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Oven Steel 101

Oven Steel 101

Getting ready for your oven upgrade

Getting ready for your oven upgrade

What to know before cooking with your Misen Oven Steel

Congratulations on your new Oven Steel! This simple tool is going to help your oven do its job better by producing more even browning and stabilizing hot spots and temperature swings. Plus, it’ll last a lifetime.

But you’ll need to take a few important steps before you start cooking with it.

Seasoning

A chef lifts a Misen Oven Steel from a countertop with both hands, with a second Oven Steel visible in the background.

The Misen Oven Steel requires a one-time seasoning, which is easy.

Seasoning your Oven Steel will prevent it from rusting, and also create a safe surface for direct cooking.

A chef uses a paper towel to wipe a thin layer of seasoning wax on a Misen Oven Steel. A tin of Misen Carbon Steel Seasoning Wax is visible.

Supplies

A clean towel or paper towels

Seasoning wax or high-smoke-point oil, such as canola, grapeseed, soybean, or vegetable oil

Instructions

1.Preheat your oven to 400° F.

2.Hand-wash your Oven Steel using soap and hot water. Avoid submerging it, which can cause rusting.

3.Dry it thoroughly, again to prevent rusting.

4.Using the towel or paper towel, apply a thin layer of the seasoning wax or oil to the oven steel, rubbing it evenly all over, continuing until you’ve soaked up the excess. There shouldn’t be any visible wax or oil remaining. The oven steel should look dry—and not shiny, greasy, or wet.

5.Place the oven steel directly on the oven rack and bake for 1 hour.

6.Turn the oven off, and let the Oven Steel cool inside.

Cooking

Hands place a roast chicken on a low oven rack atop a Misen Oven Steel. Two more Oven Steels are visible on the top rack beneath pans of vegetables.

Cooking With Your Oven Steel

green checkKeep Oven Steel in oven 24/7.

green checkAllow extra time for preheating so both the oven and steel come up to temperature — add 10 minutes for one oven steel, 15 for two, and 20 for four.

green checkUse modular configurations to your advantage.

green checkPut on the grill for a flat surface.

red xAvoid using as stovetop griddle (the Oven Steel does not have a grease trap).

Modular Configurations

Suggested Modular Configurations

An oven interior with two racks. The lower rack has single Misen Oven Steel covering only the right side of the rack.

One Steel for Focused Heat

A single steel creates a localized heat battery inside your oven.

An oven interior with two racks. The lower and the upper racks each have a Misen Oven Steel placed on them.

One Steel Above, One Steel Below

Heat from above and below, for even browning top-to-bottom.

An oven interior with two racks. The lower rack has two Misen Oven Steels placed side by side.

Two Steels Side By Side

Best configuration for using as a pizza steel, plus maximum surface area for regular use.

Cleaning

A chef scrubs a Misen Oven Steel with a sponge and foaming dish soap in a kitchen sink.

Cleaning Your Oven Steel

Unless you cook food directly on your oven steel—using it for pizza or flatbreads, or as a flat-top surface for your grill—you won’t need to worry about cleaning it very often.

green checkWipe or scrape away any food mess.

green checkIf needed, hand wash in warm, soapy water and towel-dry right away.

green checkIf washed with soap, re-apply a little oil and place in a warm oven to touch up the seasoning.

red xAvoid dishwasher—this will strip your seasoning and may cause rusting.

red xAvoid using as stovetop griddle (the Oven Steel does not have a grease trap).

Important Notes

Important Things To Know About the Oven Steel

Does the Oven Steel change color or appearance?

Your Oven Steel will take on new colors and marks as you cook on it. This is a natural result of regular use. Every oven steel is unique, and no matter how it appears, it’ll produce great results, and last a lifetime.

A chef lifts a Misen Oven Steel from a countertop with both hands, with a second Oven Steel visible in the background.

The Misen Oven Steel requires a one-time seasoning, which is easy.

Seasoning your Oven Steel will prevent it from rusting, and also create a safe surface for direct cooking.

A chef uses a paper towel to wipe a thin layer of seasoning wax on a Misen Oven Steel. A tin of Misen Carbon Steel Seasoning Wax is visible.

Supplies

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A clean towel or paper towels

Seasoning wax or high-smoke-point oil, such as canola, grapeseed, soybean, or vegetable oil

Instructions

1.Preheat your oven to 400° F.

2.Hand-wash your Oven Steel using soap and hot water. Avoid submerging it, which can cause rusting.

3.Dry it thoroughly, again to prevent rusting.

4.Using the towel or paper towel, apply a thin layer of the seasoning wax or oil to the oven steel, rubbing it evenly all over, continuing until you’ve soaked up the excess. There shouldn’t be any visible wax or oil remaining. The oven steel should look dry—and not shiny, greasy, or wet.

5.Place the oven steel directly on the oven rack and bake for 1 hour.

6.Turn the oven off, and let the Oven Steel cool inside.

Hands place a roast chicken on a low oven rack atop a Misen Oven Steel. Two more Oven Steels are visible on the top rack beneath pans of vegetables.

Cooking With Your Oven Steel

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green checkKeep Oven Steel in oven 24/7.

green checkAllow extra time for preheating so both the oven and steel come up to temperature — add 10 minutes for one oven steel, 15 for two, and 20 for four.

green checkUse modular configurations to your advantage.

green checkPut on the grill for a flat surface.

red xAvoid using as stovetop griddle (the Oven Steel does not have a grease trap).

Suggested Modular Configurations

An oven interior with two racks. The lower rack has single Misen Oven Steel covering only the right side of the rack.

One Steel for
Focused Heat

A single steel creates a localized heat battery inside your oven.

An oven interior with two racks. The lower and the upper racks each have a Misen Oven Steel placed on them.

One Steel Above,
One Steel Below

Heat from above and below, for even browning top-to-bottom.

An oven interior with two racks. The lower rack has two Misen Oven Steels placed side by side.

Two Steels
Side By Side

Best configuration for using as a pizza steel, plus maximum surface area for regular use.

A chef scrubs a Misen Oven Steel with a sponge and foaming dish soap in a kitchen sink.

Cleaning Your Oven Steel

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Unless you cook food directly on your oven steel—using it for pizza or flatbreads, or as a flat-top surface for your grill—you won’t need to worry about cleaning it very often.

green checkWipe or scrape away any food mess.

green checkIf needed, hand wash in warm, soapy water and towel-dry right away.

green checkIf washed with soap, re-apply a little oil and place in a warm oven to touch up the seasoning.

red xAvoid dishwasher—this will strip your seasoning and may cause rusting.

red xAvoid using as stovetop griddle (the Oven Steel does not have a grease trap).

Important Things To Know About the Oven Steel

Does the Oven Steel change color or appearance?

Your Oven Steel will take on new colors and marks as you cook on it. This is a natural result of regular use. Every oven steel is unique, and no matter how it appears, it’ll produce great results, and last a lifetime.