The cooking stone used for baking the pizza in the oven and grill has many more applications you can think of. This can be used to make bread, cookies, French fries, nuggets, biscuits and flat breads etc. You have the option of using the grill (gas, electric and charcoal based) or the oven. You may also use the traditional brick oven without causing any sort of damages to the structure of the cooking stone. In fact this can withstand a temperature up to 2,000 degrees (F) with fluctuations.
Thermal Shock Proof Cooking Stone
The fluctuations in temperature can happen in gas or brick ovens as well as the grill. In such instances the cooking stone is capable of absorbing the shocks without getting brittle.
- This property is said to be highly useful in protecting the food from being charred. For example you can think of the moment when you are making a cookie. The time taken for the complete cooking of the dough takes more time. This is due to the relative thickness of the dough. Sometimes the thickness may vary along the length of the cookie, making it uneven. When the cookie is subject to heat variations within short intervals of time, some parts may remain uncooked while the other parts may get charred. With the cooking stone you don’t need to fear about any such probability. The thermal distribution of the stone will remain uniform regardless of the fluctuation of heat from the source. This is said to be due to the high heat retention property of the cooking stone.
- Making of bread on the cooking stone is a simple and fast process. The yeast and other ingredients added to the dough spread uniformly throughout the length and thickness of the bread, making it soft and tasty. This is made possible due to the endurance property of the cooking stone to thermal shocks from the brick oven or the gas and electric ovens.
Crispy layer Formation on the Cooking Stone
The formation of crispy layer on the surface is required not only for the pizza, but also the chicken nuggets. The first process of preparing the nugget is the breading / battering of the chicken. In some cases the bones may be removed, while in others the bones are retained. When the nuggets are placed on the cooking stone to be baked, the uniform thermal conductivity ensures optimum baking within the set time.
Formation of crispy layer on the pizza can happen in the oven as well in the grill at uniform rate. You may choose to cook the pizza directly on the source of heat or indirectly away from the heat source. In both cases you can ensure optimum crispiness. The heat retention property of the cooking stone can be helpful in gradual crisp formation when placed away from the source of heat. The same principle applies for the making of cookies, biscuits and bread on the cooking stone. Once you are sure of these two characteristics of the cooking stone, you can choose it without hesitation.