Learn how to clean and season stoneware so each piece will last for many years of cooking and baking.
Cooking on stoneware has been a staple in my kitchen for many years now. I rely on them for a natural, no-fuss way to make the best pizza, for one dish meals, desserts and snacks.
This post contains affiliate links: I am grateful to be able to bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items; in most cases I will receive a very small referral commission at no added cost you. Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to keep blogging and it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!
See Disclosure, Terms and Conditions for more information. Thank you for supporting Rocky Hedge Farm.
Why Use Stoneware
Toxic Free: There are several reasons that I choose to use stoneware. First and foremost, it is toxic free as long as it is made with clay that is lead free. It can be used at high temperatures without concern of what could possibly be leached into the food that is being prepared.
When purchasing, I only purchase from reputables companies that tests and meets or exceeds all regulations and is food-contact safe. I will list several options below for where to find quality pieces.
Heats Evenly: Stoneware heats evenly and then retains the heat, resulting in even baking. The superior heat retention makes it perfect for oven-to-table serving, keeping food warm for meals.
Durable and Long Lasting: Much like cast iron skillets, stoneware is meant to last for many years. When cared for properly, these are pieces that can be handed down through generations.
How to Season Stoneware
If you have purchased a brand new piece of stoneware, rinse in warm water, then towel dry. Then, give it a light coat of either coconut oil or lard. Both are a high fat that remains stable at high temperatures and this why I choose to use them to season my stoneware.
Never use aerosol nonstick spray. Once a nonstick spray is used, it creates a sticky buildup that can not be removed.
Much like cast iron skillets, the best way to season stoneware is to begin using it by baking higher fat recipes. The fat will help to start developing the layer of seasoning that is needed to prevent food from sticking.
As stoneware is used, it will develop a natural nonstick surface. The color will also change, which is a good thing. The dark color is a sign of a very well seasoned piece of stoneware.
How to Clean Stoneware
When it is time to clean stoneware, the number one thing to remember is to not use soap! I know it may seem odd, but just like cast iron skillets, the soap will strip away the non-stick finish.
After the stone has cooled from being used, it should not be placed into the dishwasher to be cleaned. All stoneware should be washed by hand using warm water. If food is stuck, the best little tool to use to scrap it off is the nylon pan scrapers.
How to Deep Clean Any Stoneware in 4 Easy Steps
If you have food buildup on your stone, you can deep clean it using the following method. (Source)
- Allow the stone to cool to room temperature.
- Scrape off dried-on food with a nylon scraper or a kitchen brush.
- Prepare a baking soda paste by mixing ½ cup baking soda with 3 tbsp water, spread on the stoneware, and let stand for 10–15 minutes.
- Scrape off any paste, rinse in warm water, and dry before storing.
- If this process strips away the seasoning of the stoneware, go through the steps to re-season it.
How to Prevent Breaking Stoneware
- Never put hot stoneware in water or pour water into or onto it. Always allow the stoneware to cool before cleaning.
- Avoid stacking stoneware pieces if possible. Mine are stored on top of each other, but I am extremely cautious in handling each piece.
- Stoneware is heat resistant to 450 degrees. Therefore, using at highter temperatures could result in a piece breaking.
- Do not use chipped or damaged stoneware.
Where to Purchase Stoneware Bakeware
Stoneware and bakeware is not exactly what I would consider cheap. But, the quality and benefits are worth the cost to me. Over time, I have slowly built up the collection I have.
Here are several ways that you can purchase quality pieces to start your own collection.
- Amazon: While not all stoneware options are available on Amazon, there is several options available.
- Pampered Chef: You can find the entire selection online and have it shipped directly to your home.
- Thrifted: I have seen several pieces at thrift shops and even yard sales. I would definetly recommend that you look it over carefully for possible cracks or a sticky feeling. The only issue with purchasing used is that you don’t know how it may have been cared for by the previous owners.
- Ebay: This is great source for finding some of the older pieces of stoneware that are no longer sold, like the muffin/cupcake pan.
In our kitchen, I love using quality heirloom pieces that will last for generations. They are beautiful to use, and while they may be a bit of an investment, I look forward to making them an heirloom to pass on to the next generation.
Thanks so much for stopping by Rocky Hedge Farm!