The pizza stone, also called baking stone is a versatile baking device that provides the perfect base for baking goods with nice crispy edges. Natural stone has moisture absorptive properties that help prevent sogginess and ensure getting a crispy bottom crust. Even heat distribution allows baking your pizza without burned spots, with the perfect balance of crispness and chewiness.
While baking stones are most commonly used to cook rustic loaves of bread and tasty home-made pizzas, they can be used to bake anything, especially foods that tend to develop crispy crusts. Baking on a stone definitely can make a difference in the taste of the finished product.
Baking stones come in a range of sizes and styles to fit anyone’s baking needs. Modern baking stones are usually shaped round, square, or rectangular. Small baking stones are meant to handle one loaf of bread or a small-sized pizza, while larger size items allow for long loaves of bread or larger-sized pizzas that you are baking for an entire family.
Some baking stones come in sets of several individual stones which makes easier to handle them and allows for flexibility to use them together or separately.
A Set of Smaller Baking Stones vs. a Single Large Piece
Having a set of several small stones offers some advantages over having a large and heavy one. These advantages include:
You can use the pieces together or separately to make a custom surface depending on the item you’re baking and the size of your cooking space. These individual tiles provide the flexibility to use different arrangements through a combination of stones.
More Convenient to Use
A set with separate parts is easier to move around. One large stone would be quite challenging to handle due to its thickness and weight. The individual tiles are easier to lift, set in the oven, or make various arrangements.
The set composed of smaller stones is much easier to get in the oven. Smaller stone pieces also allow for easier cleaning.
You have more options for storing the set of several stones in a small kitchen. The set is easier to stack in a kitchen cabinet or drawer because individual bricks take up less room when not in use than a large, one-piece stone.
Less Likely to Crack
Since the set consists of several tiles, there is less chance of them cracking or breaking. You are much less concerned about dropping the pieces when lifting and moving around than with the large stone.
Dough-Joe 15″ x 18″ Pizza and Baking Stone (5-piece set)
The stone set consists of five 6×9-inch thick and thermal shock resistant tiles. These tiles are smooth and lined up neatly to make a perfectly flat work surface. The pieces are heavy enough not to move when we put the pizza on them or take it off. The grooved bottoms also help lock the stones onto the oven racks and keep them in place right where you put them. They don’t allow particles of food to fall on the bottom of the oven.
The individual tiles are very thick and can withstand the high heat of a grill without the risk of breaking. Their mass allows them to hold more heat than average stones. The heat emanates from the stones and helps maintain steady oven temperature. The stones also provide even heat dispersion for a perfect crust.
Dough-Joe Pizza and Baking Stone set is made by a small business company in South Dakota.
It is a good surface to bake bread of all types and can serve as a great pizza stone. These stones can be used in the oven or on the BBQ to make grilled pizza with a wonderful smoky flavor. They can also be used to bake cookies, English muffins, and virtually any foods that would require a baking sheet.
You can configure the individual stones in multiple ways to accommodate the foods you are going to bake. It takes at least 45 minutes to properly preheat the oven with the baking stones in it before you place the pizza on them. The stones disperse heat evenly across the base, while their porous surface absorbs the moisture so that your pizza is evenly cooked with a crispy golden crust and is chewy inside.
The stones will darken with age and use, but they actually perform better after developing “patina”. You can scrub them with a stiff brush or a strong metal spatula to scrape off any food residue. Put the stones in the oven with a self-cleaning feature and they will come perfectly clean. Another way to clean them is to put them on a propane burner and turn the burner on. Never use detergent for cleaning baking stone as soap residue may get trapped causing a soapy aftertaste.
This set includes 6 tiles (6-inch by 6-inch each) that can be used individually or can be arranged to accommodate your needs. This set can be used in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave.
The stones provide even heating and add a delicate crispy crust to any baked foods. They create and hold an even temperature in the oven for other baking and roasting. You can bake mini to large pizzas or bake more than one loaf of bread at one time. It’s important to preheat the oven to get the tiles properly heated before baking.
This box of stones is easy to handle and clean and doesn’t take up much space when stored.
This stone set is made in the USA and comes with detailed instructions and some recipes included.