Don’t you just love to go to that Italian bistro that serves those fresh just-out-of-the-wood-oven hot pizzas with those crispy crunchy bases! If you do, well, you are not alone!
And have you tried baking similar pizzas at home, because, well, no matter how much we love eating out, there are always occasions where you want to cook-up something “restaurant-like” to impress a certain someone. All of us have tried achieving such results at home with our pizzas at some or the other. Most of us are able to come up with pizzas that, at best, “look” like the ones in restaurants, but don’t compare to them, because their bases aren’t as crisp as we would like them to be and they don’t have that “even cooking”.
It times you stopped settling for a mere look-alike and go for the actual thing. And Weber pizza stones make it very much possible.
A pizza stone is a type of baking stone, which may be made using firebrick, ceramic, clay, stone (like marble, tile etc.), salt or even metal. It comes in a variety of shapes and its thickness can vary from half to one inch. It needs to be pre-heated for around 30 minutes. Then, pizza can be put directly on to it and baked in the oven. It is porous because of which it can absorb moisture. It also provides an all-over heat to the pizza from the sides. This makes the pizza base crispier and the cook is more uniform, giving the pizza the feel of having come out of a wood oven. And they work even for store bought ready to eat pizzas! Now, wouldn’t you just love your stone, if you had one!
There are just a few things that you should keep in mind before you go out and bring home your stone.
First, you may decide to go for a stone made of firebrick material, so that its heat is retained similarly as in the case of wood ovens, spreads evenly across the surface, and the stone doesn’t crack due to changes in temperature. If you’re looking for something other than pizzas on your stone, then you may even go for one in ceramic as these ones can handle longer spells of baking and have a higher range of temperature. Stone is also available in cast iron and steel.
Second, you may select the shape of your stone as per the shape of the pizza that you prefer.
Third, it would be better to select a thicker stone rather than a thinner one. This would allow for greater heat absorption and subsequent distribution.
Fourth, a stone with handles would be easier to carry and use than one without them.
Fifth, don’t forget the pizza “peel” to accompany your pizza stone so that you can safely place your pizza on the stone for baking and remove it once it’s done. A pizza peel in wood would be a good accompaniment to your pizza stone.
And last but not the least, don’t forget to choose a pizza stone that would fit your oven. No matter all other details, if you can’t fit it in, you can’t do much with it!
Hope you fall in love with your stone soon!