Serious pizza eaters know that nothing beats the perfect pie. Whether they prefer all-meat toppings, including sausage, pepperoni, and Canadian bacon, or a vegetarian delight with mushrooms, onions, broccoli, and tomatoes, diners' eyes light up when they envision the right combination of crust, sauce, toppings, and cheese. Savvy pie makers know there is a trick to making a mouth-watering crust, and that is a pizza stone. Beyond the initial selection of the stone, it is important to know its proper use, including pre-heating, cooking, and cleaning protocols. eBay has a wide range of pizza stones for sale, such as those from top-rated brands such as Bialetti and Emile Henry.
Without a doubt, the best pizzas come from brick or wood-fired ovens. Unfortunately, such appliances are generally not practical in a home kitchen, making a pizza stone the next best thing. A pizza stone is a quarter-inch cooking sheet made of either ceramic or clay; when heated properly, it delivers a mouth-watering, brick-oven pizza parlor taste at home. A pizza stone works by heating the pizza evenly as it cooks, and providing the high temperature bread requires for proper baking. The stone also pulls moisture from the pie, making for a crisp texture, a more satisfying taste.
After selecting a quality pizza stone, the main thing to remember is this: Preheat, preheat, preheat! To function properly, the pizza stone should first be placed into an extremely hot oven, at a minimum of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, or 260 degrees Celsius, for at least an hour. Important to note here is that the stone must be in the oven before turning it on, even to preheat. After assembling, baking, and eating the pizza, use only water to wash the pizza stone, never soap. It is normal for the stone to darken, even blacken, with time.
Making delicious pizza at home can be easy with the right tools and know-how and thankfully, the list of kitchen utensils is relatively small. All a prospective pizza chef needs are measuring spoons, mixing bowls, and a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Once the stone enters the picture, and the sooner, the better, an owner wants also to acquire to a pizza peel (also sometimes referred to as a pizza paddle).
Full pizza preparation steps are as follows:
1. Preheat pizza stone as indicated.
2. While stone is heating, prepare pizza dough according to the family recipe. Roll out until the dough is the proper size
3. Lay out a pizza or cookie sheet, or a wooden pizza peel (it resembles a paddle). To avoid the dough sticking, sprinkle a light coating of cornmeal over the sheet.
4. Place the pizza dough on the cookie sheet and add sauce, toppings, and cheese, as desired.
5. Opening the oven door, slide the prepared pizza onto the pizza stone.
6. When pizza is finished baking, remove from oven and return to the cookie sheet to slice.
7. Serve and enjoy!
When the days are warm and an oven is just too much heat in the house, pizza connoisseurs can still enjoy their favourite food by baking it out of doors on the barbecue grill. This is an especially mouth-watering option when hosting backyard gatherings with friends and family.
Although pizza stones are widely available from a number of manufacturers, buyers should plan to spend a little more up front to acquire a quality product. Some of the highest-rated makes and models include the Emile Henry Pizza Stone, Bialetti Good Cook Pizza Stone, All-Clad Pizza Baker/Stone, Old Stone Oven 14-inch by 16-inch Baking Stone, and Chef's Round Pizza Stone.
By now, your stomach is probably rumbling in anticipation, your mouth watering at the thought of fresh-baked pizza with the perfect crust. Thankfully, there is eBay to get your baking experience kick-started. The site is home to numerous pizza stones, both those made of ceramic as well as clay. As you know, acquiring a quality stone is the way to go, and after reading about and researching brands, you should be ready to make an informed purchase that pays for itself year after year. Whether your tastes run from pies with all the topping to cheese only, you can expect your pizza stone to deliver tasty family dinners again and again.