Soapstone Cookware Care Card

Soapstone Cookware
Care Card
We hope you enjoy your new soapstone cookware. Each piece
of our soapstone cookware is handcrafted from individual blocks of
natural, non-toxic soapstone in Brazil, where this method of cooking
has been used for centuries. Cooking with stone is a sustainable
way to reduce energy consumption. Because of its thickness and
density, it retains heat twice as long as conventional metal cookware,
thereby reducing cooking time. Its temperature retention allows it to
play both the role of cookware and serveware. Once you remove it
from the oven and allow it time to cool, there is no need to transition
your food to another platter or vessel before taking it to the table.
As a serving piece, it is helpful in keeping your meals warm on the
table, or cold, as you can also refrigerate the stoneware before use.
SUGGESTED USES
Pots
For use with stovetop, oven, or grill. Excellent for soups &
stews, slow cooking, stir-fries, fondues, and for serving.
Pans & Grills
For use with oven, stovetop, 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.
CURE BEFORE INITIAL USE
To prepare your soapstone pieces for life-long use in your
kitchen, you must season or cure them with oil and heat.
Once your soapstone cookware is seasoned, it will have a
smooth non-stick finish.
Curing Soapstone Pots
First, wash your soapstone pot with a sponge or brush in hot
water only and allow to dry thoroughly. To begin curing:
•Generously grease all surfaces of the soapstone with your
choice of cooking oil. Use care in handling the oiled pieces.
•Set it in a warm location for 24 hours, or until the oil is
absorbed and the stone becomes almost dry.
•After allowing the oil to absorb, fill the pot with water up
to the line of the metal band. Put on the stove at a low
setting and gradually increase to medium or medium-high
heat, slowly bringing the water to a boil. Allow the water to
boil uncovered for 30 minutes.
•Remove from heat and allow the water to return to room
temperature on its own before draining. For an even
deeper curing, repeat the process a second time.
Note: During the first few uses of your pot, turn up the heat
only gradually.
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Curing Soapstone Pans, Grills and Lids
First, wash your soapstone pan, grill, or lid with a sponge or
brush in hot water only and allow to dry thoroughly. To begin
curing:
•Generously grease all surfaces of the soapstone with your
choice of cooking oil. Use care in handling the oiled pieces.
•Set in a warm location for 24 hours, or until the oil is
absorbed and the stone becomes almost dry.
•After allowing the oil to absorb, 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 piece to cool
on its own.
•For an even deeper curing, repeat the process a second
time.
CLEANING AND CARE
Always allow soapstone to cool to room temperature on its
own before cleaning. In general, rinsing with a sponge and
hot water is sufficient to clean soapstone. Only use dish
detergent after frying or sautéing foods. Be sure to reapply a
little oil after using detergent. Lightly reapply oil after use any
time you cook a liquid. Avoid using abrasive cleaning products
and tools.
RECOMMENDATIONS
Cure Before Using
This further hardens the soapstone and makes it longer
lasting and even more beautiful.
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.
Avoid Thermal Shock
Do not subject stoneware to sudden hot or cold temperature
changes. Never heat an empty pot. When cooking on a glass
or ceramic stovetop use only low to medium heat. 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.
Copper Bands
If thermal shock or other accidental abuse causes a crack
in the stone, the beautiful copper band that encircles each
piece is intended to hold the stone together and allow for
continued use, unlike other ceramic or stone pots or pizza
stones. Always use caution when handling hot pots, pans or
grills, as the copper band and handles do get very hot.
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