How to cook with (and clean) a pizza stone

Read on for top tips for how to use a pizza stone and clean it between uses.

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Pepperoni pizza

Key steps

  • Heat pizza stones to 225°C and 240°C.
  • Make a homemade pizza using our guide.
  • Slide your pizza onto the pizza stone using a paddle.
  • Cook for 10 minutes or until crispy.
  • Clean once cool.
  • Scrape off food debris to prevent it baking on.
  • Never use soap to clean pizza stones.

Ever tried using a pizza stone to make a pizza? Many who have used a pizza stone swear by it to achieve that perfect, crispy base. This article covers everything you need to know from how to use a pizza stone and tips for cleaning a pizza stone to keep it in great shape between pizza feasts.

Take care when cleaning your pizza stone. Always ensure that it is fully cool before you wash, at it could crack if hot when it touches water.

What is a pizza stone?

A pizza stone is a method of cooking pizza which has been used for hundreds of years and certainly gives you the best pizza results. This is because it can hold more heat than a regular oven tray. It also distributes that heat more evenly, leading to a better, crispier pizza base and more even cook.

What is a pizza stone made of?

A pizza stone can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as being made from a number of different materials. They are usually natural materials including:

  • Clay
  • Marble
  • Tile
  • Firebrick
Don’t forget to wear oven gloves when handling a hot pizza stone or cooking with an oven. Children and pets must be kept away from the kitchen whislt you’re cooking.

How to cook with a pizza stone

When it comes to using a pizza stone, and getting the best results, first allow it to heat up fully.

  • DO pop it in the oven on a high heat between 225°C and 240°C.
  • DON’T pre heat the oven. Your pizza stone should start in a cold oven as a hot oven may cause the stone to crack.
  • DO use a paddle to place your raw pizza on it.

How to use a pizza stone in the oven to make a pizza at home

Making pizza at home using a pizza stone is really easy with these steps:

Dough ingredients

  •  350ml of warm water
  • 600g of plain flour
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 7g packet of dried yeast
  • 50-60ml olive oil

Method

  1. Combine your ingredients to create a dough.
  2. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.
  3. Cover a bowl in oil, and leave your dough inside until it doubles in size.
  4. Make a tomato sauce by mixing together tomato puree, canned tomatoes and flavours such as onions, garlic, basil, and oregano. Alternatively cheat with a pre-made sauce.
  5. Gather up some toppings. There are some many favourites like mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms and controversially even pineapple!
  6. Once your dough doubles in size, roll it out.
  7. Add the sauce and your chosen toppings.
  8. Slide onto your preheated pizza stone in the oven.
  9. Cook for around 10 minutes or until crisp.

How to clean a pizza stone

To make sure your pizza stone continues working its best, it’s important to keep it clean.

  • DO scrape off as much food debris as you can, to prevent it becoming baked on. A plastic utensil is best for this.
  • DON’T clean when the stone is hot as it can cause burns as it holds heat well. Allow it to cool before washing.
  • DO Wipe down with warm water.
  • DON’T use soap. Pizza stones are porous, so will absorb the soap and your next homemade pizza may end up tasting of soap.
  • DO make a cleaning solution of equal parts warm water and baking soda to gently scrub off burnt pizza dough and sauce on your pizza stone. Wipe down with a clean cloth once clean.

With this guide to hot stone cooking you now have everything you need to start cooking pizza on a pizza stone with ease.

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