Using a Pizza Stone to Bake Frozen Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? How many know of the benefits of using a pizza stone? No matter what your toppings of choice are, this glorious food can be made to suit every taste. Many people agree that delivery pizza is no longer living up to the quality expectations of the modern palate, and this is exemplified by the booming business of take-and-bake pizza. This is indeed a convenient and tasty option with take-and-bake pizzas suddenly available almost everywhere, from specialty shops to the local grocery store.

There is a third option that is even more cost-effective and equally delicious: frozen pizza. This may sound like heresy to some, especially those who have less than fond memories of the paper thin crusts that tasted like cardboard with a miserly smattering of cheese that was often seen on the frozen pizzas of the 1980s. However, the game has dramatically changed recently with self-rising crusts, a wide range of toppings and generous amounts of cheese. The good news is there is a way to get all of your pizzas – including frozen pizza – to have that professional, restaurant quality finish just by using a pizza stone.

To take full advantage of the vastly improved yet still budget friendly frozen pizzas out there, it would be wise to invest in a baking stone and let it do the work.

The following are instructions for baking a frozen pizza on a stone. Of course these instructions should be followed in the same order too.

Preheat

As you might already know, it is important to not only preheat the oven but also the stone itself. Some cooks will say that this step can be skipped but if the stone is not preheated the pizza will take considerably longer to cook. So preheating is especially important when it comes to using a pizza stone to bake a frozen pizza, but there is no need to worry about the temperature difference between the stone and the frozen pizza. Just place the stone in the oven before preheating to the temperature specified on the pizza’s baking instructions. Make sure to keep the pizza frozen until immediately before baking.

Prevent Sticking

If the frozen pizza of your choice has a “clean” crust and if your stone is fairly new it helps to sprinkle a light dusting of cornmeal on to the stone to prevent sticking. Many frozen pizzas now have a light coating of cornmeal on the bottom, in which case this step can be skipped. Over time your pizza stone will build up a nice seasoned finish that will automatically prevent sticking.

Bake the Pizza

To bake, simply place the pizza directly onto the preheated stone. Rather than trying to wrangle a super-heated stone out of the oven, carefully slide out the oven rack that the stone is resting on and place the pizza on the stone. Follow the pizza manufacturer’s instruction for baking temperature and time.

Serve

Now that you have a glorious, perfectly baked pizza it can be slid off the baking stone or take the stone – pizza and all – out of the oven and place it on a heatproof surface or trivet. Some baking stones come with a special stand for serving. The pizza can be cut on the stone but take care not to use too much force.

It is possible to get fantastic, restaurant-quality results at home with even a frozen pizza by using a pizza stone, and this small investment will serve you well for years to come.