Why Home Chefs and Pros Alike Love Stoneware

Stoneware has been used for cooking and baking for literally millennia. If you need proof that it's superlative for your culinary needs, its longevity is certainly convincing. Of course, today's kind has made a few advances -- but, believe it or not, not that many. This clay-based material is a champion in the kitchen.

What Is Stoneware?

It refers to place settings, cookware and countertop accessories made of a special blend of ceramic, earthenware and minerals.

  • Stoneware plays nicely with other materials, so you may find pieces that include wood, pewter, glass or even precious metals.
  • Professional cooks like it for its even heating and heat retention. Home chefs enjoy its bold color retention over time.
  • Treat it with care. While it stands up to heat, it may crack or chip easily if you ding it against harder surfaces.

Get The Benefits in Your Kitchen

Despite it occasionally being a more delicate choice, it has enough benefits that it's still one of the most popular kitchen choices in the world.

  • It heats evenly. If you're baking a casserole or a cake in the oven, you can rest easy that the center and the edges will heat at the same rate.
  • Note that the edges of nearly anything in the oven tend to brown first, due to being most exposed to heat, but your centers will come out of the oven clean.
  • It retains heat, too. This helps eliminate cooking times, keeps food temperate when you pull it out of the oven and prepare to serve, plus supports the even cooking capacity.
  • Roasts come out beautifully, because of the bakeware's ability to retain heat evenly.
  • Stoneware is known for holding color nicely. Many pieces available today are painted in bright hues or exciting patterns.

Caring is Fast and Easy

Season it just like you would season anything else, but care for it a little differently.

  • Use oil and heat to coat dishes, pans or bakeware. Salt won't hurt it, either.
  • When it's time to wash it, let it cool down and put it in the dishwasher on the top rack without detergent.
  • Detergent can embed itself and alter the taste of the food you cook in it later.

Pick up a few dishes for your home. Next time you make a casserole, you'll be glad to have this timeless dish at hand.

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