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elists100 Feb 1, 2008 08:03 AM

Is Pampered Chef's pizza stone somehow different or better than whatever other brands are out there? Lots of posts have positive opinions on the PC pizza stone but isn't it just an ordinary pizza stone? If it's truly special, then I want one!

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  1. ecustard RE: elists100 Feb 1, 2008 01:57 PM

    I have the rectangular one, which I received as a gift. While I don't think it's anything special I do like it very much. Odd background story on this gift is that they definitely supplied the wrong metal holder for my stone--clearly it's for the smaller round stone instead of the rectangular stone--but insisted it was the correct one despite the fact that the stone doesn't fit it in any way, shape or form. And adamantly refused to even consider an exchange. Oh well, I never use the holder anyway, since I leave the stone in my oven. But Pampered Chef also eliminated my ever buying something from them on my own.

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      PCUser RE: ecustard Feb 29, 2008 09:24 AM

      Sounds like whoever gave you the gift ordered the wrong rack. That is not PC's fault. If the gift giver had of realized it they could have sent it back free of charge and gotten the correct one. Of well!!

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        ecustard RE: PCUser Mar 2, 2008 12:53 AM

        It WAS PC's fault. It WAS the gift giver who attempted to exchange the rack for the correct one. Pampered Chef insisted it was the correct rack despite the fact that the stone doesn't fit it. Sorry PC isn't perfect.

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      Cookincountry RE: elists100 Feb 1, 2008 02:56 PM

      I have some stone Pampered Chef products and some other companies ... they are the same .. the only difference is the price! I found a never-used pampered chef bowl at a garage sale for $5. I use it for "quiche" (like the real thing with less cream) ... I think all stoneware is great no matter what kind it is as long as its of good quality

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        ziggylu RE: elists100 Feb 1, 2008 07:35 PM

        I have the round one. I use it and like it but it's not any different than similar found in stores. It's not as thick actually as many of them that are out there. I've had it for over ten years and haven't had reason to replace it but if I ever do next time around I"ll definitely go for a thicker one in a larger rectangle - for less money. ( I had a good friend that sold PC back then so occasionally would buy something from her to help her out. In general I've never been displeased with anything I've bought from them but most of their stuff can be had out in the market for less money. I dno't think I would specifically go looking for something from them unless i was again doing someone a favor).

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          peppatty RE: elists100 Mar 1, 2008 09:28 AM

          I don't know how much the pc pizza stone is, but I bought a round stone with rack for about $12-14 at Bed Bath and Beyond. If you like making pizza, it is really the only way to make the crust crispy. Plus, with stores like Trader Joes selling great pizza dough, there's no excuse for not making pizza a home. BTW I just leave it on the bottom rack in the oven even when I'm baking other things for storage. It doesn't interfere with baking at all.

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            Cheflambo RE: peppatty Mar 14, 2008 01:14 PM

            I chose a PC pizza stone as a gift with my Amazon gift cert this year and although I've only used it a couple of times, I do like it. The rack was a nice bonus, and the whole rig stays in the oven most of the time (as peppatty suggested) without interfering with anything. I have a VERY small kitchen an no where else to keep it!

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            kaync RE: elists100 Apr 15, 2009 05:33 AM

            Pampered Chef stones are sooooo different. I have another brand and the surface feels sort of rough compared to the smooth stone of Pampered Chef.

            1. Fritter RE: elists100 Apr 15, 2009 08:10 AM

              If you want to use it on a grill or at high temps avoid the PC pizza stones. They break. The Big Green Egg co. makes them out of ceramic which IMO is the best material for a pizza stone whether you use it in the oven or on the grill.

              http://www.nakedwhiz.com/pizza.htm

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                shelbyeileen RE: Fritter Apr 16, 2009 10:46 AM

                I thought that the PC stone was ceramic...

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                  Fritter RE: shelbyeileen Apr 16, 2009 12:02 PM

                  PC stones are billed as "stoneware" . They may be a type of ceramic but IMO it doesn't matter much since a quick search will show there a lot of complaints about them breaking.

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                  ziggylu RE: Fritter Apr 17, 2009 01:42 PM

                  FWIW - we use my PC stone on our BGE every week. Hasn't cracked yet. I"ve been waiting for it to happen but this a almost a year now of weekly use without any problem. Stone itself is more than ten years old. Lives in my oven when it isn't being used on the grill for pizza so gets lots of use.

                  I'm not actually a big fan of PC stuff. I bought this originally because a roommate was selling PC and I wanted to support her. Seems to be a decently made stone but like I mentioned above I don't think it's any better than what you can find in the stores.

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                  grant.cook RE: elists100 Apr 16, 2009 11:49 AM

                  Its just an ordinary pizza stone. I've cooked on PC stones and others... there's no functional difference. I suppose the PC guarantee is a nice perk..

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                    PattiCakes RE: grant.cook Apr 17, 2009 11:55 AM

                    Had a PC pizza stone, dropped it & it broke. Got a W&S stone as a replacement for Christmas. I don't see the need for a pizza stone rack -- I use a peel to get the pizza out of the oven, then slide it onto a big board for serving. Now that I have discovered Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day, that stone is getting a work out, and it just stays in my oven all the time (even when I'm baking something other than bread/pizza). It is a heavy sucker!

                  2. chowser RE: elists100 Apr 17, 2009 04:36 PM

                    I have a round PC pizza stone and it works great but I just bought cheap quarry tiles from Home Depot (45 cents each) and they work just as well.

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