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The Best $2 Pizza Stone

on 10.3.2016 at 7:59am
14 Comments

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My family loves pizza! It is a perfect go-to meal. My secret to great pizza is a 12” brick tile I got at Lowes. It probably seems a little bit strange, but it works.

All you need to get is a cheap, unglazed 12″ brick tile from the garden section of your local home improvement store. Make sure it is unglazed to avoid chemicals. It is also a good idea to thoroughly wash it and pre-bake it before you use it.

If you don’t have heating coils on the floor of your oven, then you can just put the tile directly on the oven floor. If you do have an electric heating coil on the floor, then put the tile on a rack on the lowest shelf right above the heating element.

The best reasons to put a big, flat brick in your oven and leave it there all the time:

-It’s really cheap. They are currently available at Lowe’s for $1.47.

-It functions as an incredibly efficient pizza stone.

-The earthen material absorbs and radiates the heat of your oven. The metal walls of your oven don’t absorb and radiate heat nearly as well as earthen materials do; metal conducts heat. This means that food will be heated more evenly than it would be in an oven without any earthen material.

I bought the stone so that I could bake pizza using this recipe. You could use any store-bought or homemade pizza with the brick tile. The best part is that baking on a brick tile will cook dough significantly better than metal sheet pans, or even, in my opinion many store-bought pizza stones.

To cook pizza, you will preheat your brick tile in your oven on its highest setting for half an hour, then use a pizza peel to slide your raw pizza on the tile for 5-10 minutes. Yes, that’s a lot of heat. In the summer it makes me cringe a little, but it’s great in the winter.

Homemade pizza is cheap to make, it’s fun to make with your kids (my girls love to help top the pizza), and it’s delicious. The secret to our family’s homemade pizza is the brick tile. Your friends may think it’s weird until they eat your perfectly baked pizza.

Be sure to check back tomorrow! I’m going to teach you all about making easy homemade pizza. We are also going to look into the costs to see if it actually saves money.

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    • Tamera

      Such a great idea! I am going to send my hubby to pick one up today!

    • Holly

      Are you sure that there are not any issues with using a nonfood quality stone for cooking on? I purchased my stone through Pampered Chef and it works great, too.

      • jenn

        the stones are made from clay and other natural materials. People have used this type of materials for cooking for years.

        • Christina S

          Sorry, but those pavers from Lowe’s and HD are dyed concrete blends, not clay like real bricks. If anyone uses one please top with parchment or foil.

          • Toni

            Even if you used foil or parchment paper, would the oven’s heat cause chemicals to be released into the air of your oven and absorbed into your food? I wonder. Also, there are both safe and toxic parchment papers out there. The cheap parchment papers that are sold for baking nonetheless have toxic chemicals on them.

    • Tom Tucker

      I would NOT do this. There are all kinds of chemicals used to create concrete pavers. Just buy a pizza stone like this one at Bed bath and beyond: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=11932509 – its 14.99 + 5 dollar off coupon… And you don’t have to worry about industrial chemicals.

      I applaud trying to save money, but its not worth your health.

      • Toni Woodbury

        Yeah, I was reading about some of the additives that can be used in these paving stone tiles, and the list includes latex, talc, hydrocarbon resins, coal tar pitches, lime, silicates, tallow, various petroleum products, ammonium, butyl stearates, and oleic, caprylic, and capric derivatives. This is a partial list. Some of these admixtures damp-proof the tiles and others provide for a stronger bonding together of the ingredients in the tiles. Maybe there are other purposes for additives, as well. I would definitely be sure I was getting a food-grade tile and not just any tile.

    • Rita

      I love this! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Jules

      I was told that it is great for baking cookies on – gives them the perfect texture. I can’t wait to test that out too.

    • Leah_SC

      If you have any concerns about using the tile, place your pizza on parchment paper before you put it in the oven. It makes for sliding it onto the stone a lot easier and your food never has to touch the stone. Just make sure to cut the excess parchment paper out from around the pizza to prevent it from burning. I’ve used a pizza stone for years with my homemade recipe and I think it’s better than any other pizza! :)

      • Toni Woodbury

        Would parchment paper really protect you? Is it porous? Or could chemicals be released from the stone by the heat of the oven and be absorbed by the pizza?

    • BJ_NC

      has anybody tried to use this on a grill?

    • BJ_NC

      has anybody tried to use this on a grill?

    • Toni Woodbury

      Sometimes you get what you pay for. Food grade baking stones cost more because they are food-safe. Paving tiles, even unglazed ones, can be poisonous.