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My Pizza Stone Tastes Funny and How to Wash It

I absolutely love my baking stone (I have a square pizza stone similar to this one because it is more versatile than a round one.) I use it all the time and for pretty much everything I put in the oven. ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .) Which I learned is a mistake. The food I bake on my pizza stone is starting to taste weird. The stone smells and smokes when I put it in a hot oven. Why? Because baking and pizza stones are porous. That’s how they do their job of creating perfectly baked bread and pizza crusts. But the porous stone can also absorb and trap the fats and oils in the food baked on top of it. Over time, the oil heats and releases into the lovely seasoning you created by baking on the stone and makes your pizza or bread taste awful and/or fill your kitchen with eye watering smoke. Bleach! In other words, I should have used a metal baking sheet to make oven baked French fries and not my baking stone. Oops. Save this tutorial to

Watch the Lazy Budget Chef on Good Day Columbus this Sunday!


I have exciting news! Not only is Sunday, November9th my birthday (happy birthday to me and all that) but I will be doing a Lazy Budget Chef cooking segment on Good Day Columbus on Fox 28 (WTTE)!


It's getting cold outside and if you don't want to leave the house,  I will be making a slow cooker recipe you can prep in the morning and it will be ready by dinner time.  

My segment will run Sunday morning at 9:45 AM on Fox 28. If you live in Columbus be sure to tune in or set your DVRs to cheer me on and hopefully I won't make a giant fool out of myself. Or if I do, Good Day Columbus gets more entertaining 5 minutes of TV than they originally planned.

If you don't live in Columbus, Ohio you can still watch me on the Good Day Columbus live stream here.

Now for the biggest question of all, what recipe should I make? A new one or one of your Lazy Budget Chef favorites?

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