If you are looking to make an artisan-style pizza at home, consider using a pizza stone. A pizza stone delivers the kind of crispy, crunchy crust that you’d find at pizzerias using those giant, wood-fired ovens. In this blog, we will show you how to use a pizza stone in the proper way so as to get not only the best pizza, but to extend the life of your stone.
The first thing you’ll want to do is preheat your stone. Your stone should be hot when you place your dough in the oven. If you put dough on a cold stone and then put in the oven, it will result in a rubbery crust, and we don’t want that. So the first thing you want to do is place your stone in a cold oven and let both the oven and your stone get up to the desired temperature together. Placing a cold stone in a hot oven will lead to cracking of the stone, so make sure the stone is already in the oven before turning it on.
Transferring Pizza to Stone
Once your stone has gotten up to temperature, you’ll want to leave it in the oven, as the stone will be extremely hot. Transfer your pizza to the stone by using a pizza peel. A pizza peel allows you to easily transfer dough to and from the pizza stone. If you don’t have a peel handy, you can use the back of a cookie sheet as well. Make sure the peel has been dusted with cornmeal or flour and then place your dough. It also helps to lay a dusting of cornmeal on the stone as well to prevent sticking. Transfer your pizza to the stone and cook for the desired length of time.
Once finished, use your peel to get under the pizza and slide it onto the peel and take out of the oven. Be careful not to burn yourself! You should have a wonderfully crispy pizza ready to go!
Once your pizza is done and you’ve taken it out of the oven, you will want to start cooling your pizza stone for cleaning. Allow the stone to cool in the oven. Do not take it out before it reaches room temperature, as that can lead to damage from the sudden temperature change. Once the oven has properly cooled, take out of the oven and scrape off any toppings or pieces of crust that were stuck on the stone. Then wash in warm water. Do not use soap or any detergent! Hand wash only, and then leave out to dry. If you follow this procedure, your pizza stone will stay in good shape to make pizzas for a long time to come.
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