How to Cure a Pizza Baking Stone

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Seasoning a pizza baking stone for making great homemade pizza can be done with oil, an oven, and by baking some other easy recipes on the stone. Prep the stone for restaurant tasting pizza with advice from a professional cook in this free video on curing a pizza baking stone.

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Hi I am Morgan McColum, and I am from Twilight Pizza Bistro in Camas, Washington, and I am here today to teach you how to season a pizza stone. This pizza stone that I have here is from my home, and it is very well seasoned. The kind that you will find in the store, and you can find pizza stones almost anywhere. You can find them at any big mega store that sells kitchen supplies. And it will look very pale. It will have like kind of a pale plate color, and it is very porous. And that is the good thing about this stoneware. It heats very evenly. It becomes, once it is well seasoned like this one that you see it becomes almost like a cast iron pan. Nothing will stick to it, and it is very low maintenance, and great to cook with. So that is what we are going to do today I am going to show you how to go about seasoning a pizza stone, and here is how you do it. So what you are going to need is obviously you are going to need to buy a pizza stone from the store. You know they are all within a five, ten dollar range of each other. It really doesn't matter, a pizza stone, is a pizza stone, is a pizza stone. So get your raw pizza stone, you are going to need some oil. It really doesn't matter what kind of oil you use. You can even use Crisco if you happen to have some around, and you don't have anything else handy. I would stay away from butter, because butter tends to burn. But just a good oil, olive oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil whatever you want to use is fine. Either a paper towel or just a big kitchen towel. It really doesn't matter, whatever you have handy we will work with that. You want to preheat your oven to anywhere between three seventy-five, and four twenty-five. What we are going to do is we are going to take this oil, and we are just going to very lightly coat it. If you are using green ware instead of this well seasoned pizza stone it would soak in pretty darn good. So then just kind of spread that oil all over the stone, all around the edges. Make sure that you get the entire surface. Throw it in that already preheated oven for about forty minutes, and you are going to start the process. Now it is not going to look like this when you take it out the first time. The first time you take it out it will be kind of a lighter golden brown, it will start to color up. As you use it more and more it will continue to color up until it gets almost black like this. Don't worry about it being super seasoned before you use it the first time. The first time you use it bake something on it that is not pizza. Bake something greasy like chocolate chip cookies or some croissants. Just bake something with a high oil content on it, and that will just start that seasoning process even more. The more you use it the better it gets. So once you have done that three or four times either with oil or with some kind of a greasy baked product you are ready to go. And that is all there is to it. Throw it in the oven, keep using it, and it will just get better and better.

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