This natural quarried stone is softer than most other naturally occurring minerals. Although it is soft, soapstone is a extremely dense and non-porous stone; denser than marble, slate, limestone and even granite. Because soapstone is impenetrable, it will not allow anything to permeate the surface. Other stones, including granite, have a propensity to soil; this is why soapstone (Steatite) is widely used as chemistry laboratory tops and acid baths.
The largest supply of soapstone is quarried in Brazil and India, with a small quarry in Virginia, USA. The colors, movement and veining in soapstone vary depending on where the stone is quarried.
There are many kinds of pizza stones but soapstone has the longest track record as it has been used for cooking for many centuries.
A soapstone pizza stone has great thermal properties that mimic the effects of cooking a pizza in a masonry oven. In fact a soapstone pizza stone has significantly more thermal mass than metal or glass pans. The non-porous nature of the stone results in a crisper crust.
Soapstone pizza stones have no taste. This makes them perfect for cooking.
Soapstone pizza stones are incredibly versatile and not only can be used in an oven but on a grill as well.
You can use your soapstone pizza stone to grill any kind of food, from fresh vegetables, to fish, to chicken.
Soapstone pizza stones can also be used to cook pastries and other pre-baked products.
Soapstone pizza stones can be used as a hot plate for keeping food fresh and warm on the dinner table.
Soapstone pizza stones retain cold as well as heat. You can put them in the freezer and use them as a dessert platter to keep fruit and desserts cool for extended periods of time.
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