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Feb 23, 2009 09:08 AM

Is a pizza peel worth buying?

I love pizza, and some peels are on sale at nearby store. I hear that a peel is the key to success with homemade pizza. I usually make small pizzas and pull the stone from the oven with mitts. These peels aren't expensive, but I'm short on kitchen real estate and look for tools that are truly worth it.

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  1. "Key to success" might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it's definitely very helpful for pizza and bread and cheap wooden ones are often under $10. They are easy to store - one intrepid chowhound in another thread even hung his on a magnetic hook on the side of the fridge.

    1. If you make pizzas with reasonable frequency, yes. I find it makes the whole experience significantly easier. Plus, because its flat, it's easy to store. I slide mine between the oven and the wall to keep it out of the way.

      1. I keep mine in a double paper bag standing on edge between the refrigerator and the adjacent wall. It took me many years to convince myself to purchase one and I'm still angry with myself for having waited so long. I use it in making small pizzas, large pizzas, and breads and, although I leave my pizza stone in the oven to cool, it has made my life in the "Pizza Kitchen" a lot better. Go get one ....

        1. A peel makes it all so much easier for me. I would probably burn myself and drop everything on the bottom of the oven if I tried to get a pizza on the stone without using a peel.

          1. I finally broke down and bought one and am happy I did. I got it for about $5 at Ross and store it w/ my cutting boards. It's so much faster putting the pizza in but more importantly removing the pizza is a piece of cake. It's great for bread, too, but it's the removal that makes it worthwhile. But, I often make back to back pizzas and removing the stone is a pain, plus it gives it a chance to cool down.

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            1. re: chowser

              Chowser, removing the pizza "is a peice of bread" -- no? See my note below about removing the stone from the oven -- don't.

              1. re: JRCann

                That's what I meant that I'm glad I bought the pizza peel. Before I got mine, if I made multiple pizzas, I'd move it out, remove pizza and put it back in. With the peel, pizza removal is easy. I leave my pizza stone in the oven all the time because it also helps maintain oven temperature when I'm baking cookies and switching racks.