How to Use A Pizza Stone To Make Crispier Home Pizza Crust

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Making pizza at home saves money and gives you full creative license when it comes to ingredients and sauces. The brick ovens used in pizza parlors reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit; modern home ovens usually don't heat above 500 degrees. But adding a pizza stone or large terra cotta tiles to your home oven can yield the same mouth-watering crispy crust you love at your favorite pizza place.

Things You'll Need

  • Cornmeal
  • Pizza peel
  • Put the pizza stone on the lowest rack in a cold oven. Preheat the oven to its hottest temperature, usually 500 degrees F., with the stone in it so it reaches the correct temperature for creating a crispy crust.

  • Prepare the dough and add the toppings. Sprinkle cornmeal on the pizza peel and the pizza stone so the crust doesn't stick.

  • Lift the pizza off your work surface with the pizza peel and transfer it gently to the pizza stone.

  • Set the timer for 10 minutes, then check the pizza every few minutes after that. Ovens differ so cooking times vary, but in general, a thin crust pizza cooks in 10 to 12 minutes on a stone, a thicker crust in 12 to 15.

  • Take the pizza out of the oven when the cheese melts in the middle and the crust turns golden brown.

  • Cool the stone completely, then wipe it off with a damp cloth. Do not submerge the stone in water or use soap to wash it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not touch the stone during cooking and for at least 30 minutes to an hour after removing it from the oven as it will be extremely hot.

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