The Six Baking Stone Tips and Tricks

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The History of The Baking Stone

The humble baking stone has made a revival in the modern kitchen, but did you know that this piece of cooking equipment has been used for centuries? Perhaps one of the oldest cooking techniques known to man, the history of the baking stone can be traced back as far as the Early Paleolithic Age, or between 45,000 and 9,000 years before the arrival of Christ. Archaeologists have found evidence that Stone Age man used stones for grinding starches into fine powder before using the stone to bake food on in a fire pit, the precursor to today?s modern ovens.

While baking stones are used most commonly to cook the perfect pizzas, it was first used to make flat breads which were eaten as a staple food. Flat breads became the forerunner to the modern pizza, providing a doughy base, which later would be covered with tasty toppings like tomatoes, fish, and much later along, the traditional margarita of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and chopped herbs like basil.

Modern baking stones are usually round or rectangular in shape, although their ergonomic designs are more recent developments, as primitive man would have used irregularly shaped stones that could fit into the fire pit.

The Benefits of Using Pizza Stones

Baking stones are ideal for baking a pizza for a number of reasons. Its primary reason, and the reason that it was originally conceived by Stone Age man, was to prevent food from being burnt. Because the stone absorbs some of the heat, the edges and bottom of a pizza or flat bread don?t get too much direct heat during the cooking process.

The Versatility of The Pizza Stone

Another of the great advantages of a pizza stone is its ability to absorb excess moisture during the cooking process, allowing for a crisper base. This is because it is made from natural stone that has absorptive properties. Using a baking tray can cause moisture to get trapped underneath a flatbread or pizza and make it soggy, and prevent it from cooking through evenly. Pizza stones take care of this problem while also ensuring that your pizza doesn?t burn because of their superior thermal properties.

While baking stones are ideal for cooking flatbreads and pizzas, they can be used to cook virtually anything, especially foods that need to be crisped. If you want to keep your pizza stone in good condition and prevent it from becoming brittle or susceptible to cracking, you should oil it regularly and use a good quality non-stick spray each time you use it. Allow it to cool down before cleaning, and do not immerse a hot stone in water immediately after use, as the extreme change in temperature can cause it to crack or break.

Using Pizza Stones

Always put your baking stone on the lowest rack in the oven and allow it to warm up when you preheat your oven. You want to be using it at the same temperature as the oven, but for the stone to absorb some of the surface heat to prevent burns.

Pizzacraft 22.5″ x 13.5″ Rectangular Cordierite Baking/Pizza Stone – PC0102

Pizzacraft 22.5

  • Baking stones are convenient for heating and re-heating ready-made frozen pizza and baked goods
  • For pizza, bread and more
  • Stone requires no seasoning or conditioning

Enjoy the same quality of food baked in a professional brick lined oven in your kitchen at home Baking stones are perfect for pizza, bread pastries or any other baked goods eliminating hot spots while cooking, and produce uniformly browned crust.

List Price: $ 59.99

Price: $ 59.99

Pizzacraft 15″ Square Cordierite Baking/Pizza Stone – For Oven or Grill – PC0100

Pizzacraft 15

  • Baking stones are convenient for heating and re-heating ready-made frozen pizza and baked goods
  • For pizza, bread and more
  • Stone requires no seasoning or conditioning

Enjoy the same quality of food baked in a professional brick lined oven in your kitchen at home. Charcoal Companion & Pizzacraft’s baking stones are perfect for pizza, bread pastries or any other baked goods eliminating hot spots while cooking, and produce uniformly browned crust.

List Price: $ 39.99

Price: $ 39.99

Dough-Joe® 15″ x 18″ Pizza and Baking Stone (5-piece set)

Dough-Joe® 15

  • MADE IN USA–These are the improved version of our original stones; These are dense, thick cordierite and are far more heat shock resistant. Their thickness allows them to contain a huge amount of heat
  • FIVE-PIECE set of 6×9-inch tiles allows the flexibility of cooking small items like bread or a large pizza. If you’re interested in our Pizza Steel, type “Dough-Joe” in a search. For some reason, it’s not coming up unless you do that.
  • ACTUAL WEIGHT OF 5 IS ABOUT 15 POUNDS. We jimmied with the “Official” shipping weight to get the Amazon shipping template to work with all our products. Stones may be ground along the edges.
  • Multiple stones are less prone to oven stress breakage than one large stone. They actually do not move around much unless you really strike them hard.
  • DO NOT SEASON. Works perfectly on the grill and small grills benefit with the ability to mix the stones around

The Dough-Joe® Pizza and Baking Stone set consists of five 6″ x 9″ x 3/4″ tiles. Excellent for cooking pizza crust, bread of all types as well as cookies.

List Price: $ 41.24

Price: $ 41.24

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