How to Season Stoneware

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Seasoning your stoneware to perfection is a tedious process, but is well worth it in the long run to do it right. Follow these simple instructions and you will achieve a beautifully seasoned, non-stick piece of stoneware that will last a lifetime.

  • When you remove your piece of stoneware from its packaging, you will be tempted to wash it and use it. Stop right there! First drizzle a little vegetable oil or spread vegetable shortening on to the cooking surface of the stoneware. Remember that seasoning is a time-consuming process.

  • The best and quickest way to get stoneware seasoned to perfection is to just keep it in your oven while you bake things on a regular basis. After each session of baking, spread another layer of oil or shortening and return to the oven for safe keeping.

  • After approximately 5 baking sessions at an average of 350 degrees, you should notice a definite darkening of the stoneware.

  • When the piece of stoneware has darkened at least 3 times its original shade, it should be seasoned enough to use without baked goods sticking.

  • To wash, just rinse with a soapy washcloth. Directions tell you never to wash with soap and water. However, a soapy washcloth is not soap and water. Never submerse the stoneware in a sink full of water. Occasionally, season your stoneware again by drizzling oil or spreading shortening and baking it in a low-temp oven (300 degrees) for a few hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you occasionally experience a baked good that gets stuck or leaves residue on your stoneware, simply cover area with a damp wash cloth for a few hours. The residue should come right of after being softened.

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