I received this pizza stone to review. I love stoneware pans to bake in and used to use them often. But while we were in the military they seemed to always get lost, or broke that I stopped replacing them until Basil and Grain.
I jumped at the chance to review this stone, because I am now in a home where I feel the love to cook again. Our last place I just hate the kitchen and didn't like to cook like I did when we lived in Texas. Now I can't wait to bake and cook more.
If you read me when I posted before you know that I love to make bread and my family loves to eat it. I have two favorite methods of baking bread, one is in or on stoneware like this Basil and Grain stone, and two in a cast iron pan.
When you get this stone one thing you are going to notice that is different from the stones you get at walmart and that is the weight. This stone is heavy. But solid now, know that with shipping breaks can happen. I didn't have any as my stone was well packaged with padding on all sides. They also included an instruction sheet that let you know how to condition your stone.
You wipe it down with a damp rag, don't soak it as you pain will take forever to dry. Once you wipe it down to get the dust from transit and manufacturing off you put in your oven. A cold oven and then you crank your temp as high as it will go and leave it there for about 2 hours.
Now when I did mine, I forgot that the oven was on until about 4 hours later and my husband turned it off. My pan is fine. There were no cracks, I did have a little discoloring but that is normal with stone.
Then I heated rolls on it for dinner, It crisped up the bottoms so nicely and heated them so evenly they were yummy and perfect for our dinner.
Then I cooked a frozen pizza on it. I am going to tell you something I was lazy and didn't wait for the oven to preheat. The stone worked well and I had minimal sticking. Now we put a second pizza in the oven on the stone after it was up to temp and it stuck a little more but it didn't shock the stone and the stone worked perfectly as it was suppose too. But the pizzas those cheap little ones came out perfect.
This is the second pizza cooked on the stone. Might be cheap pizza but it was good.
The stone is well made to allow the heat to get all around it and it heats everything beautifully. And clean up is a breeze. For me personally I haven't had to use more than a warm rag, I always place it back in the oven between use and normally I leave it in there when making other items for me it works. I don't see my oven cycle to keep hot as much as normal. And my stone is always ready when I need it.
I love Basil and Grain, I really can't wait to see what other kitchen products and hopefully stone pans they have. As I feel they really support me as a cook.
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I did receive the pizza stone for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.