A Cook Slab is a reclaimed-stone cooking surface for your Gas Grill or Oven. An optional accessory kit will allow you to lift the hot stone and transport it to the table. The stones are sawn with diamond blades and ground with wet diamond pads of varying size diamonds. Then, we create the square shape by splitting it in a guillotine. When the stone arrives, the natural crystals visible from the edges will glisten as they reflect the light.
The Cook Slab is an ideal tool for cooking and serving meat, bread, and pizza with enough mass to radiate and maintain a consistent temperature. The hot stone will maintain temperature to sear large thick cuts of cool meat or a large pizza resting on flour. It is also smooth on top, enabling rapid heat conductivity. After searing meat such as beef, the Cook Slab will become nearly non-stick.
The surface also 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 lower carbon, safer alternative.The Cook Slab is made from 100% resin free igneous rock crystals. Don’t take chances by diverted countertop slabs that were impregnated with resin at their quarry. American Stonecraft instead starts with reclaimed rocks that we inspect and saw, including drilling our handle receiving points, and forming and welding our stainless steel handles in Lowell, Massachusetts. You can see actual small holes and gaps in the crystal matrix of our stone, because it has never been filled with resins.
Unlike the man-made ceramic “stone” common in our mother’s kitchen from many years ago, this is an ACTUAL rock, so it was created at much higher temperatures in nature, and is far far more durable (and thicker!) than the delicate ceramic baking stones of yore. Marinated meats will sear and retain their juices by cooking on a stone, and the hot stone will help transform the marinade to a delicious reduction, such as a grilled chicken marinade of yogurt and dill. Unlike iron and steel, there are also no metallic flavors transferred into your food.
Your existing grill will hold your stone at the optimal height above the propane flames. With ¾” of stone to hold the proper temperature, your substantial thermal mass will protect food from the flare-ups and overcooking common with an open flame. It will also effectively sear the meat’s exterior by maintaining the high heat needed to quickly liquify collagen in the meat tissue.
However, it is possibly most compelling to customers who want the lowest-carbon method to cook meat and vegetables via a massive, heavy surface, without the environmental impact of a steel foundry. Our surface has a tiny fraction of the embodied energy footprint of even recycled steel. Because any surface with mass radiates at an extremely consistent thermal energy, cooking on a “Plancha” in South America or “Patthar ka Gosht” in India has been popular since the dawn of humanity.
Each cooking slab under 120 square inches (such as 12” x 8” = 96”) will accept one handle at a single connection point. Cook Slabs 120 sq. in. or greater will accept two handles and either Accessory Kit is available as a separate add-on for those wishing to transport the stone easily, even while hot. We advise against using on a gas or electric range, as uneven heating could crack a stone. If heating over an open flame, heat the stone evenly, or use a lifting device to position it correctly.
Our custom designed and handmade stainless steel handle works in conjunction with the Cook Slab for easy transporting to the dinner party. 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.
Cook Slabs, being thick and heavy, will collect residue from your cooking process and this may lead to odors upon subsequent re-heating in the oven. Therefore, most of our customers use it on the grill rather than inside the oven. This is also why although the handle is useful, it is not necessary and therefore sold separately.
Giving a Cook Slab as a gift? Consider accessorizing your gift basket with our optional Steel Handle and Wooden Trivet accessory kits. Other possible add ons if you do not already have them might include a grill or oven glove, a heavy duty wire brush / blade scraper combination tool, an infrared thermometer, and a pumice cleaning block.
SIZING & COLOR
Our Cook Slabs are rectangles and vary in dimensions and color. You will select your desired size from the menu of available options. The color will be slightly dark earth tone similar to the colors in the photos. This is a functional rather than aesthetic product, so color selection is unavailable.
While we initially produced our Cooking Stone at only ½” thickness, after years of testing we’ve decided that the thermal mass and nearly indestructible ¾” thickness provides the most value. The best part, is that shipping is still free on orders over $40. Based on the size you choose, we will select a 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 off the possibilities that await your forever cooking stone.
Select the Length x Width of your 3/4″ thick Grill Stone (actual dimension is +/- 1/2″).
If measuring your grill, please leave a 1″ margin around the edge of your stone to ensure that grease drains inside your grill.
The weight of each stone is approximately 10 lbs per 12” x 12” of Cook Slab.
Single Handle Kit:
One Stainless Steel Cook Slab Handle plus two 4″x6″x1.5″ Wooden Trivet Blocks
(both made in our shop, Lowell, Massachusetts)
Double Handle Kit:
Two Stainless Steel Cook Slab Handles plus four 4″x6″x1.5″ Wooden Trivet Blocks
(both made in our shop, Lowell, Massachusetts)
Variations in color tone should be expected. Cook Slabs, because they are expected to stain, are not finished to the same level of detail and are finished on one side. They also feature minor pocks, scratches, chips (particularly around the handle holes), and other superficial flaws. These are because we do not add any resin to the stone, and because any fissures or faults have been carefully evaluated with great care and detail to the longevity of the stone.
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.