Using and Caring for the BakePlate
The cooking surface is nickel-free stainless steel that has been melted and sprayed onto the cast aluminum body of the BakePlate. The BakePlate has a light coat of vegetable oil is applied to the cooking surface. You will probably notice a little smoke the first time it is used.
While the cooking surface is very hard, it is also porous. Like a baking stone, oils and other liquids can stain the cooking surface. This will not affect the performance of the BakePlate, and typically we recommend just brushing the surface with a wire brush. Burnt residue can be scraped off the surface with a metal scraper then brushed. A brush and scraper combination like the Winco BR-500 seems to work well, and is long enough to brush off the BakePlate in between and after cooking pizzas (I usually put a 15" X 21" baking sheet on the rack below the BakePlate, before I brush it off, to keep the crumbs from dropping to the floor of the oven).
If you want to wash your BakePlate, it can be hand-washed by following this procedure:
1. Place the BakePlate on the counter. Remember the cooking surface of the BakePlate is very hard, and will scratch granite, marble, stainless steel, etc.. The base is aluminum and much softer. Pre-heat your oven to 200°F.
2. Scrape and brush as much residue as you can off the cooking surface, using a metal scraper or spatula and a wire brush.
3. Place the BakePlate in a sink, wet the baking surface and apply a mall amount of mild dishwashing soap if needed. Too much or too strong of soap will strip the seasoning off the BakePlate.
4. Scrub the baking surface with a stiff bristled scrub brush.
5. Rinse the baking surface until there is no sign of soap. Place the Bakeplate in the pre-heated oven for 45 minutes to dry.
6. Blot some vegetable oil on a terry cloth rag. Don't use anything you want to keep, the rag is not going to survive this process.
7. Using your oven gloves, take the BakePlate out of the oven, place it on a heat resistant surface and rub the vegetable oil onto the cooking surface until it looks uniform. A light sheen is what you're looking for, not a drenching. Too little oil is better than too much. The terrycloth will shred from the roughness and some of the seasoning will come up on the rag, that's okay.
8. Use your wire brush to remove the pieces of terrycloth from the baking surface. Wipe the aluminum edges with a paper towel. The next time you use the BakePlate you'll get a little smoke.