Soapstone Cookware

What is Soapstone

Soapstone is the common name for a rock called Steatite. This hard material is naturally occurring, formed from the composition of talc and other minerals during rock metamorphosis. It is just softer than granite or marble, similar to marble in appearance, and very smooth to the touch.

Suggested uses

♦ Pots – For stovetop, oven or grill. Excellent for stews, risotto, slow cooking, stir-fries, home fries, fondues, and for serving.

Soapstone Cooking Pot

♦ Griddles – Thinner ones for oven, and serving. Thicker ones for stovetop, oven, grill, and serving. Great for hot or cold hors d’oeuvres, broiled fish, pizza, tabletop cooking of bite-size foods like shrimp and veggies, and for serving.

Soapstone Griddles

Use Recommendations

♦ Potholders and Trivets – Always use potholders when handling or moving a hot vessel, and use a heavy trivet on your table and counters. Remind your guests to use care near hot surfaces.

♦ Heat Diffuser – Always use a diffuser on electric cooktops with open elements. Furthermore, we recommend using a heat diffuser on all cooktops to help prevent thermal shock. (Heat diffusers)

♦ Avoid Thermal Shock – Do not subject soapstone to sudden hot or cold temperature changes. Never heat an empty pot. Use only low-to-medium heat on glass (ceramic) stovetops. Allow it to cool on its own before washing. Avoid high heat and frying for the first few uses. When cooling soapstone for cold-serving, make sure it’s at room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator.

♦ Cure Before Using – This further hardens the soapstone and makes it longer lasting and even more beautiful.

♦ Weight – Though soapstone is naturally heavy, it is manageable. To deal with any issues of weight, you might remove the heavy lid before moving a pot, fill it in place on the stove, and remove some of the cooked food before moving it off the stove.

How to Cure New Soapstone Cookware

♦ Before curing, wash with a sponge or brush in hot water, and allow to dry thoroughly.

♦ To begin curing, amply grease all surfaces of your soapstone cookware with your choice of cooking oil. (Use care in handling the oiled utensil.)

♦ Set it in a warm location for at least 24 hours. The oil will be absorbed and the stone will become almost dry.

♦ After that drying time, fill the pot about 3/4 with water, put on the stove at low setting, and gradually up to medium or medium-high to bring the water to a boil. Allow the water to boil uncovered for 30 minutes.

♦ Then let the water return to room temperature on its own before draining.

♦ For a longer lasting, deeper curing, repeat the greasing, drying, heating and cooling.

♦ During the first few uses, turn up the heat only gradually.

How to Cure New Lids & Griddles

♦ Wash with a sponge or brush in hot water only, and allow to dry thoroughly.

♦ Amply grease all sides of the soapstone lid or griddle, with your choice of cooking oil.

♦ Set in a warm location for at least 24 hours. The oil will be absorbed and the stone will become almost dry.

♦ After that drying time, place it in a cool oven, bring the heat to 350°F, leave it at this setting for 15 minutes, then turn off the oven and allow the lid or griddle to cool on its own.

♦ For a longer lasting, deeper curing, repeat the greasing, drying, heating and cooling.

How to Clean Soapstone

♦ Allow the soapstone to cool to room temperature on its own before cleaning.

♦ Generally, rinsing with a sponge and hot water is sufficient to clean soapstone.

♦ You will usually only need to use detergent when frying or sauténg some foods. Reapply a little oil after using detergent, and after you cook a liquid.

♦ Avoid using abrasive products.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 62 other followers