Serious pizza makers and bread bakers use Old Stone Oven pizza stones. Yet, you don’t have to be a serious cook to make restaurant-quality pizza: an Old Stone Oven pizza stone makes it easy.
Made of the same material as the Old World’s legendary brick pizza ovens, these stones absorb the oven’s intense heat and transfer it evenly to your bread and pizza dough. The result is the pizzeria pizza you crave, every time. The crust, crispy and slightly charred, gives way to light, airy chew. Tomatoes burst on your tongue under golden bubbles of cheese. Or, shift gears and bake a hearty loaf atop the stone; your bread comes out of the oven with a baker-approved chewy crust.
Invented by Chicago pizza enthusiast, cookware purveyor, and restaurant critic Pasquale “Pat” Bruno more than 40 years ago, Old Stone Oven pizza stones are the original stones for home oven use. Thicker than other stones, their porosity and heat retention create a multilayered crunchy-chewy crust. Manufactured in the US from a special blend of lead-free clays, they are kiln-fired during manufacturing to produce unmatched durability. The stones, therefore, are able to withstand extreme heat and handle temperature changes without cracking. They are oven- and grill safe to 2000° F.
Old Stone Oven’s largest stone gives you an ample rectangular work surface for mouthwatering pizzas, long French baguettes, and other artisanal breads. A specially engineered Heat Core center concentrates heat in the stone’s middle for evenly crispy crusts and eliminates soggy centers. Ridged feet on the stone’s underside keep the stone balanced on an oven rack and give you superior grip and maneuverability.
Bring the taste of the Old World home with Old Stone Oven. Professional pizza and traditional European bread ovens are often lined with stone or brick. This is so heat is stored up and redistributed evenly. The resulting blast of heat from the Old Stone Oven rectangular pizza stone gives bread and pizza a nice chewy crust. The rustic French tarts called galettes are also well suited to a baking stone. To use the stone, place it in a cold oven and preheat to 500 degrees for pizza, or according to the recipe for bread or galettes. The stone is made of the same material that lines blast furnaces and kilns, so it can handle ultra-high temperatures.
Wait until the baking stone is entirely cooled before attempting to clean it. Let it dry completely before using again. Some discoloration will occur over time; this is natural and will not affect baking. Using baking parchment may help delay that discoloration. Do not bake cookies, turnovers or other high-fat items on the stone; the stone would absorb the fat and proceed to produce smoke and bad odors. The stone comes with a flyer that contains detailed use and cleaning instructions, as well as recipes for bread, pizza dough, and two pizza toppings. --Garland Withers