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    Claire Wu
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Preparing Your Salt Stones for Cooking

Chef preparing a Himalayan Salt stone for cooking

Buying your Himalayan salt stone set is the first step to an all new kitchen experience but before you get cooking you need to properly prepare it.

Different types of preparation

How you prepare your Himalayan salt stone set depends on the type of dish that you will be serving.

Warm Dishes

If you are planning on cooking a dish in the oven, on the barbecue, or by stovetop, then to prepare your Himalayan salt stones there is only one word that you need to know: slowly.

Begin by placing your salt stones in the middle of the oven rack, and slowly increase the temperature to 200°F (100°C). Leave your Himalayan salt stone set at that temperature for 10 minutes before increasing the temperature to 450°F (230°C).

Once your Himalayan salt stones are heated you can either place food directly on top of them in the oven, or remove the salt stones for cooking on the stove top, BBQ, or even on the kitchen table. Watch the full video guide to preparing your Himalayan salt stones in the oven for a step

by step explanation.

Cold dishes

Serving cold dishes like fruit, sushi, or ice cream requires different temperatures. For sushi you probably want your salt stone to be about room temperature, so there is very little preparation required. For fruit with a salty twist, either room temperature or a fridge cooled Himalayan salt stone will do. For ice cream the best way to prepare your Himalayan salt stone is by leaving it in the freezer for a few hours until it is frigid.

Cleaning your Himalayan salt stone set

The most important step to preparing your Himalayan salt stone is properly cleaning it after every use.

After cooking your dish let the salt stone cool naturally. This is an important step. If you put a hot Himalayan salt stone directly in contact with cold water it could cause it to crack. One your Himalayan salt stone set feels cool to the touch, then you can start cleaning.

When you clean your Himalayan salt stone set it is very important that you do not use the dishwasher, and you do not use any soap or harsh chemicals. Instead you’re going to use nothing but water, and a sponge, dishrag or scouring pad to rinse off the surface until all the food scraps are removed. Depending on what you have cooked your Himalayan salt stone may change colour. Don’t worry, this is normal.

Enjoying your Himalayan salt stone for years to come requires proper cleaning and maintenance. Contact the experts at My Gourmet Cooking [KF1] with any cleaning or preparation questions you may have. We’re happy to help.
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    Claire Wu
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