How to Cook Pizza on a Stone

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Cooking pizza on a stone allows the oven to be set to higher temperatures so the crust and cheese cook faster which gives the dish more texture and crisp edges. Place the pizza on the stone and follow the advice of a professional cook in this free video on baking pizza on a stone.

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Hi I am Morgan mcColum, and I am here to teach you how to cook pizza on a pizza stone. Why would you want to cook pizza on a pizza stone you may ask. Well if you try to cook pizza on a pizza pan you will not get any good texture out of your pizza. This is basically for heating up frozen pizza. This is not for cooking pizza, this is just bye-bye. Say bye-bye to that. So this is what you want to use is a pizza stone. Now here is a pizza that we have already cooked on the stone. This is a seasoned stone. You always want to season your pizza stone first. To season your pizza stone put a little oil on it, put a lot of oil on it, heat it in the oven for fifteen, twenty minutes, repeat that process several times, don't use soap and water on your stone, and your stone will be beautiful. So to cook pizza on a stone basically you want to preheat that stone in the oven at the temperature that your recipe states that you are cooking that pizza at. In a restaurant we cook pizza at incredibly high temperatures, five twenty-five, five fifty, six hundred, six fifty, and that cooks the pizza very fast, keeps it from getting doughy, and gives it a nice crisp crunch. At home you want to turn that oven up as high as you can get it without it being weird or crazy. Maybe most home ovens probably go to four seventy-five, five hundred, but that will be fine. So you put that pizza stone in your pizza oven, heat it up, get your pizza ready, if you want to put some corn meal or some semolina or something like that on the bottom of the pizza stone to slide the pizza on it you can feel absolutely free to do that. I am not a big corn meal fan, I don't care for that too much so I put flour on my board when I roll out my pizza crust, and then I just transfer that right onto the stone with a paddle. Most of the big chain stores that sell home goods they will have wooden pizza paddles. You are going to need one of those if you are going to cook on a stone at home. So basically you roll your crust out on that flour, take your pizza paddle slide it under the pizza, and then slide that pizza onto your stone, onto your preheated stone. You can take the stone out of the oven to do that. It is not going to cool down too significantly if you take it out for two minutes. Slide it onto the stone, throw it in the oven, check it frequently, take a spatula or your pizza paddle and check that bottom. You want to make sure that it is getting to be a nice golden brown crust, and when that is done you are ready to go. Your cheese on top is nice and golden brown, and your crust is sufficiently done, your pizza is ready to be taken out of the oven. So take it out of the oven, then when you want to cut it sure go ahead grab that pizza pan, throw it back on the pizza pan, cut it on the pan. Don't cut it on your stone. You don't want to get any grooves or scratches on this. This is a great piece of cooking equipment, and it will allow you to make really good pizza at home. I am Morgan McColum, and that is how to cook pizza on a pizza stone.

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