Help! Did I Ruin My Pizza Stone?

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Q: I think I ruined my beloved pizza stone! HELP! Last week I made a summer strawberry and rhubarb pie and it overflowed onto my pizza stone. I was unable to scrape the hardened, burned-to-a crisp pie filling off the stone, so I soaked it in warm water and dishwasher powder (eep, I know! even as i was doing it, I was thinking this is a terrible idea — pizza stones are porous).

Well not only is the black grime still there, but the stone is seeping out a white film of soap. How can I bring my pizza stone back to life and get rid of the soapy residue AND the crusted pie filling?

Sent by Maggie

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Editor: Maggie, yikes! Our sympathies — and we're going to toss this right out to the readers. Have you ever confronted a pizza stone problem like this one? How did you clean it? Or do you think Maggie should just start over with a new stone?

 

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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