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The Best Surface for Baking Pizza, Part 5: Baking Stone

Slice dbcurrie 21 comments

Go shopping for a new pizza stone, and you'll find a huge variety of surfaces, from metal to clay to natural stone to man-made composites. If you were going solely by recommendations from respected testers, you might settle on the baking stone sold by King Arthur Flour. I decided to put it to the test. More

Emile Henry's New Rectangular Pizza Stone

Slice Adam Kuban 7 comments

You may already know that Emile Henry has a line of round, enameled pizza stones in various colors, but check it out: The ceramic ovenware–maker has just introduced a rectangular stone. More

The Best Surface For Baking Pizza, Part 2: Aluminum Pan

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While pizza stones like the one we tested last week are pretty popular, they have their drawbacks: they're bulky, heavy, and a little pricey. How does a cheaper, thinner, lighter aluminum pizza pan compare? More

The Best Surface for Baking Pizza, Part 1: Cheap Pizza Stone

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Over the course of my next few columns, I'll be testing a variety of cooking surfaces to see how they perform. We'll start the testing with a cheap, basic pizza stone that's 13 inches in diameter and less than 1/2 inch tall. More

Cooking Pizza on a Steel Sheet

Slice Adam Kuban 27 comments

Cooking pizza on a metal surface is nothing new to Slice'rs, many of whom already use the Lodge cast iron pizza griddle or do the cast iron skillet hack. But here it gets an endorsement from Nathan Myhrvold and his team of mad culinary scientists in the six-volume mega science-of-cooking collection Modernist Cuisine. More

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

Slice J. Kenji López-Alt 49 comments

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?

Slice Adam Kuban 9 comments

"...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?

Slice Adam Kuban Closed

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

Slice Adam Kuban 23 comments

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

Slice Adam Kuban 8 comments

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

From Serious Eats Talk: Advice on Pizza Stones?

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On Slice parent site Serious Eats, Colleen7583 asks, "I'm looking to buy my first pizza stone, but don't know if there's a difference between the $15 and the $50 stones. Any brand advice?" Dish it up here »... More

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