The secret of any good pizza lies in the crust, and the best pizza crust is cooked the traditional way. So what to do with your state-of-the-art oven? Just pop in a baking stone from Old Stone and you’ll have the same effect from any stone- or brick-lined oven.
As I am always on the hunt for cooking secrets, the Old Stone Oven Baking Stone is a great device that any pizza lover should have in their kitchen. Imagine making home-made pizza with that great pizzeria touch: a crust with a certain crunch but with soft chewiness that can make any bite sing with the toppings’ flavors.
My decision to purchase a baking stone was due to the fact that I love making pizza at home. In the past years I merely survived through regular pans such as aluminum sheets and even deep-dish pizza pans. Although they do deliver the rustiness and even the clumsiness of home-style pizza, why settle for such quality if a better pizza lies in a better baking sheet?
I have been familiar with pizza stones, but I have heard nightmares of the sheet causing too much smoke if used incorrectly. Many times the stone cracks because of poor quality, and I wasn’t interested in something that could crumble inside the oven. I finally conceded and got the Old Stone Oven Baking Stone mainly because of reviews — and I know someone who makes the best homemade pizza. I guess with some bribery (i.e. a round of cocktails), the secret was cracked. I immediately logged on to Amazon and made that $37 purchase.
In the past few days Old Stone’s baking stone has been giving me the best pizza pies I have ever made. Although I have to give credit to the toppings as well, nothing beats chewing a well-baked crust that makes the entire eating experience delightful. In addition, the Old Stone Oven Baking Stone is easy to use: just preheat the oven to 500 degrees F for 15 minutes, and then pop in your pizza. Wait for ten minutes and you have a steaming yummy pizza ready for dinner or a nice Saturday evening.
Cleaning the baking stone is easy as well. Of course, you have to wait until the baking stone cools down and then simply wash and dry — as an owner, do have the responsibility to read over the cleaning instructions. However, I was actually warned that this Old Stone product discolors over time, but apparently this is nothing to worry about; even though it blackens, Old Stone Baking Stone is durable and it will never get your pizza stuck on the surface.
Another wise word is how to best use this product. Because Old Stone Pizza Stone is made of porous material to give off some intense heat, do not use it as a baking sheet for high-fat items such as cookies and turnovers. You can use it though when baking bread, rolls and even biscuits. I also warm my pancakes and waffles using this baking stone. Talk about warm and toasty.
Now if you have been the type who buys ready-made or frozen pizza crusts, why not try a hand at making your own at home? Check out this easy recipe for Quick Pizza Dough. Or if you are into a strict diet, try the Gluten-, Egg-, Corn-, Soy- and Dairy-Free Pizza Dough. Now just whip this up and use the Old Stone Pizza Stone for the perfect pizza you’ve always wanted to make in the comfort of your own kitchen.