17 Essential Pizza Making Tools for 2021
Making pizza at home might seem intimidating at first, but with the right pizza making tools, you can learn to craft delicious artisan pies right in your own oven. How about putting out a spread of toppings and letting everyone add their own for a family pizza night? Or maybe sign up for some online pizza making classes to get some professional tips?
With this collection of pans, peels and other pizza making tools, you will be turning out pies like a pro before you know it. You don’t really need a brick oven in your backyard, but who knows where this might lead? Here are our suggestions for top-quality pizza making tools.
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Best Pizza Making Tools
While you don’t need a lot of special equipment to make good pizza, these pizza making tools can make the process easier. Let’s face it: Who doesn’t love a new gadget?
1. Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Pastry Blender
A pastry blender might not be the first pizza utensil that comes to mind, but Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Pastry Blender definitely fits under the category of pizza making accessories. It is a great way to cut wet ingredients into dry, like oil into flour.
2. Henckels Cheese Grater
This handy tool is one of the best cooking utensils for perfectly shredded mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan or other cheese toppings. The small holes of the Henckels Cheese Gater result in ultra-fine shavings of cheese for a melty layer on your pie.
3. Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Pastry Dough Scraper
A scraper is a versatile pizza tool. It’s perfect for scraping up dough when you are kneading a crust or picking up mushrooms, peppers and other chopped toppings. Mrs. Anderson's Baking Pastry Dough Scraper is great for other cooking and baking uses, too.
4. The Cuisinart Elite Collection 4-Cup Chopper/Grinder
This little powerhouse of a chopper/grinder definitely has a place in the pizza making process. The Cuisinart Elite Collection 4-Cup Chopper/Grinder is useful for chopping toppings or puréeing tomatoes for sauce. This handy pizza making accessory is also super easy to clean.
5. Zwilling Kitchen Scale
Get the measurements just right with the Zwilling Kitchen Scale that is accurate to 0.1oz/1g and able to weigh up to 22lb/10kg. An easy-to-read LCD display switches from metric to U.S. measurements and the scale charges quickly with an included USB cable. This is one of the most important pizza making tools you can own because precise measurements are so important in baking.
6. Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 11-Cup Food Processor
Mix dough, shred cheese or chop and slice toppings with this workhorse small kitchen appliance. The compact Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 11-Cup Food Processor comes with two slicing discs, a shredding disc, a chopping/mixing blade and two sizes of pushers. This will quickly become one of your favorite pizza making tools.
Best Pizza Stones
Banish the soggy bottom with a pizza stone for a nice, crisp crust every time. Here are some of the best pizza stones available:
7. Fante's Pizza 13" Stone
Your homemade pizza will taste like it came out of a brick oven with Fante's Pizza 13" Stone. You can use the stone in any type of conventional oven or even on the grill. A metal cradle (not oven safe) is included for serving or transporting.
8. Nordic Ware Deluxe Square Pizza Stone With Rack
This versatile square stone works with round or rectangular pizzas. The Nordic Ware Deluxe Square Pizza Stone With Rack also comes with a handy stainless steel carrying rack for serving or taking along to a party. It is oven and grill safe and manufactured in the USA.
Best Pizza Peel
It may seem like a luxury, but pizza is made in a scorching hot oven, so a pizza peel is definitely a necessary pizza making tool.
9. Fante's Pizza Peel
Forget the oven mitts and get a pizza peel. The flat surface easily slides under the dough and the long handle lets you slip the pie into and out of the oven without burning yourself. Fante's Pizza Peel is the best pizza peel for the job with a paddle wide enough to handle a large 14" pizza.
Best Pizza Cutter
Sure, you could use a knife, but a pizza cutter is one of the ultimate pizza utensils. A real, well-balanced rotary pizza cutter will quickly become one of your favorite pizza making tools.
10. Ateco Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter
Slice through any crust with ease with the Ateco Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter. This is the best pizza cutter for Chicago-style deep-dish, and this versatile pizza making tool is useful for cutting pasta, pastry or fondant, too.
Best Pizza Pans
The pan is another important pizza making tool. Choose between round or rectangular, or flat or deep-dish styles.
11. Ballarini 3-Pc Pizza Pan Set
If you are just starting out on your homemade pizza adventure, the Ballarini 3-Pc Pizza Pan Set is the best collection of pizza pans to invest in. The set comes with two non-stick pans, a circular and a rectangular, plus a cutter. The raised edges keep the pizza from sliding and the non-stick surface is easy to clean.
12. Staub Traditional 11" Skillet
Yes, this is a frying pan, but it is also one of the best pizza making tools you can own. Start your crust in the Staub Traditional 11" Skillet on the stovetop to ensure a nicely browned and crispy bottom, and then transfer it into a 500°F oven to finish it off, making it one of the best deep-dish pizza pans around. This is one of the best cast iron pans to pass down as a family heirloom.
13. Anolon Advanced Bakeware 10" x 15" 2-Piece Crisper Pan Set
The Anolon Advanced Bakeware 10" x 15" 2-Piece Crisper Pan Set is one of the best pizza making tools for getting that nice crispy, crunchy bottom crust. The secret is the raised insert that allows hot air to circulate under the pie. The set also works for cookies, bread, rolls and more. The non-stick surface simplifies clean-up, and the silicone-coated grips make handling much safer.
14. Nordic Ware Baker's Delight 3-Pc Set
This three-piece set is useful for all kinds of baking, but it makes a great pizza making tool, too. The Nordic Ware Baker's Delight 3-Pc Set is made in the U.S. from aluminum, so these pans conduct heat very well and won’t warp or rust. The set includes one half sheet, one quarter sheet and one jelly roll pan.
15. Mrs. Anderson's Half Sheet Baking Pan
This is a sturdy half sheet baking pan that is the perfect size for cookies, rolls, pastries, bread and, of course, pizza. Mrs. Anderson's Half Sheet Baking Pan is a great choice if you are just starting to collect pizza making tools.
16. Nordic Ware Naturals 16" Hot Air Pizza Crisper
One of the best pizza pans for making a crispy crust bottom, this is a must-have pizza making tool. The center perforations in the Nordic Ware Naturals 16" Hot Air Pizza Crisper create air currents that bathe the bottom of the pie in warmth and give you those restaurant-quality crusts.
17. Nordic Ware Deep-Dish Pizza Pan
One of the best deep-dish pizza pans you will find, the Nordic Ware Deep-Dish Pizza Pan is made from aluminum. This is important because it conducts heat evenly and bakes great cakes, but it's also a really useful pizza making tool for the Chicago-style deep-dish variety. Deep-dish pizza is so thick it needs consistent heating in order to cook evenly. This pan won’t rust and it’s made in America.
It is a joy to work with good equipment and shopping for pizza making tools is a lot of fun. This could be the start of a new culinary adventure with dough, sauce and cheese. Get some of these top-quality pizza making tools and start baking!
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