This past weekend I went looking for an inexpensive pizza stone, but luck was not on my side. The cheapest stone was $40. Ouch! Luckily, a thrifty friend told me I could make my own pizza stone for much less. Here’s how.
After doing some research, I learned the stone sold in fancy stores is similar to ones found at home improvement stores, but for about $5. Woot, woot! I’m all over this do it yourself project.
First, measure your oven and buy a stone at least one inch smaller. The bigger the stone, the bigger pizza you can make. But the heavier the stone is.
Home improvement stores have two kinds of stone: glazed and unglazed quarry tile. You want to go for the unglazed stone as the glazed has lead. Make sure it’s no less than an inch in thickness. Avoid lead by purchasing stone made from all natural clay and shale. If you’re unsure of what you’re getting, ask to speak to a store manager. If he or she can’t tell you, get in touch with the manufacturer before buying.
Before using the stone, wash it thoroughly, rinse completely as stone is porous and will absorb soap. Let dry. To use, preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit and slide your pizza onto the stone when hot. Bake until done. Be careful when taking out your pizza. The oven and stone will be extremely hot. To clean the stone, allow it to cool before using water or it will crack. Some people do not use any soap to clean their stone.
Homemade pizza stones will hold heat for a long time, so you can turn off the oven and continue baking after taking out your pie! This will help reduce your energy bill.
Do you have a pizza stone? How much did you pay for it?
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