'pizza stones' on Serious Eats

The Pizza Lab: Which Rack Should I Put My Stone On?

In his recipe for thin crust pizza from Cook's Illustrated, Andrew Janjigian takes the novel approach of placing the stone on the top rack of the oven. This is totally contradictory to what most pizza authorities recommend: putting the stone on the bottom rack (or even the floor of the oven) in order to maximize the amount of heat it absorbs. So why does this method work? More

Dear Slice: Is There a Good Metal Surface for Cooking Pizza On?

"...The idea I am having now, would be to increase it even more, with a material, the same thickness but with better heat-conducting capabilities, like a metal. Some ideas would be iron, stainless steel, or aluminum, of about an inch thick. But to buy a tile like this, made of one of these metals, can be expensive, and I am not sure if anybody has done that before, and if the idea is just silly. Before investing, I would like to know what is your opinion about that." More

From Serious Eats Talk: Can I Cook Frozen Pizza on My Pizza Stone?

Over on Serious Eats Talk, BananaMonkey asks: For the first time in a decade I'm eating a frozen pizza. The oven is heating now, with pizza stone inside. It just occured to me that tossing the lump of frozen dough of a premade pizza might be too much of a shock fro the stone. Should I not use it?(Don't judge the frozen pizza...my phd dissertation is due in 5 days and I'm moving in 10...something had to give) The result: Yes, you can. BananaMonkey did it, and the stone survived.... More

The Paupered Chef's Guide to $3 Homemade Pizza Stones

It seems there's been a lot of buzz about pizza stones in Serious Eats Talk lately (Aaaargh, Pizza Stone!, Pizza at Home, Using a Pizza Stone, How to Clean a Pizza Stone). My take on pizza stones has always been to pick up a purpose-built one when they're on sale.* Mostly because I get confused at the home centers when I go in to find the appropriate tiles that kitchen-hackers recommend. No more. Blake Royer of The Paupered Chef has some useful tips on finding just the right tiles to get you baking on the cheap — all for... More

How to Clean a Pizza Stone

If you're going to buy a pizza stone, allow me to recommend a square or rectangular one as opposed to a round one. Rectangular versions give you a little more leeway in placing raw pies on them; round ones require a precision drop. [Photograph: Williams-Sonoma] In Serious Eats Talk tonight, there's a good discussion happening on the best way to clean a dirty pizza stone. Lots of good advice there, but the simplest method comes from foolishpoolish, who's done a lot of home-baking and pizza-making: "A simple half hour to hour under a broiler or on the oven's cleaning... More

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