BENEFITS OF A COOKING STONE:
- Excellent at searing a crust on cuts of meat
- Great for delicate items that could fall through grill grates: kebabs, fish, or bacon
- Radiates heat evenly and prevents formation of hot or cold patches
- Combined with a handle, can be used to serve or plate food at the table
- Will caramelize and brown marinated chicken
- Will retain heat and can be used as a warming tray for items such as pots, pans, casseroles, or baked items. For this use, we recommend wrapping the stone in a linen towel to prevent others from accidentally touching the hot stone.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:
- Heat stone from room temperature
- Heat your stone on the grill, in an oven, or over a fire
- Heat above the heat source, such as on a grill or inside an oven, not resting on an electric coil or gas range
- To determine if Cooking Stone is hot enough, splash water and confirm that it sizzles rapidly and intensely
- How long will it stay hot? In our testing, a Cooking Stone that came out of the oven at 467° was about 315° 6 minutes later after cooking and flipping 9 pieces of shrimp
- Clean with grill scrape or use a pumice block and damp cotton cloth on a hot stone
- Avoid submerging in soap as it may linger in the porous stone
- Not recommended for dishwasher cleaning
- Ensure your stone is completely dry (even the middle can absorb water) prior to use
- Cooking Stones will stain (unlike our Food Slabs). If staining is a concern, consider a piece of foil between food & stone
- Surface is porous but will sanitize each time it is heated to suitable temperature
- HIGH QUALITY: Our Cooking Stones are 3/4 inch thick; they are designed to last, and are able to stand the heat. Place them in the oven, on a grill or over a camp fire. Sure to be appreciated by everyday bread artisans and grill masters alike. These rectangular stones are up to the challenge.
- EASE OF USE: We recognize that ovens, grills and camp fires come in all sizes, and so do our Cooking Stones. Our stones also come with holes drilled through them to work with our Handle & Resting Kit (add on available). These kits offer a unique design that allows a way to lift and transport your hot stone.
- VERSATILE: These stones can remain in the oven all year long to help maintain steady oven temperature. Safely place baking trays in the oven right on the preheated stone. Use them on the grill, simply place the cooking stone directly on top of the grill grates. Cooking Stones can also be used over a camp fire, suspended above. Warning: Uneven/undistributed temperature changes can damage the stone.
- AFFORDABLE: Our stones are smooth, and conduct heat as well as steel but with a far lower cost & carbon footprint. With enough mass to radiate and maintain a consistent temperature, the Cooking Stone is an ideal tool for cooking and serving meat, bread, and pizza. The hot stone will maintain its temperature to sear large thick cuts of cool meat or a large pizza resting on flour. These stones become nearly non-stick above temperatures of 325°.
- SUSTAINABLE: American Stonecraft partners with working farms to sustainably harvest their fresh rocks and transform them into functional heirlooms. Our product protects your family from cooking on potentially dangerous corroding metals common on the grates and metals of mass-produced gas grills. Natural stone is a safer alternative. The Cooking Stone is made from 100% resin free igneous rock (not recycled countertop granite, like some competitors).
- WEIGHT & COLOR: Cooking Stones weigh approximately 10 lbs per square foot of size. Our three standard sizes are made from a dark gray stone. The other available sizes are made with either dark gray stone or from a range natural earth tone colored stones. Select your desired size from the menu of available options. Stones will darken with use regardless of its original color.
- GRILL SIZING NOTE: For use on a grill, select a Cooking Stone about 1” smaller than the borders of your grill. This will allow for proper grease and residue to flow into the grill box and keep the outside of your grill tidy and clean.
Handles and Blocks are also both made in our shop in Lowell, Massachusetts. Each Cooking Stone under 120 sq. in. (such as 12” x 8” = 96”) will accept one handle at a single connection point. Cooking Stones 120 sq. in. or greater will accept two handles.
Single Handle Kit:
One Stainless Steel Cooking Stone Handle plus two 4″x6″x1.5″ Wooden Trivet Blocks
Double Handle Kit:
Two Stainless Steel Cooking Stone Handles plus four 4″x6″x1.5″ Wooden Trivet Blocks
(Handles and Blocks are both made in our shop in Lowell, Massachusetts)
Cooking Stones are not honed to the same level of polishing detail because of the expected staining from cooking. They also feature minor pocks (holes), scratches, chips (particularly around the handle holes and outer borders), and other superficial flaws and fissures. These are because they are natural, resin-free, and because those visual elements do not affect its performance. Any fissures or faults have been carefully evaluated with great care to ensure the longevity of your Cooking Stone. Variations in color tone should be expected.
THE FARM–TO–TABLE STORY
About 8,000 years ago, icy glaciers pushed boulders into the soil of America’s Northeast. As a result, a fresh crop of rocks ‘grow’ each spring when the winter’s freeze-thaw cycles force buried stones upward, a process called granular convection.
In the 1890s, before the railroads opened up rock-free farmlands in other parts of the United States, farmers removing stones from their fields piled them into what eventually became 215,000 miles of stonewalls, a distance greater than from the earth to the moon!
These stonewalls became the folklore of poets like Robert Frost, and the landscape of the Northeast United States. Because clearing rocks is never complete, American Stonecraft partners with working farms to sustainably harvest their fresh rocks and transform them into functional heirlooms. Not only does this endeavor share geology that has never been seen before, but it helps support working farms, preserving open space and protecting the stonewalls that are so iconic to this region.
Like many of us, the founder of American Stonecraft, Gerald Croteau, fell in love with these archaeological stone ruins as a youth. However, he became an economist and founded American Stonecraft in his late 20s after seeing the inside of a fieldstone for the first time. He was amazed at what he had overlooked for so long, and realized that there was a sustainable supply of these rocks that farmers could share at their farmstands. Diamond tools (being a relatively modern invention) revealed amazing colors, patterns, and geologies in the humble New England farm-gathered fieldstone that he wanted to help share with others!
Gerald rolled up his sleeves, spent several years as an independent craftsman touring at local arts and crafts shows, and taught himself how to make a number of fascinating products. We are now a small team of artisans, and each piece is signed by its maker(s), and produced under Gerald’s direct supervision.