
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2013, 01:17:16 PM »
:) Not if the California Pizza Stone people can be believed.

http://www.californiapizzastones.com/pizza/files/pizza-stones-That-Do-Not-Thermal-Shock.php

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Dang junior!!  :o   I sure would have thought that soaking it in water would be a recipe for disaster. Go for it. I still think it just needs heated and scraped a couple times though. But try a stiff bristle brush on that burnt area while it's soaking. That just might do the trick(hopefully ;))
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2013, 03:08:36 PM »
crumble an aluminum foil into a small ball and rub the stone with it .

Give it a try...
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2013, 03:25:48 PM »
crumble an aluminum foil into a small ball and rub the stone with it .
That is a good tip and actually gave it a try yesterday. I accidentally cooked the water all out on a pan that had 2 tea bags in it...they were chared stuck on that thing and the foil trick worked perfectly.
Thanks Bert! :chef:
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #15 on: May 31, 2013, 06:18:13 PM »
You are welcome Bob, we have a saying back home "need" is the mother of invention
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #16 on: May 31, 2013, 06:39:50 PM »
Give it a try...

I will give it a go. I haven't had time to try anything yet.

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jb

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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2013, 12:57:55 PM »
I second the suggestion to leave it in the oven during a clean cycle. Every time I've done this my stone(cordierite)comes out like brand new. No soaking required.

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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2013, 01:04:08 PM »
Hey jb,  are you still trying to clean this damn stone man? !!   >:D
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Re: Cleaning the pizza stone
« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2013, 08:26:11 PM »
I have had great success with the clean cycle on my oven. I even cleaned three at once by standing them on edge on the floor of the oven. My stones are cordite.