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How to Use a Pizza Stone

A pizza stone can help distribute heat evenly across the pizza base and make the pizza’s dough crispy.


  • Step 1: Place pizza stone on lowest rack Place pizza stone in a cold oven on the lowest rack.
  • TIP: Never put a cold pizza stone in a hot oven as it can crack the stone.
  • Step 2: Pre-heat oven Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Step 3: Put cornmeal on paddle Sprinkle cornmeal on pizza paddle.
  • TIP: Sprinkling cornmeal on pizza paddle helps prevent the pizza from sticking to the paddle and the pizza stone.
  • Step 4: Put dough, sauce, toppings on cornmeal Put dough, sauce, and toppings on top of corn meal.
  • Step 5: Slide pizza onto stone in oven and cook Slide pizza onto the hot stone and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Step 6: Slide cooked pizza onto paddle, slice, eat Slide pizza back onto the paddle, slice the pizza, and eat.
  • TIP: Do not use a knife or pizza cutter on a pizza stone. Your knife or pizza cutter will likely be damaged.
  • Step 7: Cool stone, clean Let the stone cool and clean with warm water and no soap.
  • FACT: The margherita pizza was born in 1889, when Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni visited Naples, Italy.

You Will Need

  • A pizza stone
  • An oven
  • Cornmeal
  • A pizza paddle
  • Pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Pizza toppings

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