Before you start cooking, soapstone cookware must be properly prepared. This treatment is carried out only in the beginning and does not need to be repeated. Follow these simple steps:
Your cookware is now ready for use.
To cure a griddle or a pizza dish, just put it back in the oven for about an hour after greasing it.
Once the treatment has been completed, the stone will change its hue from grey to charcoal black, still showing the natural streaked patterns of the stone. You may grease and heat the cookware once again if you prefer a deeper hue. Daily use and contact with food will eventually darken the stone.
The initial treatment helps condition the stone for its first use on the flame, but is no guarantee against succeeding damages due to misuse. To prevent the stone from possible cracks due to expansion and contraction, it is imperative to avoid subjecting the cookware to extreme changes in temperature.
The durability and safety of the stone depends on a simple preventive measure: AVOID THERMAL SHOCKS Always heat the cookware slowly on a low flame, always wait until it cools down to a lukewarm temperature before washing, and never place hot cookware on a cold surface. AVOID FRYING FOR THE FIRST TEN TIMES OF USE
Soapstone can be easily washed by hand or in the dishwasher without any special precaution. Though it has a natural non-stick property, soapstone is not like teflon. Should any food remains stick to the bottom, just let them soak for ten minutes in water and they can easily be removed.
Avoid sharp tools to mix and serve food, use only wooden, plastic or silicone spoons. In case of scratches, or if you want to keep the original grey color of the stone, just sand it with a fine grain sandpaper.