How to use a pizza stone for the first time

Written by patricia hill
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Cooking pizza on a pizza stone is one of the best ways to prepare homemade pizza. A pizza stone is an unglazed, flat stone approximately one-quarter of an inch thick and can be purchased at most retail stores that sell bake ware. The beauty of a pizza stone lies in its porous surface, which absorbs oil and moisture from the pizza crust. The first time a pizza stone is used, it is not unusual if some sticking is experienced as it takes repeated use to properly "season" a pizza stone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pizza stone
  • Oven gloves
  • Pizza paddle or baking tray
  • Cornmeal
  • Spatula
  • Cooling rack

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Instructions

    How to Use a Pizza Stone for the First Time

  1. 1

    Place the pizza stone on the lowest rack of a cold oven.

  2. 2

    Turn the oven on to 204 degrees C to preheat.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle a pizza paddle or baking tray with cornmeal.

  4. 4

    Prepare the pizza, placing the dough on the pizza paddle or baking tray over the cornmeal. The pizza dough should move freely on the paddle or baking tray.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle the pizza stone with cornmeal.

  6. 6

    Transfer the pizza from the pizza paddle or baking tray onto the preheated pizza stone.

  7. 7

    Bake according to directions.

  8. 8

    Use oven gloves and remove the pizza stone from oven onto a cooling rack.

  9. 9

    Turn off oven.

  10. 10

    When the pizza stone has cooled, remove any residue with a spatula. Rinse in warm water.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid placing a pizza stone directly in a hot oven or a hot pizza stone on a cool surface, as it might result in cracking.

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