Here's the situation: I bought a nice, heavy ceramic pizza stone from Crate and Barrel a few months ago. I have an incredibly hot gas oven. This should be a match made in heaven, but I'm having some serious problems with pizzas sticking to the paddle and the stone. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Here are some things I've tried/noticed so far:
1. Cornmeal only helps so much. I can't use as much as I'd like because some particles invariably come loose and incinerate on the pizza stone, filling my kitchen with black smoke. Firefighters are sexy and all, but I don't want to share my pizza. (grin)
2. I friend of mine seasons his pizza stone by baking cookies on it. He swears that once the grease permeates the ceramic, he has no more trouble with sticking. However, the instructions that came with my stone said that I mustn't get any grease on it because the grease will smoke and create off smells.
3. Making smaller pizzas seems to help, but it hasn't entirely solved the problem.
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