A Cooking Stone is a natural stone cooking surface for your Gas Grill or Oven. It is an ideal tool for cooking and serving meat, bread, and pizza because it has a high thermal mass. An optional accessory kit includes a handle to lift the hot stone and wooden blocks to set it down on at the dining table.
Cooking Stones are smooth, enabling rapid heat conductivity from stone to food. The stone will also protect food from the flare-ups and overcooking so common to an open flame. Marinated meats will reduce to a delicious reduction, such as a grilled chicken marinade of yogurt and dill. Our Cooking Stone will become nearly non-stick above temperatures of 325 degrees. Your existing grill will hold the stone at the optimal height above the propane flames.
Natural stone features low embodied energy making it suitable for environmentally conscious chefs. However, unlike the man-made ceramic “stone” common in kitchens of yore, this is an actual igneous stone, so it was created at much higher temperatures in nature, and is far far more durable than the common (and delicate!) ceramic baking stones.
With a Cooking Stone there are also no metallic flavors transferred into your food. Our natural stone Cooking Stone protects your family from cooking on potentially dangerous corroding metals common on the grates and metals of mass-produced gas grills. The Cooking Stone is made from 100% resin-free igneous rock (NOT recycled countertop granite). Unlike countertop slabs and competitors that impregnate their stones with resin, American Stonecraft starts with completely natural stone that we inspect and saw ourselves. We cut and grind with wet diamond tooling. Then, we create the size and shape with a guillotine press and drill the receiving holes.
These stones can remain in the oven all year long for a more even cooking experience. Safely place baking trays in the oven right on the preheated stone. These stones can also be used on the grill, simply place the cooking stone directly on top of the grill grates. Cooking Stones can also be used suspended above a camp fire. WARNING: Uneven/undistributed temperature changes can damage the stone. Stones need to be placed on a cold oven/grill and preheat with the grill/oven/fire.
Cooking on a “Plancha” in South America or dishes like “Patthar ka Gosht” in India have been popular since humanity’s early days and makes an excellent gift idea for people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
The Accessory Kit is available as a separate add-on for those wishing to transport the stone to the table, even while hot. Our custom designed and handmade stainless steel handle works in conjunction with the Cooking Stone for ease in transporting to the dinner party. Simply insert the handle into the holes drilled into the surface of the stone to safely move your Cooking Stone to and from the heat source to the table. The wooden block will not interfere with the use of the handle.
BENEFITS OF A COOKING STONE:
- Great for delicate items that would fall through grill grates such as kebabs, fish, or bacon
- Suitable for searing a crust on thick cuts of meat
- Prevents flames from burning, charring, or drying out food
- A Cooking Stone radiates its heat evenly and prevents formation of hot or cold patches
- Will retain heat and can be used as a warming tray for items such as pots, pans, casseroles, or baked items, especially wrapped in a kitchen towel
- Combined with a handle, can be used to serve or plate food at the table
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:
- Ensure your stone is completely dry (even the middle can absorb water) prior to use
- Heat stone from room temperature on the grill, in an oven, or over a fire.
- Heat well above the heat source or inside an oven.
- Do not heat on an electric coil style stovetop range. Do not heat the stone unevenly, such as one part of the stone, but not other parts of the stone.
- To determine if cooking stone is to temperature, splash water and confirm that it evaporates. Water will sizzle off a stone over 250 degrees.
- 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.
- Cooking Stones will stain, unlike our Food Slabs. If staining is a concern, consider a piece of foil between food and stone
- Clean with grill scrape
Note: We advise against heating a Cooking Stone on a gas or electric stovetop range, as uneven heating is what could crack a stone. Grills and ovens are no problem however. If heating over an open flame, heat the stone evenly, or use a lifting device to position it correctly. Cooking Stones may collect residue from your cooking process and lead to odors upon subsequent re-heating. Therefore we recommend considering a separate Cooking Stone for the Grill and for the Oven.
SIZING & COLOR
We offer three standard sizes made exclusively from our dark gray stone, and a wide range of additional unique sizes from a variety of approximately three colors to best match your grill or oven, or tableside experience.
Cooking Stones are approximately 10 lbs per 12” x 12” of size and feature a range dark earth tone colors. Select your desired size from the menu of available options. The stone is chosen for longevity rather than aesthetics because the stone will darken with use regardless of its original color.
For use on a grill, select a Cooking Stone about 1” smaller than the edges 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.
Each Cooking Stone under 120 square inches (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, because they are expected to stain, are not finished to the same level of polishing detail as other products and are finished on only one side. They also feature minor pocks (holes), scratches, chips (particularly around the handle holes and outer borders), and other superficial flaws. These are due to this being a natural product and does not affect its performance, and because most importantly, we do not add any resin to the stone. 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.