Since I started cooking using pizza stones I never really considered how to totally destroy one.
I have destroyed one - it was my first Ooni 3 pizza stone. It was the morning of 28 December 2017 and I was removing the soot off my pizza stone but as I walked back to the oven the ice got me and I flew backward and landed on my back.
I didn't drop the pizza stone, in fact, I tried to keep it up in the air as I hit the floor, but such was the thud that the reverberation knocked the stone and unfortunately it split. I ended up in the A&E room in the hospital.
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This week I found another way to totally destroy a stone without smashing it. But it wasn't me this time.
My family made a pizza and it stuck to the stone inside the oven, nearly the whole pizza burnt onto the stone. I was busy filming the garlic bread video inside so I hadn't noticed what was going on.
Burning pizza on the stone is fine, it happens - we all do it. I said I'd clear it up - I know what to do.
But, they wanted to help and ended up doing all the things you never should do to clean your pizza stone. The main rules are:
- Don't get your stone wet.
- Don't use liquid detergent to clean the stone.
- Don't use a wet stone in the oven on high heat - it will most likely crack.
If you do wet your stone - that's fine you can still use it again but you will need to dry it off slowly at a low temperature in the oven - about 120c for an hour or two or until it is completely dried out.
These are the things you should do to clean your stone:
- Do turn the gas on full to burn off what is left behind.
- Do use a brush to sweep off all the debris.
- Do turn the pizza stone over every time you bake if you are able to.
The worst thing to do is to use liquid detergent or any other cleaner on your stone. The stone is porous and the chemicals will seep inside the stone and affect your pizza cook.
My family used all three - a hose-pipe, wire wool, and liquid detergent. There were bubbles popping out of that stone for 3 days!!
Even in this situation, I think the stone can be saved. I will need to totally soak all the detergent out of the stone then let it dry for a week in the sun, and for the final dry out, I'll place it in the oven on a low temperature for a few hours.
Later in the week, I made a Thai Chicken and Cheddar Cheese Pizza. This was a really tasty pizza. The flavours of the Thai sauce on the chicken and the cheese seeped together to create a spicy and delicious pizza.
For this cook, I used the Ooni Koda Pizza Oven and I turned the pizza with the Roccbox Turning Peel. I did have to use the stone from the Ooni 3 Pizza Oven (the one I bought after I fell when I destroyed the original)! Luckily, the stone from the Ooni 3 is the same size and depth as the Ooni Koda's stone so I'm good to go!
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