The Uses, Ability, and Look of Soapstone
Soapstone offers three major benefits: heat retention, acid resistance and absorption resistance/non-porosity. These properties enable soapstone to be used as sinks, countertops, floors, hearths, stoves and more.
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that is composed primarily of talc, with varying amounts of chlorite, pyroxenes, micas, amphiboles, carbonates, and other minerals. Because it is composed primarily of talc it is usually very soft. It is dense, so almost non-porous but it also is soft on the surface so might scratch easy. Periodically applying mineral oil or olive oil will get rid of the scratches. When cleaned with non-abrasive cloth or sponge combined with diluted soap in water It will clean almost perfect. You can also use pastry brush and rock salt.
Soapstone is typically gray, bluish, green, or brown in color, often variegated. Soapstone is dense, without pores, does not stain, and repels water, it is a hydrophobic stone with an absorbency of near zero. In their natural state, most soapstone's are a soft gray. When treated with mineral oil, this color can be enhanced to a darker, richer, and more uniform state. While many homeowners choose to oil soapstone to enhance its natural color and movement, this is not necessary.
Soapstone is commonly believed to have a soothing, balancing effect while creating a positive, calming energy. Soapstone is valued for it the way it helps one prepare for changes in life. It is also thought to promote truth, logic as well as rational and creative thinking.
Soapstone is one of the densest forms of stone available, The primary ingredients which form or soapstone are magnesium, mineral talc amongst others. It is dense, so almost non-porous but it also is soft on the surface so might scratch easily. Periodically applying mineral oil or olive oil will get rid of the scratches. When cleaned with non-abrasive cloth or sponge combined with diluted soap in water It will clean almost perfectly. You can also use pastry brush and rock salt.
Soapstone cookware is extremely versatile so it can be used on the stove, grill, induction cooktops, electric cooktops or in the oven. Only precaution is not to put cold or room temperature water on hot soapstone cookware as it might crack.
Not to mention slick and sharp contemporary looks where matt grey is gorgeously complemented by shiny copper handles adding utility and grace.
The advantages Of using soapstone cookware:
Healthy for skin, fights sun burns and irritation.
Good for the digestive system.
These Brazilian Soapstone Semi-pressure Cookers are quite amazing. They don't actually reach high levels of pressure, but simply slightly elevate the pressure. Their slow and even heat maintain the elevated pressure allowing food to cook a bit faster. The lid does not lock, and it can actually be opened at any time. The weight of the lid is what keeps it down, and a small opening on the knob handle releases the excess pressure, causing the small stone weight to "dance" when cooking. The pots are handcrafted from a single block of natural, non-toxic Brazilian soapstone and its thick and dense walls lets them maintain an even cooking temperature. This one has a capacity of 3 qt, and is 12 inches long from handle to handle, 9.63 inches wide, and 7.13 high including the lid knob, and are perfect for making beans. So check out a soapstone piece today to get one of your own!