Vermont Marble, Granite, Slate & Soapstone Company

Soapstone Cook Book

Introduction to Cooking with Soapstone

Cooking with soapstone is great fun and it’s easy! Soapstone is the only natural stone known to man to be able to withstand drastic temperature fluctuations without cracking or breaking. Other natural stones such as Marble and Granite have mineral characteristics that are very hard and non conducive to drastic and sudden temperature changes. The talc and magnesium components of Soapstone give it a pliability not found in other natural stones. Soapstone is also more dense than granite and marble. This attribute gives it the ability to absorb a given temperature and retain it for longer periods of time. For instance, if you are cooking a stew in a soapstone pot, the pot can be removed from the heat source 15-30 minutes before the stew is quite finished as it will continue to cook in the heated soapstone vessel. This also means that food can be served in heated soapstone and the meal will remain hot for an extended period of time “naturally”. As we say with our Pizza Stones… Hot to the last slice!

Soapstone Recipes

2 sticks (1/2 lb.) butter
1 white onion, diced small
2 stalks celery , diced small
3 small carrots , diced small
2 Tbsp. sherry
2 cups flour
2 qts. chicken stock
12 oz wild rice
2 cups heavy whipping cream
Salt & pepper to taste

In a heavy cooking pot, melt butter. Add onions, celery, and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent. Add sherry and stir. Add flour and stir until flour is dissolved and beginning to cook. Add 1 qt of the chicken stock. Stir until thick. Slowly add the remaining 1 qt stock. Stir. Add the wild rice and simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly add the whipping cream, stir and cook until heated through. Serve. Makes 11 servings.

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Vermont Marble, Granite, Slate and Soapstone Co.
P.O. Box 723 1565 Main Street, Castleton, Vermont 05735
Ph: 802.468.8800 Fx: 802.419.8233