Making homemade pizza is just as fun as eating it. And when you are entertaining, your guests will love participating in adding their own pizza toppings while sipping on a nice glass of wine! Before the guests arrive though, you will want to have the pizza dough ready, which means making it hours (or days, depending on your recipe) in advance.
Here are 7 of the best pizza making tools to help you get your pizza perfect!
I have talked endlessly about using a kitchen scale in so many articles now, and here I go again! Why is a kitchen scale so much better than a measuring cup? One word: accuracy!!! Sure you can pretty closely measure liquids in a measuring cup at eye level, but where it counts is with the dry ingredients. Those usually affect the chemistry behind your cooking, and in this case, the rising of your dough! You need to be accurate down to the gram with your dry ingredients, and the best way to do so is with a kitchen scale.
This kitchen scale by Ozeri is the one I like to recommend for a few reasons. This is a best seller on Amazon AND is Amazon's choice for kitchen scales. It has a TON of fantastic reviews. Another reason is the super cute colors it comes in!!! Lastly, the price is fantastic. Have a look for yourself!
Dough scrapers are such handy little tools, and there are so many out there to choose from. I personally prefer a flexible one to get every bit of dough from the sides of my bowl (and off the counter if you like to make dough like I do, messily! lol)
This set of 4 dough scrapers by Prepatize comes with 2 straight edges as well as 2 flat edge scrapers, making them versatile for dough or for other recipes, like icing for a cake! These also come with a 1-year warranty! Find them on Amazon here.
Well, I have quite a lot to say about pizza stones and pizza pans for making pizza in the oven. Of course, you can use any old baking sheet, and your pizza will come out just fine. With that being said, "fine" doesn't cut it for me when I am making pizza lol. And you can bring your just "fine" pizza to a "fantastic" pizza with the investment of one pizza making tool, and that is either a pizza stone or pizza steel. Whichever you decide to buy is a matter of preference, but I will talk about both.
Do you know what the trick is to a really great pizza? No? Well, here it is, TEMPERATURE + EVEN COOKING. When you are baking pizza in the oven on a baking sheet, it is hard to get the temperature in your oven up in the level you want it at, and that is somewhere in the 500-degree range. On a baking sheet, your dough will most likely burn on the bottom quickly, leaving a doughy middle section. So you are really forced to bake it in the 400-425 degree range, which makes a huge difference.
Cooking your pizza on a pizza stone is a great move as it distributes the heat evenly to your pizza, especially since you put it in the oven to bring it to temperature before putting your pizza on it! And yes, the biggest assumption is that you can cook a pizza stone at a very high temperature! However, you need to look into that before making a pizza stone purchase, as they are not all created equally!
When you are looking for a pizza stone, there are a few things you will want to consider before buying:
Shape: When you think of the word "pizza stone", does your mind instantly picture a circular pizza stone? Well, I think that the circular pizza stones need to go. A rectangular is much more forgiving in that you can put rectangular pizzas on it, circular ones, even heart-shaped pizzas if you want! Plus then you can use it for other items such as long loaves of bread or fish, or whatever you would like to cook evenly!
We would like to recommend the Pizza Stone by Old Stone Oven. This one covers all the bases I just mentioned. It is a rectangular 14" x 16" pizza stone created from a blend of lead-free clays, and it can withstand high temperatures in the 500-degree range. It is also just a plain rectangular stone with no handles, and will absorb the heat from the oven to distribute evenly to your pizza, kicking up your pizza from fine to fantastic!
Now let's talk about pizza steel. The difference between pizza steel or baking steel and a pizza stone is typically in the way that they conduct heat. Pizza steels are known to retain heat better than a pizza stone, however, it is also said that they do not conduct that heat quite as evenly as a stone would. So you might want to consider pizza steel if you are going for a quicker cooking time. They do need a bit more care though in the fact that they need to be seasoned once in a while, just like cast iron would, so it doesn't get rust spots.
The pizza steel I am going to recommend if this is something you would like to try is the Pizzacraft Rectangular Steel Baking Plate. It is very big and will likely cover the bottom rack of your oven at 22" x 14" (so make sure your oven is big enough to support that). If it does, a lot of people seem to keep their Pizzacraft Steel Plate in their oven for storage! I like that idea.
The Uuni 3 Woodfired Pizza Oven is the world's first portable wood-fired pizza oven, and it comes with the ultimate recommendation from me! Yes, I oh so happily own and frequently use this. I have had my Uuni pizza oven for quite a long time, somewhere in ten-year range, and it makes the absolute best, hands down pizza that I have EVER made.
This is the second article where I mention the Uuni Pizza Oven. I first mentioned it in my article Linnea's Favorite Things as it truly is one of my favorite cooking tools. This makes pizza taste like it comes right from Italy. When you roll the dough out, it goes onto the Uuni Pizza peel and goes into the oven, where it is flame cooked in 60 seconds flat at around 900 degrees. There's some heat for you!
Now, this isn't like cooking a family-sized pizza, keep that in mind. It cooks about 13" individual pizza's, but very quickly! I typically eat one all on my own...or more... because they are so good... So this is something that would be good for having guests or family choosing their toppings to put on for their own pizza, or making several different ones and slicing them up for people to choose from. Just keep in mind, this is a tool that is used outdoors.
If you are planning on using this for larger groups or for entertaining, I would highly suggest ordering an extra peel. Even for our family of 4, I need that extra peel. If you only use the one peel that it comes with, you make your pizza on the peel and then cook it, then you have to wait for it to finish cooking and take the cooked pizza off before making your next pizza on that same peel. With an extra pizza peel, you can have the next pizza ready to go when your finished pizza comes out of the fire.
The Uuni 3 Portable Woodfired Pizza Oven gets a 5 out 5 rating from me, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone out there who loves a real, flame-cooked pizza.
I am going to list that extra pizza peel I was talking about right here. This is the Uuni Pizza Peel, but you can use it beyond the Uuni Woodfire Pizza Oven! I personally use this pizza peel and have had it for a very long time.
It's amazing how a good cutting tool can just make all the difference in making life easier for you, and in this case, we are looking at pizza cutters. There are so many styles out there! We have always opted for the classic exposed circular cutting tool. (I say exposed as there are several that have covers on them that you hold, but I find this is just another thing that can't get cleaned properly).
The pizza cutter that we found to have several recommendations behind it, was the OXO Good Grips Pizza Wheel. It is made out of stainless steel and has a die-cast thumb grip, making it pretty hard to cut yourself with! It is sharp and can cut a thick crust pizza easily.
And don't forget the Italian way to serve that homemade pizza, put a bit of arugula on top of the finished pizza pie and drizzle with olive oil before cutting up. You definitely have to try it this way if you never have before.
Our last and parting words for making homemade pizza are to take your time and enjoy the process. Pour yourself a glass of wine and put on that music that you like to cook with. And don't be afraid to use fresh ingredients! If you have some basil or oregano growing in your backyard, head out there and get it! Fresh herbs are a lot less strong than dried herbs, so you can really go to town. And if it just isn't the right time of year to head to the garden, you can also find packaged fresh herbs in the grocery store with the vegetables.
Speaking of vegetables, the same goes for using them in your homemade pizza. Use fresh! Get those fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, onions. Fresh makes a huge difference in your cooking!
I have also mentioned some of these items in my post 10 Gift Ideas for The Bread Maker, if you are into making your own bread, you might want to check this article out as well! You could also check out our best tools for making homemade pasta as well!
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