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All-purpose Pizza Stones

June 11th, 2013

Pizza stones not just for pizza?

Our Soapstone pizza stones can be used not only for pizza, but a large variety of cuisine. Chicken, hamburgers, kabobs, steak, and seafood can be grilled on our soapstone pizza stone, just to name a few.  In addition, not only can you grill any main course you may wish, but why not grill a side of vegetables as well? Peppers, grilled onions, and tomatoes, are just a sample of the choices that can be grilled with our soapstone pizza stone.

 

Worry free clean up.

As with any meal, the clean up can be the least favorite part. However, our soapstone pizza stone will not absorb any residue of its non-porous surface and can be easily cleaned with soap and water.  However, if you need to scrap off any grilled foods, you can use a steel wool pad or light scraper. Our pizza stone is also consumer friendly, as if the pizza stone becomes scratched; it can easily be rebuffed using sandpaper or steel wool.

When It Comes To Pizza Stones Don’t Do It Yourself

November 15th, 2012

Sometimes doing it yourself doesn’t make a lot of sense.

While making your own pizza dough or pizza sauce is something you can do, it may not pay to try to fashion your own pizza stone.

Here’s why:  You want a pizza stone so you can make better tasting pizza at home.

A pizza stone can get you there.  Stone and brick hold the heat and create a unique crust that cannot be replicated in a regular oven.  A pizza stone works by pulling the moisture out of the dough making a crisp crust. Commercial pizza stones do this but if you are a person who wants to do it yourself couldn’t you just buy an unglazed ceramic tile at the lumber yard and be done with hit.

The answer is that you could. But if you do you need to be very careful. You will need to find an unglazed ceramic tile. Glazed tiles contain lead, which you don’t want touching your food so you have to be sure that the tile you choose is not glazed. Also you have to make sure that the size of the tile you choose will hold a pizza. They may well be too small.  Finally, you need to make sure that the tile will hold up in the oven so you need to be sure that the tile is at lease half an inch thick. 

Soapstone Pizza Stones are a safer and much better option!

When you consider all the possible pitfalls, it seems to make more sense to spend the few extra dollars and buy a safe professional pizza stone from a reliable manufacturer.

 

Using a Pizza Stone

November 12th, 2012

Here’s the key: you need to pre-heat the stone. The pizza stone has to be preheated to a certain temperature to work best. This means that you have to leave the stone in the oven on for a while before you begin to cook. Always place your stone in a cold oven and then turn the oven on. Doing it this way allows the stone to absorb the heat evenly.

Be careful. Once the stone has reached the required temperature then it is far too hot to handle with a conventional oven glove. If you have to move your pizza stone use a pizza peel  (paddle) to push it into position on the oven rack—don’t touch with your hands or oven mitt.  You can also use the pizza peel to get the stone out of the oven after your pizza is cooked.

Some cooks sprinkle cornmeal on top of the stone before putting in the pizza to avoid sticking. However, many experienced pizza stone users think this is not necessary and that sticking can be prevented by making sure the stone is adequately heated before putting the pizza on the pizza stone. 

 When you use a pizza paddle to take the stone out of the oven please remember to be careful because the stone is not and will stay hot for some time. Also don’t be tempted to clean your stone in water before it is totally cool.  Plunging a hot pizza stone in cold water can cause it to crack.

Using a Pizza Stone for Better Tasting Pizzas

September 19th, 2012

Using a pizza stone is a great way to give your pizza that special rustic flavor and texture you love.  A pizza stone made of soapstone offers you three important features: better thermal qualities, durability, and non-porous baking surface. In addition, soapstone looks great and makes a very appetizing appearance.

Another important advantage of a soapstone pizza stone is that it cuts your baking time approximately in half. It also gives your pizza that nice golden brown appearance and a crispier consistency. With a soapstone pizza stone there is no more soggy, sagging pizza crust unable to hold your favorite pizza creations. Also, the natural thermal properties of soapstone means your pizza, will hold its temperature for a longer period of time outside the oven or off the grill.

 3 Tips for Choosing Your Pizza Stone

1. Consider Sizes:   Measure you oven and your grill. Consider the sizes available in soapstone pizza stones. Standard sizes you can purchase are 14”, 16” and 18” sizes. Additionally, consider the standard square soapstone pizza stones that are available in 10” x 15” x ¾ “ or custom sizes available.

 2. Consider Thickness of the Soapstone:  Standard ¾” thickness in all sizes is available. This thickness ensures your purchasing a robust product able to handle temperature extremes, abundant use and prevent cracking.

 3. Consider Customization:  Look for larger rectangle or square custom soapstone pizza stone and the thickness will increase to 1 1/8” or 1 3/16”.

Taking Care of Your Soapstone Pizza Stone

September 19th, 2012

Using a pizza stone for your culinary pizza creations is a great choice. It gives you a crispier pizza that tastes better and cooks in half the time!

But to get the best results you need to keep your pizza stone in shape.  Here are five tips to get the best performance from your soapstone pizza stone.

5 Tips for Caring for & Using Your Pizza Stone

 1. Handle with Care: This tip is really safety advice for you. . A quality soapstone product holds hot temperatures longer. Make sure the stone has cooled down to room temperature before touching.

 2. Cure Your Pizza Stone:  Apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to your pizza stone. This protects it and contributes to ease of removal of your pizza.

3. Be Temperature Conscious:  To get the best results follow directions to make sure your pizza stone is at the required temperature before you place your uncooked pizza on the stone.

4. Use a Pizza Peel:  For efficient removal of your pizza from the oven, use a pizza peel (paddle). This helps lift the pizza cleanly off the stone.

5. Watch Baking Times:  Your pizza will cook in almost half the time on soapstone pizza stone – keep an eye on your creation as it bakes.

Consider the above tips for quality care of your soapstone product. Proper care of your pizza stone contributes to perfect pizza baking. You’ll enjoy years of use by following these simple tips.