How to Use a Pizza Stone

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A pizza stone can help distribute heat evenly across the pizza base and make the pizza’s dough crispy.

Step 1: Place pizza stone on lowest rack
Place pizza stone in a cold oven on the lowest rack.

Never put a cold pizza stone in a hot oven as it can crack the stone.

Step 2: Pre-heat oven
Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.

Step 3: Put cornmeal on paddle
Sprinkle cornmeal on pizza paddle.

Sprinkling cornmeal on pizza paddle helps prevent the pizza from sticking to the paddle and the pizza stone.

Step 4: Put dough, sauce, toppings on cornmeal
Put dough, sauce, and toppings on top of corn meal.

Step 5: Slide pizza onto stone in oven and cook
Slide pizza onto the hot stone and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 6: Slide cooked pizza onto paddle, slice, eat
Slide pizza back onto the paddle, slice the pizza, and eat.

Do not use a knife or pizza cutter on a pizza stone. Your knife or pizza cutter will likely be damaged.

Step 7: Cool stone, clean
Let the stone cool and clean with warm water and no soap.

Did You Know?
The margherita pizza was born in 1889, when Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni visited Naples, Italy.

22 Replies to “How to Use a Pizza Stone”

  1. I put the crust on parchment paper on a pan in the oven for 5 minutes ( pre-heated 500 degrees ) then I remove it, add sauce and toppings and put back in for a total of 11 minutes. It may vary from oven to oven but after 11 minutes my pizza is golden brown on top and crispy on the bottom and SO good.

  2. I have no idea how tf did I end up watching this video at 6:50am but since I'm here, can I please request a step by step guide on how to apply peanut butter on a piece of bread?

  3. You don't clean a pizza stone, scrape off the dirt. God so much bad advice being given on youtube

  4. Do you have to cook the pizza at 500 degrees ? I made one yesterday and I baked it at 500 degrees and it literally browned the crust into eternity
    Seems to be too high heat to bake oizza

  5. I just eat straight from the stone.
    It keeps the pizza hotter for longer. I always thought that was the whole point.

  6. They say 450 in this video and another one says 550. How long does the pizza stone need to be in the oven with the heat on and at temperature to be useful? 30 minutes prior to cooking? 1 hour?

  7. I don't have cornmeal or a paddle. And if the stone is cold how do I warm it up before I put it in there?

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