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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(Image: Maggie via email)