Making pizza at home isn’t all too complicated and tastes just like, or even better, the ones that you can get from the pizzeria. And we’re not talking about frozen pizzas! Making your own pizza at home is well worth it if you have the right equipment at hand. You can customize and mix and match toppings to your heart’s content! Have you failed at achieving that golden crispy crust at home? What if we told you that we have just the solution to guarantee you a perfect crust every time? Let’s dive in and make the perfect pizza at home.
Why Isn’t My Crust Crispy?
Soggy crust, uncooked middle, and edges that aren’t golden brown. If any of these are familiar to you, then there’s something going wrong in the pizza-making process that you haven’t pinpointed yet. Luckily, it’s probably an easy fix.
The majority of crust failures lead to one of two mistakes: an incorrect dough or insufficient heat.
There is such a thing as a right and wrong dough. Pizza doughs tend to be quite simple and are a combination of flour, water, yeast, salt, and oil. If your dough hasn’t developed enough gluten yet or has too much flour, then your pizza dough can go south. If you speculate that the dough may be the issue, double-check the recipe you have at hand.
Otherwise, most reasons home cooks can’t get a crispy golden crust is because of imprecise heat application. Pizzas are typically made in a traditional stone oven, pushed in and out with a pizza peel against the open flame. The hot stone surface is what cooks the pizza to golden perfection. But not everyone has a stone oven in the comfort of their own home. That’s where the pizza stone comes to the rescue and we’re going to talk about its usage and advantages further in a moment. Besides the surface you are cooking the pizza on, you need to look at the cooking temperature as well. Pizza is baked at scorching temperatures to cook the crust immediately instead of slow cooking it. That way, the pizza crust doesn’t remain soggy in the middle. Make sure your oven is set at the right temperature for the type of pizza you are cooking and that your oven is not compensating for any of that heat. Uneven distribution of heat in the oven is a culprit of many baking fails.
What are Pizza Stones?
Pizza stones are a type of cookware used to mimic the heat retention of a stone pizza oven. They are typically round and made of stone or ceramic. Recently, salt slabs are gaining popularity and can be used for cooking in the oven as well. Pizza stones for the oven can either be smooth or ridged. They essentially achieve the same task, but ridged pizza stones offer less room for movement when placing the pizza on or off the stone while the smooth ones let you easily glide the dough on the stone.
The difference that ridged pizza stones make compared to smooth ones is quite subtle. The ridges come in handy when you use the pizza stone for cooking other things. Yes, just because it is called a pizza stone doesn’t mean the product isn’t optimal for preparing other dishes as well. They are great for making crispy vegetables in the oven better than a sheet pan and can be used for the BBQ thanks to its flame ceramic material. We recommend the Emile Henry Grand Cru Ridged Pizza Stone if you’re looking for a fantastic ridged stone.
How to Use a Pizza Stone
There’s no complex process for using a pizza stone for ovens — it’s actually quite straightforward. Think of it as your portable stone oven. Place it in your regular oven while it’s still cold and then turn up the heat to preheat your oven. Once your delicious pizza is assembled with the toppings and sauce, use Cuisipro Pizza Peel to push the pizza onto the stone in the oven. Cook until golden brown and then remove — voila! The best part about pizza stones arguably is that you can serve the finished pizza on the stone once it’s cooked. Just make sure to cool it properly before taking it to the table. You can also look into the De Buyer Blue Steel Pizza Tray as an alternative for cooking and serving your golden, crispy creations.
How To Clean A Pizza Stone
Many users of pizza stones may not know about how to clean a pizza stone and the best practices for doing so. Although pizza stones are a cookware product, they require a little more care and a different approach from, let’s say, a cookie sheet. When cleaning a pizza stone, don’t let it soak long in the water. In fact, don’t use too much water and hardly any soap on it. Scrape the dried chunks of sauce or toppings from the stone, then wipe off the rest with a wet rag. If you clean it too vigorously, there is a chance it will lose its non-stick qualities and damage the outer layer of the stone.