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What Size Pizza Stone Should I Get?

This is one of the most important factors to consider. First of all you need to think of the practicalities – measure your oven and ensure that the pizza stone or baking stone you are buying will actually fit inside, with enough room to spare to allow it to be maneuvered. Remember, your pizza stone will be very hot and quite heavy when in use so you want to make it as user friendly as possible. If you plan on using it on the grill, do the same thing.

Larger pizza stones are generally the best as they give you more flexibility – you can cook everything from small individual pizza’s and breads up to large family size Pizza Stonespizzas. It is also easier to transfer your uncooked pizza from your pizza peel or cookie sheet to the pizza stone if it is big – with small pizza stones you need to be more accurate and it doing this can be hard enough as it is. Similarly, a square or rectangle pizza stone gives a bit more room than a circular stone. This is especially important if you plan to use it as a baking stone for breads which are generally rectangular, verses traditionally round pizzas.

And of course bigger will cost more, though pizza stones are not very expensive and really, the best answer to this question is to have more than one.

Your New Pizza Stone

So you went ahead and bought your first pizza stone. You read through the care and studied the types. Now comes the fun part..Making Pizza! Before you get to cooking, there are a couple of things to do to ensure your new pizza stone will give you years of service.

Square Pizza Stone
Pizza Stone

First  pizza stones and baking stones are very porous. You may be tempted to wash it first, but don’t use any soap or detergent. Simply wash it with hot water and it will be fine. If you use soap it will seep into the stone and may affect the taste of the food.

Next, coat the pizza stone with a generous amount of olive oil. You want to use enough to cover thoroughly, but not so much it is dripping off. Let it sit and “dry, then repeat. Then let it sit overnight if possible.

Now you are ready to start cooking with you new Pizza Stone!