Terracotta Pot: Odd Smells? + What is a Pizza Stone?
I'm looking for an alterantive to the pizza stones sold at my local grocery store. I bought one of those Unglazed Terracotta from Italy pot dishes you put a pot on from Ace Hardware. When I spent some time soaking and rinsing it, it gave off a pretty strong odor. It wasn't a bad odor, but it's not something I'm used to. I the smell could be used as an air fresher if needed. Just to test it out, I baked something at 550F on it. The smell transfered from the pot to the food so my food smells like the pot. Is this normal?
As for the regular pizza stone, how is that made? What kind of material is used to make it? Where can I buy that material besides a cooking store? Is that the same material they use in real Italian high heat ovens? The pizza stone box tells me nothing about the stone itself other then it's a "Pizza Stone".