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Thread: Pizza Stone Uses?

  1. #1
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    May 2011
    Fayetteville, AR

    Pizza Stone Uses?

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    Hey everyone,

    I've been stalking the forum for a while now for recipe / cooking ideas and whatnot, but haven't actually registered or posted until today.

    My wife and I recently received a pizza stone as a wedding gift. What is it useful for? I obviously won't be making much pizza and everything else I've found said to use it to cook stuff wrapped in phyllo, or loaves of bread, or chicken nuggets. Any other better ideas? I was thinking I could use it to roast a flat chicken but other than that I'm drawing blanks.

  2. #2
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    May 2010
    I've got one of those that I used to use in my wheat eating days. I keep looking at and wondering the same as you are. Mine is too old / marked to put it on eBay. I have wondered about heating it in the oven then popping fish cakes on it and back into the oven for 20 minutes. At least the bottoms would be crispy!

  3. #3
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    Apr 2011
    Houston Texas
    I am in the same camp....I used to make pizza all the time and have a well used stone in the oven....with nothing to do now. It just sits there and gives me a reminder of my days of making good homemade pizza. I don't know if I would put any protien on it as it would be a bear getting it off.

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    Dec 2010
    Arlington, VA
    Stepping stone

  5. #5
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    Apr 2011
    Lexington Kentucky
    Pizza Stones are great for distibuting heat evenly in an oven esp if you dont have convection. leav it in the oven and but your boast beast on it ( in another pan of course)
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  6. #6
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    May 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Send it to me!

    I've been wanting to buy one, for various eggplant/almond crust and cracker recipes.

  7. #7
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    Jul 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by rrrrrick View Post
    My wife and I recently received a pizza stone as a wedding gift. What is it useful for?
    Interesting, I hadn't heard of them.

    It seems the idea is to try to mimic the cooking conditions in a brick oven. Most sources say that the stone guarantees even cooking, so that part of the food doesn't burn before the rest is cooked. Some also say that "the porous nature of the stone used also helps absorb moisture, resulting in a crisp crust".

    Wikipedia warns, bearing in mind the porosity:

    Because they are porous, pizza stones will absorb any fluid with which it comes into contact, including detergent. They should be cleaned with a dry brush and then plain water.
    You've probably seen a brick oven on reconstruction archaeology TV programmes. You fill the oven with brushwood and let it burn down, then sweep the ashes out and put the bread (or whatever) in with a thing like a long wooden paddle. Insofar as the device attempts to cook food as if were cooked in an oven like that, one answer to what you could use it for is going to be "whatever people would have used a bread oven for". In effect, that's going to mean bread and cakes and pies and pasties. You probably don't want to make any of those. Probably even cooking is not going to be so much a problem with other foods, and getting a crisp crust won't be relevant either.

    Back in the medieval period, people are supposed often to have thrown pie crusts away—the purpose of the pastry case was to contain the food while it cooked as much as anything, and doubtless dishes to cook in weren't so generally available.

    I think the only primal use there's likely to be is getting a nice even bake with a good crust on wheat-free, almond-based pastries of some sort.

  8. #8
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    Jan 2011
    Orem, UT
    MEATZA! Or you could give it to Diana Renata

    I used one in my studio for a while as a turntable for the sculptures I was painting. I worked nicely. I didn't have to touch the sculpture & smudge the paint, and could also airbrush directly on to stone to make sure I had color/consistency right before painting.
    --Trish (Bork)

  9. #9
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    Mar 2011
    Hello! Pizza! Get creative. Chebe is quite good as a substitute. Meatizza. Primal cookies bake well on it too. :-)

  10. #10
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    Aug 2010
    Atlanta, GA
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    Mine is sitting in my Goodwill rethinking it. I need those eggplant cracker recipes...

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