Questions & Answers - How To Preheat Pizza Stones
Someone told me that I should place the stone in the oven as it's pre-heating and then place the pizza on the hot stone and return to oven to cook. I have a question, can you put a cold baking stone in a pre-heated oven? Can you please tell me if this is true or not. Thanks - TLC (10/9/00)
A baking stone should be placed on the lowest oven shelf and preheated with the oven. Once pre-heated, the stone evenly transfers intense heat to the food being cooked, ensuring a particularly crisply baked base.
As to if it might crack, this I do not know, as I have never had it happen. I always place the cold pizza stone in a cold oven. I then turn on the oven to 400 degrees F. to preheat oven and stone. Once the stone is hot, I do not remove it from the oven. I place the pizza on the hot stone in the oven. Following is my tip that I use when making pizza and using the pizza stone:
PIZZA TIP - A common problem is that the topped pizza sticks to the baker's peel. Giving the peel a quick jerk may work, but it may also jerk your toppings off the pizza as well. A helpful hint is to put a piece of parchment paper on the peel instead of using cornmeal. I place the rolled-out pizza dough on the parchment paper and then add the toppings. The parchment goes into the oven with the pizza. This makes it easier to slide the pizza off the peel and onto the hot baking stone.
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