About Pizza Stones

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A pizza stone (also known as a baking stone) is a flat cooking surface used in cooking pizzas, and other foods. They can be made of ceramic , stone , or recently, steel and salt . Food is put on the pizza stone, which is then placed in the oven, though sometimes the stone is heated first.

Pizza stones are used to bake perfectly crispy crusts in all styles of pizza. These stones are used to simulate the intense, even heat of a wood-fired oven. They can be used in a commercial oven, residential oven or on a grill. When you learn how to use a pizza stone properly it’s likely you’ll never return to any other style of pizza baking again. Pizza stones are easy to use and maintain, but first you need to know the basics of how to use a pizza stone.

Preheat before baking

A pizza stone acts as a replacement for a wood-fired oven. When you use a wood-fired oven, you heat it up, let it get nice and toasty and then place your pizza inside. The same goes for a pizza stone. Place your room temperature pizza stone into the oven before you turn it on. Set the oven to the desired temperature and allow the oven and the pizza stone to heat up together. This creates an evenly heated pizza stone that is ready to bake pizza efficiently.

No Need to Season

While some home bakers may recommend seasoning a pizza stone, experts advise against it. Pizza stones are made of porous materials to absorb moisture easily. This is what helps your dough bake up nice and crispy. Seasoning a pizza stone will result in oil seeping into your stone, and will not create a non-stick glaze as it does with non-porous cast iron pans.

The temptation to season a pizza stone comes from the need to create a non-stick surface; however there is a better way to do that. Simply dusting the pizza stone with cornmeal or flour before a pizza is placed on it will ensure an easier surface to work with.

Getting the Pizza to the Stone

To get the pizza into the oven and onto the pizza stone, you need to use a pizza peel, also called a pizza paddle. A large flat cookie sheet or a big piece of cardboard can work too, but a pizza peel is much easier. Many chefs find it easier to assemble the pizza on the pizza peel. If you plan to follow this method, make that the surface non-stick. Use the following steps:

  • Spread flour or cornmeal onto the peel before you put the rolled out dough down. 
  • Roll out dough and assemble your pizza toppings. 
  • Use a long handled spoon and sprinkle some of the cornmeal onto the pizza stone inside the oven. 
  • Slide the pizza peel into the oven and angle the peel to slide the pizza off and onto the pizza stone. 
  • Set your kitchen timer and bake your pizza according to your recipe’s instructions.

Caution
When it’s time to take the pizza out, keep in mind that the pizza stone will be extremely hot and should not be handled at all. Do not attempt to remove the pizza stone with a conventional oven mitt or kitchen towel! Instead, use the same tools you used to safely put the pizza onto the stone.

Removing the Pizza

Slide the pizza paddle into the oven and under the cooked pizza. The cooked dough should not stick to the stone. The crust may be a little baked on if this is one of the first few times you have used the stone, but it should release with as the paddle slides between the crust and the stone. Make sure the pizza paddle is all the way under the pizza and then gently balance the pizza on the paddle and slide it out of the oven.

Leave the pizza stone in the oven to cool. Simply turn off the oven, and leave the stone for an hour or more, until it is completely cooled. Wash your pizza stone and return it back to the oven for future use or store it in a safe and secure place in your kitchen.

Different Types of Pizza Stones

Type Description
Wilton Perfect Results Ceramic Pizza Stone  Ceramic Chrome rack cradles pizza stone, making it easy to remove the stone from the oven
Old Stone Oven 4467 14-Inch by 16-Inch Baking Stone Stone Thicker than other stones available, it has a porosity and heat retention that is perfect for a good crust.
Lodge Pro-Logic P14P3 Cast Iron Pizza Pan, Black, 14-inch Cast Iron Seasoned 14" round pizza pan with loop handles features even, fast heating and excellent heat retention.
NerdChef Steel Stone - High-Performance Baking Surface for Pizza Steel Making great crusts (like you find on Neapolitan-style pizza) traditionally requires a 700-1000F wood-fired oven. Nerdchef Steel Stone replicates that performance in a home oven with its super-high heat transfer ability - transfering heat energy 20 times faster than ceramic. It creates beautiful and crispier crusts, gorgeous blistering throughout, and it cooks faster.
Charcoal Companion CC6036 Himalayan Salt Plate Salt Block Himalayan salt is rich in trace minerals and has a naturally high moisture content, which allows Charcoal Companion's Himalayan Salt Plate to be heated or chilled to extreme temperatures.
ProBake Teflon Platinum Nonstick 16-Inch Pizza Pan Baking Pan ProBake™ Teflon® Platinum Non-Stick 16" Pizza Pan is coated with a Teflon Platinum High Performance non-stick coating inside and outside of the pan. The Teflon Platinum finish allows pizzas to release easily from the surface of the pan while making clean up a snap.