How to Use a Pizza Stone
Pizza is one of those meals that both adults and kids love. Probably it's so popular thanks to variety of topping which gives everyone a chance to chose those ones that are the best, or because of the thin dough with crust. All in all, eating pizza once in a while is one of those pleasures that any person should treat him or herself to. If you have a huge family or if you are planning to save some money or you are just suspicious about the conditions in which pizza is made in diners and restaurants, you can make pizza at home.
If you go to a nice place to eat pizza, you'll see that pizza is usually made in stone ovens. That's because baking pizza in oven wouldn't make it crusty and authentic. Don't be devastated if you can't afford to buy yourself a special stone oven (well, who can?), you can make perfect pizza at home in the oven but with the help of pizza stone.
Pizza stones are made from shamot stone, they are not exclusively for pizza, you can use these stones for regular baking, just make the recipes are appropriate for cooking on stone. The main principle of these stones is that is collects heat rather fast and it releases it slowly.
flour for powdering the surface of pizza stone;
parchment paper (instead of flour)
- Place a pizza stone on the grill on the lowest level of your oven.
- Turn on the oven and set the heat at 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200degrees Celsius) and leave the stone there for 1 hour.
- Within this time, turn off the oven and place your pizza right on the stone. Don't worry about this process as pizza stones are usually sold with special shovel. Place parchment paper or sprinkle flour all over the surface of the pizza stone if you wish to simplify the process of its cleaning.
- Keep pizza on the pizza stone in the oven for 10 to 20 minutes (depending on the amount of topping that you used).
Don't preheat the oven
Always place pizza stone into cold oven and hit it only when the stone is inside.
Don't use cleaning solutions
Use clear water to clean the stone, if you don't want it to get too dirty, use parchment paper to cover it. Never wash the stone in dishwasher. Use a wet cloth to wash it.
Don't cut anything on pizza stone
You will damage the stone and it's not the cheapest kitchen utensil at all.
Pizza stone is one of those fancy kitchen tricks that can help your pizza stand out from any other homemade pizza. As you can see, you don't need to attend any special courses to learn how to use stones for cooking. These guys are sure not that cheap, but the taste and the crust of the pizza that you make using this device is whole different. Follow these simple instructions, clean pizza stone carefully and all your friends and family will sure appreciate your pizza cooking talent.
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