How to Use a Ceramic Pizza Stone

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How to Use a Ceramic Pizza Stone
Pizza stones heat crust evenly, resulting in crispy crust. (pizza image by Christian De Grandmaison from Fotolia.com)

Using a pizza stone results in crispy pizza crust and can also be used to make crusty breads.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pizza stone
  • Dough of your choice
  • Oven
  • Pizza paddle or two oven gloves

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put the room-temperature stone into a cold oven.

  2. 2

    Heat the stone in a 475-degree oven for one hour. Remove carefully.

  3. 3

    Add the dough and cook according to recipe instructions.

  4. 4

    Remove with the pizza paddle or oven gloves.

  1. 1

    Brush any large pieces of food off of the stone and place it back into the oven.

  2. 2

    Turn oven off and let the stone come back to room temperature.

  3. 3

    Wash the cold stone in warm water with no soap.

  4. 4

    Allow the stone to dry completely, and store in a cabinet or in the oven if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Use your pizza stone for breads and other items that require crisping.
  • Don't let a cold stone come into contact with an already hot oven, and don't let a hot stone come into contact with cold water. Both can cause cracks. Don't use soap on a pizza stone.

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