A Cook Slab is a stone surface for cooking and warming food. Our custom designed carrying handle works in conjunction with the Cook Slab for easy use even when the stone is hot. Simply insert the handle into the holes drilled into the surface of the stone to safely move your Cook Slab to and from the heat source of your choice. The wooden block will not interfere with the use of the handle.
Every Cook Slab purchase comes with a free Cook Slab Accessory Bundle! This bundle includes:
- Cook Slab carrying handle, custom designed and handmade in Massachusetts
- Wooden trivet block to use as a resting surface for a hot Cook Slab
- Wire brush for cleaning your Cook Slab between uses
Learn more about our top tips and detailed information about cooking on stone on our Cook Slab Guidelines page.
Cook Slabs will absorb some oils and juices from your food. They can be cleaned with the wire brush and re-used. Please note, if your stone absorbs a lot of oil with initial use it may smoke upon heating for subsequent uses.
Cook Slabs begin as reclaimed granite that American Stonecraft hand-harvests because the blocks are small and the shapes are too irregular. Artisans craft each Cook Slab from scratch in our Massachusetts studio using custom built tools. The stone is transformed from a dull rock into a functional tool for your kitchen with gorgeously subtle color. This color is not the result of an outside product or lacquer, but of skilled grinding and honing to a low grit. Both sides of each Cook Slab are smoothed and appropriate for cooking.
SIZING & COLOR
Our Cook Slabs vary in shape and color. Based on the size you choose, we will select a beautiful Cook Slab from our current stock at the time of your order. We’ve shown the full range of colors and shapes in the product images to show you the possibilities available at any one time.
Small – Approx. 12” x 5”, one set of holes
Medium – Approx. 14” x 5”, choose from holes on one side or both sides
Large – Approx. 17” x 6”, two sets of holes
X-Large – Approx. 17” x 8”, two sets of holes
Variations in color tone should be expected. Cook Slabs, because they are expected to stain, are not finished to the same level of detail. They also have minor, pocks, scratches, chips (particularly around the handle holes), and other superficial flaws.
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.