Look, we adore a good old-fashioned pizza. Vegetarian, meat lovers, Hawaiian, barbecue. It doesn’t matter. Our love affair for a 12-inch pie persists, and it will continue for many years.
That said, we do crave for a little variety. Just something more than frozen pizza we throw in the oven, pizza from the store down the street, or the mediocre but very expensive pizza from the restaurant in the heart of the Financial District. Is that too much to ask for?
Well, if it is something fun, exciting, and new you’re searching for, then perhaps it is time that you acquire an outdoor pizza oven. These not only enhance the flavour of your pizza, it also amplifies the atmosphere, which is great if you’re entertaining friends, family, or the boss.
But there are a few things to be aware of, particularly if you’re a novice when it comes to cranking up the outdoor pizza oven. You don’t want to burn the pizza…or the house.
Here are five tips for first-time users of outdoor pizza ovens:
1. Take the Time to Preheat Your Oven
When you’re hungry, your patience wears thin; you metastasize into an impetuous individual, looking to devour everything in your sight.
You can’t behave in that manner when you’re baking a pie using an outdoor pizza oven.
Akin to a typical kitchen oven, you will need to set aside some time to preheat the oven. It would be unwise to simply toss your pizza – frozen or fresh – into a lukewarm outdoor oven.
2. Don’t Spike the Oven Temperature
A noisy stomach. A clenched jaw. A string saliva emanating from your mouth. Your hunger will drive you to untold regions of the soul, including the elimination of common sense.
To bypass the length of time it takes to preheat your oven or cook your pizza, you will spike the outdoor oven temperature. Bad idea! Since outdoor pizza ovens are durable and strong, you only need to set the oven temperature to low or medium. It doesn’t need to be high.
3. How You Cook the Pizza Depends on Type
What kind of pizza are you making? This is an important question to answer because how you cook the pizza really depends on the type. For instance, if you’re cooking store-bought frozen pie, then the amount of time, temperature settings, and other elements will vary. Ditto for homemade pizza.
4. Be Careful What Wood You Use
An outdoor oven pizza will require – for the most part – wood. You may use soft woods, since they are better for your pocketbook. But you didn’t invest in an outdoor pizza oven for pecuniary reasons. Therefore, since you can heave the oven as high as 500 degrees, you can utilize a wide variety of hardwoods, such as cherry, birch, ash, or maple, which will give you a crispy, sweet, and smoky crust.
Yum! And, as you become accustomed to the oven, you can eventually experiment.
Is it dinner time yet?
5. Safety First!
When your stomach is imploding, safety doesn’t necessarily come first – your taste buds do.
However, when you’re working with a piece of equipment like an outdoor pizza oven, you will need to employ safety measures to ensure that you are protected. Wearing gloves, maintaining a moderate temperature, and using a wooden spatula, these are protocols you can incorporate into your cooking routine.
Remember, if you’re hurt, then you can’t eat pie. There’s the silver lining you crave!
Outdoor pizza ovens are incredible additions to any home. They are also a wonderful complement to your culinary skills – impressing your neighbours will be easy in this regard!
But you can’t dive headfirst into your outdoor pizza oven. You will need to read the instructions, install household safety procedures, and find out the best way to make your pies. Moreover, the more you (correctly) use your oven, the more you can try out different foods, like burgers, cookies, and lasagnas.
So, with that out of the way, let’s ask: do you want mushrooms on your pizza?