Not all stones are created equal.  

If a stone says, pizza stone on the packaging, it means to use the stone for the sole purpose of cooking a pizza. 

If the stone says round  or rectangular stone, it is okay to cook raw meat or other items on the stone.

I cook all types of meat on my stones and cleaning up is so easy; clean with hot water–no soap.  It’s the hot water that cleans your cookware not soaps.  

Stoneware and frozen foods.  

Placing a frozen pizza on a stone and placing it in a hot oven causes thermal shock and will cause the stone to break.

When purchasing a frozen pizza, nuggets or fries, take them out of freezer for about 5-10 minutes.  Then place the pizza on the stone and place the stone in a COLD oven, then turn the oven on.  This allows the stoneware, the oven, and the frozen food to heat up at the same time.  It is also recommended you choose the stone to fix the amount of food you are cooking.  A large bar pan for one small piece of food could cause thermal shock too. For one small item of food, I would use a small bar pan.

“To get the most for your buck”, choose stones that are guaranteed for microwave use.

 When company drops in unexpectedly, it’s nice to be able to cook a cake in the microwave and be ready to serve it in about 15 minutes.  It’s also great to be able to cook a pork tenderloin in about 8 minutes per pound or 6 pork chops in 10 minutes without heating up the house in the summer. A covered stone is like having a crock pot on steroids.  It’s a great addition to everyone’s kitchen.

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