If you enjoy creating your own pizzas, then a pizza screen is a gadget which will help you create the perfect base. The screens are usually circular in shape, like a traditional pizza, but they are also available in a larger rectangular size to feed a family.
How it Works
The pizza screen is a circular or rectangular piece of metal, usually aluminium or stainless steel, which can help to crisp the base of the pizza as it cooks in the oven. The main difference between a pizza screen and a regular baking tray is not the circular size but the fact that the screen is perforated with holes which allow the hot air to circulate around the base, cooking it more evenly.
The screen makes it safer and easier for you to handle pizzas in and out of the hot oven. You can even buy screens that have handles attached, or that can be removed while the pizza is cooking, meaning you minimize the size of the hot metal you have to touch, The gadget is also great at helping to keep your oven clean, as any topping that falls off during movement will land on the screen and not on the bottom of the oven.
Price and Variety
Circular pizza screens come in a variety of sizes, from 11 inches up to 16 inches. They can be bought from many online retailers, like Amazon, or check out your local hardware store. Prices vary from just two or three dollars up to $19.99 for the Breville Toaster branded model.
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