Stoneware products are made from natural clay ingredients that are designed to conduct heat more evenly and effectively than other types of bakeware. The product line includes muffin pans, baking stones, casserole dishes and loaf pans. Your stoneware products will naturally season themselves over time with repeated use. However, the manufacturer recommends a few quick steps to ensure that your stoneware develops its nonstick surface.
It is very important to care for your stoneware in the proper manner. Stoneware, which is made of natural clay that has been kiln fired at more than 2000 degrees, needs special care and cleaning to maintain. Our good quality stoneware will heat and cook evenly. Here is how to care for and season your stoneware.
How to Season your New Stoneware
1) Wash your stoneware thoroughly with hot water and a scrub brush or sponge. The manufacturer does not recommend using soap–just a good scrub with hot water. Never wash your stoneware in the dishwasher.
2) Dry well with a clean kitchen towel.
3) Spray or brush a light coat of vegetable oil on the interior of the stoneware. Use just enough oil to coat the surface.
4) Place food in the stoneware and cook your recipe as normal. After a few uses, the stoneware will naturally season as the vegetable oil interacts with the surface during cooking.
5) Repeat Step 3 for the first five times that you use your stoneware. After several uses, the stoneware will develop a nonstick surface and you will no longer need to coat the interior with vegetable oil.
6) Repeat the seasoning process if food starts sticking to the surface of your stoneware or if your family tries to help you by cleaning it with soap.
Now that your stoneware is well seasoned, you can now place your food in the stoneware and cook your recipe as normal. After a few uses, the stoneware will naturally season as the vegetable oil interacts with the surface during cooking.process, but is well worth it in the long run to do it right. Follow these simple instructions and you will achieve a beautifully seasoned, non-stick piece of stoneware that will last a lifetime.