Pizza stones are perfectly designed for making delicious pizza. The stones absorb heat and spread it evenly over the surface. This allows the pizza to cook more evenly and have a crispier bottom.
Besides making pizza, pizza stones can also be used to cook other foods. Here are a few options you can try to make the most of your baking stone:
1. Roasted Vegetables
A round or square pizza stone can also be used to cook vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli and more. The final product is even better than pan roasting. Nearly any type of vegetable can be cooked using a pizza stone, however, ensure that the stone is at room temperature before adding your ingredients and the oven is not preheated. This will prevent thermal shock.
There are countless baked goods that can be baked using pizza stones. A giant cookie is a great option and very impressive when using a round baking stone. Simply spread the cookie dough on the hot stone and bake it. If you want the cookie to be gooey, roll it out into the desired shape on a piece of parchment paper, then stick it in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking.
3. Whole Chicken
Most people love roasting a whole chicken during a celebration. A baking stone is an easy way to get an evenly cooked bird with deliciously crispy skin. You only need to heat the oven and the stone together and then roast your chicken. You will get a perfectly crispy roast chicken in less than an hour!
4. Warming foods
Pizza stones are extremely reliable for warming food because they hold heat so well. If you need to heat up bread or tortillas, preheat the stone in a 180°F oven and place whatever you need to keep warm on the stone. You can also place the warm stone on a trivet on the table to keep items warm throughout the meal.
A square pizza stone is actually a perfect tool for baking fresh bread. The stone helps ensure that the crust is crispy and the bread is baked evenly. For the ultimate home baking experience, spray the dough with some water once it is on the hot stone in the oven. This will create the steam necessary for a perfectly chewy center and a crispy crust.
Taking care of your baking stone
Buying a baking stone can be a huge investment. It is therefore important to ensure that you keep it in good condition. Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Don’t use your stone to cook greasy foods. The surface is porous and will absorb the oil.
- After use, remove any stuck pieces carefully with a spatula.
- Never wash the baking stone with soap as this can affect the taste of your next pizza.
- Do not submerge the stone in water. Instead use a damp cloth to wipe it clean.
If the stone is extremely dirty, you can sand it down using medium grit sandpaper.