What equipment and tools are essential for the home pizza maker?

I'm fairly new to pizza making. As someone who needs to load up on tools, what do you consider essential? I've already got a stone.

Marcos F.
posted about 5 years ago

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Here's a list of equipment I find invaluable when making pizzas. The stand mixer is a bit pricey, but the rest aren't too expensive

Stand Mixer
Infrared thermometer
Pizza peel
Instant read thermometer
Mixing bowls
Dough scraper
Measuring cups and spoons
Digital scale
Pizza pans and screens
Baking stone

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted about 5 years ago

I always recommend 2 stones or baking steels. Always

- Tony   about 5 years ago

Tony, we already have a steel and love it (the Modernist Cuisine version of the Baking Steel) It is 3/8" thick and is supposed to allow for baking 5-6 pizzas before needing to take a break for re-heating. Would you purchase a matching steel, or would there be any advantage to having a stone? My thought in purchasing the steel was that it was a big step up from stones because of the heat transfer and its heat sink capabilities, so it would make more sense to match it... Thanks, Ken K

- Ken   almost 5 years ago

The tool that is most useful is a wooden pizza peel. A dough scraper is nice to have. Less important but still nice is an infrared thermometer that goes up to say 900 degrees so you can measure the temperature of your stone before launching your pizza.

Jim S.
posted about 5 years ago

The one thing I would add to the list is prep bowls. I use lots of little glass ones for yeast, diastatic malt, salt, and small amounts of water. I use the Pyrex "pudding" dishes and various sizes of the small glass prep bowls from Crate and Barrel (search under glass bowls--they vary in size from 2 1/4 inches to about 4" in diameter. I use them as I usually make more than one recipe at a time, so I just measure and weigh ingredients at the same time (mis en place), and I am ready to go. (which reminds me---with regard to digital scales, and Tony mentions this in the book--you will want one for large amounts up to a few pounds by grams and a small palm scale that will weigh in .001s of a gram in order to weigh out yeast).

Ken K.
posted almost 5 years ago

Marcos On page 4 in the Pizza Bible I list all tools needed. I take it you never bought the book? Most of the items I listed were mentioned in previous comments. Both sizes steels work well. They are heavy. I work with Modernist Cuisine in their lab with pizza

Tony Gemignani admin
posted almost 5 years ago

I didn't have the book when I made my original post but have purchased some of the items since including scales, bowls. Some of the other stuff I already have. The mixer and blender I will get later because there expensive.

Marcos F.
posted almost 5 years ago

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