I have been gifted the most amazing piece of new cookware, a 4-quart pot, thanks to my brother, Bud.
These pots are a natural product made from soapstone!
When I received it, the coloring was a light gray, both inside and out.
These pots do need to be seasoned before using. This was quite a long procedure, but well worth the time.
1. Apply a light coat of vegetable oil over interior and exterior.
2. Fill with room temperature water.
3. Place in oven.
4. Set oven to 350°
5. Bake for 2 hours.
6. Turn oven off, leave pot on oven rack to completely cool.
7. Repeat entire process again.
I did this a third time skipping the applying of the vegetable oil because it came out a little tacky from getting a little too much oil on it. Doing it the third time, was smart as the pot came out without being tacky feeling. The pot came out a very dark charcoal color once seasoned.
Soapstone holds the heat for hours, especially when filled to the brim with water. This process took 3 days, yes, 3 days!
Soapstone also shouldn't be subjected to heat extremes...always start the pot on medium low to get it heated and let it cool down before washing it.
Soapstone doesn't alter the taste of food, heats evenly, and is about as non-stick as you can get without using Teflon! I have read that it will keep cold foods cold for a long time, too.
The first thing I made in it was hamburger vegetable soup. This will be my new soup pot!
Oh, and the cleanup was simple, once the pot has cooled just wash it in hot water and soap.
The only drawback to soapstone is you have to be strong...this pot weighs almost 14 lbs. empty!
I am thinking of getting a soapstone pizza stone soon...
Thank you, my sweet little brother...love you!