So, you want to be a pizza pro? Do you want to show off to friends, family, and colleagues that you can cook a pie a la Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, or the generations-old restaurants in the heart of Florence, Sicily, or Rome?
Well, it is time to ditch the kitchen stove then and instead invest in an outdoor pizza oven.
Outdoor pizza ovens are becoming the next big thing in the amateur culinary world. With our sudden newfound love of cooking, many homes are installing outdoor pizza ovens in their patios. Not only is it a great way to cook food, it is a great design piece to complement your outdoor furniture pieces.
You may not be accustomed to using something like an outdoor pizza oven – it’s all about the microwave and toaster for you – but with a little bit of practice, you can achieve your dreams.
Here are five ways to use your outdoor pizza oven:
1. Pre-Heat Your Oven for 15 Minutes
There is one similarity between an outdoor pizza oven and a more conventional one: pre-heating.
Many of us are too impetuous that we abandon this simple concept and just toss our food in the oven. If you’re making a dish from scratch, then it is critical to pre-heat your oven first.
That said, you need to pre-heat your outdoor pizza oven for at least 10 to 15 minutes before placing your margherita, vegetarian, or meat lover’s pie on the slab.
2. Concentrate on Internal Pizza Temperatures
The next important step to consider is the internal temperature of your pizza. This can be hard to do, but there is a rudimentary solution for this concern: keeping an eye on the built-in temperature gauge that has been installed on top of the machine.
If you do this, then you will have a great tasting pie.
3. What’s the Best Temperature to Use?
It is true that the temperatures and cooking times will vary on a wide array of conditions: outside temperatures, the type of food, and if the meal is fresh or frozen.
For the most part, the ideal baking temperature for any pizza is anywhere from 400 degrees Fahrenheit to 550 degrees Fahrenheit (again, this depends on the kind of dough, if the pizza is store-bought, and if it is an artisan style pizza).
4. Select the Right Wood for the Oven
As you will quickly learn about your outdoor pizza oven, the wood you utilize can affect the taste of your scrumptious pizza. The wood is essentially the seasoning you cannot see.
The experts recommend households to use one of two types of wood to burn: apple or cherry wood. If you have these, then you can experience a wonderful taste.
5. Ensure Your Pizza Oven is Clean
Like a more traditional stove, your outdoor pizza oven can get dirty on the inside. It happens: the cheese has melted too much, grease has fallen off the pie, and there are some leftover mushrooms on the side of the oven.
Before you embark upon a culinary adventure for the evening, you must ensure that your outdoor pizza oven is clean, bacteria-free, and sterile. Otherwise, your end product will be a failure.
Imagine this: it is the end of spring; it is a bit cool, the stars are out in full force, and perhaps spring fever is in the air. You and your friends sit on your patio, listening to the sounds of J.S. Bach or Teddy Wilson, enjoying the aroma of freshly baked pie resting in your outdoor pizza oven. Once it is complete, you take a bite out of the crust, the cheese, the toppings. It is incredible. As soon as the party is over, everyone remembers just how much fun it was. You’ll be a popular person from now on. And it is all thanks to your new outdoor pizza oven.