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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a comprehensive FAQ for soapstone cookware that covers various aspects users commonly inquire about:

What is Soapstone Cookware?

Of all the natural stone varieties available in the world, soapstone is one of the most unique. This soft stone material used by our ancestors for cooking for thousands of years and has been a staple of ancient civilization homes where soapstone began its entry in the form of wood-burning stone stoves. Soapstone is the common name for steatite, a metamorphous rock formed of at least 50% talc, the mineral that gives soapstone their signature soft feel. That soft, dry-bar-soap texture is what inspired the name “soapstone.”

Is soapstone safe for cooking?

Soapstone Cookware has the unique ability to regulate the temperature of the food cooking. It is a natural material from planet earth, which means that it is non-toxic and eco-friendly and 100% safe to cook.

How do I Care for my Soapstone Cookware?

Soapstone is naturally a lighter color and patinas with age. Most people who love Soapstone Cookware love its “aged” look, but if you do not, you can treat soapstone cookware regularly with any kind of Organic neutral oil to darken the soapstone cookware and keep it looking like new for generations. The frequency of these natural treatments depends on your personal aesthetic preferences and can range from every few months to only once a year.

Is Soapstone Cookware cooktop safe?

It is perfectly safe to use Soapstone Cookware on all kinds of Stove top like Gas, Wood or Charcoal Fire, Grill and on any cooktop range like Electric, Coil although using it on Induction cooktop requires a heat adapter plate.

Is the soapstone cookware dishwasher safe?

They are not dishwasher friendly. Since dishwasher cycle takes longer than usual to finish the cleaning process, the chemicals from the dish tablets can seep into the stone by ripping off the oils from the inside out making it brittle and leading to leaks.

How does the thermal conductivity of soapstone compare to that of other materials commonly used in cookware, like stainless steel or cast iron?

The thermal conductivity of soapstone is around 7 times lower than that of steel, making it an excellent insulator and allowing food to stay warm longer.In contrast, stainless steel has higher thermal conductivity, allowing it to heat up quickly and cools down quickly, suitable for cooking that requires temperature changes. Cast iron offers a middle ground with good heat retention and somewhat ideal for high-heat searing.

How long does soapstone cookware last, and is it a worthwhile investment compared to other types of cookware?

According to the Soapstone Cookware Association, the average lifespan of a well-maintained soapstone pot or pan can be up to 75 years or more.

Does the soapstone absorb colors from foods, like a red tint from tomato sauce or turmeric powder from curries that will permanently stain the stone?

Since the soapstone cookware is seasoned with oil and heat before being used, the non-stick finish protects the surface from staining and from surface pores which prevents the food from sticking to the inside of the pot.

how to clean soapstone cookware?

Cleaning soapstone cookware properly is essential to keep its longevity and performance.

Can soapstone cookware be used in the oven, or is it only suitable for stovetop cooking?

Soapstone cookware is indeed safe for oven use, for baking, slow-roasting, and slow-cooking. To prevent thermal shock, it’s crucial not to preheat soapstone cookware empty. Always ensure it is filled with ingredients before placing it in an oven starting from room temperature. This method allows the soapstone to gradually adapt to the rising heat, preventing the risk of cracking or damage due to sudden temperature changes. Moreover, it’s important to note that soapstone cookware should not be used under the broiler mode. 

How sustainable is soapstone cookware?

Soapstone is a natural, quarried stone, making it more sustainable than synthetic materials. It’s durable and long-lasting, reducing the need for frequent replacements.Soapstone cookware, with its durability and energy efficiency, represents a sustainable choice for those looking to minimize their environmental impact through their cooking practices.

How should soapstone cookware be cleaned and maintained to ensure its longevity?

We’ve crafted a series of informative articles on our blog, designed to guide you through the proper seasoning, care, and maintenance of soapstone pots. These resources are aimed at enhancing your understanding and ensuring the longevity of your soapstone cookware. We highly recommend exploring these articles for comprehensive insights and best practices. 


Is it safe to cook food in soapstone cookware? Are there any health concerns related to it?

Soapstone pots and pans has been used for centuries in various cultures for cooking and heating due to its excellent thermal properties, including its ability to retain heat for extended periods and distribute it evenly and is considered safe for cooking when handled correctly and cared for properly. Its natural properties make it an excellent choice for those concerned about chemical exposure from non-stick coatings or metal leaching.


What are some unique dishes or recipes that are particularly well-suited for cooking with soapstone?

Soapstone cookware is well-suited for a range of dishes, especially those that benefit from slow, gentle cooking or need to stay warm for an extended period.

Some unique dishes that are particularly well-suited with soapstone cooking are Slow-Cooked Stews and Soups, Baking Bread,Roasting Vegetables ,Slow-Roasted Meats,Rice Dishes,Baking Casseroles, Making Confit & Simmering Sauces.

How is soapstone cookware different from other types of cookware in terms of its composition?

Soapstone, scientifically known as steatite, is a metamorphic rock composed primarily of talc, chlorite, dolomite, and magnesite. This composition gives it several characteristics that set it apart from other cookware materials like stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum, and ceramic. Click to know more about soapstone composition.

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