Everyone loves a good pizza.
It’s the cheesy delight that is perfect for movie nights with your friends, a large family lunch or a great treat if you have kids who are picky eaters. I would be surprised if there was any place in the world that did not have a pizzeria (Antarctica maybe?).
But mastering your very own home-made pizza recipe is a feat every home cook needs to accomplish. If you are planning to cook up the perfect pizza, you would need a crunchy yet fluffy crust, a great sauce and your favorite toppings. Most of all, you would need the best pizza pan for your oven that can help you achieve that perfect crust.
You can either go for a pizza pan or a pizza stone to bake your pizza. A pizza stone needs to be preheated in the oven and the pizza assembly, in this case, happens on your countertop. To transfer the pizza to the stone, you would need a pizza peel.
A pizza pan, on the other hand, is much easier to use. You don’t need to preheat your oven and you can assemble the pizza directly in the pan. A pizza that is baked on a stone is free form in size and has more varying flavors and textures. However, a pizza baked in a pizza pan is the size of the pan itself and has a uniform texture.
I have compiled a list of the best pizza pans for your oven so that you can enjoy that perfect pizza at home.
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Old Stone Oven Rectangular Pizza Stone
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This 14-inch by 16-inch pizza stone by Old Stone is a great option for those looking to get a restaurant style, crispy and chewy pizza crust. It absorbs heat well and its specially engineered cordierite heat core eliminates soggy centers giving you peace of mind whilst cooking.
It is crafted from a blend of lead-free clays so you can be sure that it’s safe for your family. The Old Stone rectangular pizza stone is durable and can withstand high temperatures in the oven making it crack free.
In addition to a great pizza, you can use it to bake bread or vegetables as well. There are raised edges at the bottom of the stone that allow you to easily pick it up and transfer it from the oven to your countertop. This really comes in handy because it weighs a hefty 10 pounds, as a good pizza stone should.
Lodge P14P3 Pro-Logic Cast Iron Pizza Pan
If you are more of a pizza pan person, you should consider going for the Lodge Pro-Logic Cast Iron Pizza Pan. The 14-inch round pizza pan heats quickly and evenly giving you a perfectly cooked and precisely shaped pizza.
It comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil so you don’t have to waste time seasoning it before the first use. However, for future uses, make sure you follow the proper procedure for regularly seasoning your cast iron pan to ensure the best results every time.
After every use, wash it gently by hand using soap and water. It would be best if you use just water. Dry it with a paper towel or a soft kitchen cloth until completely dry. Next, rub some vegetable oil or olive oil on the surface.
This seasoning process gives your pan longevity and also keeps food from sticking to it when cooking. The pan comes with side loop handles that give a safe and secure grip when transporting it to or from the oven.
The cast-iron pizza pan is sturdy and durable and will last you decades if properly cared for. Since cast iron is such a great conductor of heat, the cooking time when working with this pan is reduced. This pan can be safely used in the oven as well as the grill or the stove, giving you many versatile uses for it.
Although the pan gives you a 14-inch pizza, it measures approximately 16 by 15 by 2-1/2 inches. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
- Pan is designed for cooking the perfect golden-crust pizza
- Also ideal for preparing a wide variety of meat, fish, vegetables etc
- Loop handles on both sides enable easy lifting into/from the oven
- Cast iron provides unparalleled distribution of heat in order to prevent hot spots, scorching and burning
- The pan's renowned heat retention properties also ensure that cooking time is reduced
Cuisinart AMB-14PP Chef’s Classic Nonstick Bakeware 14-Inch Pizza Pan
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This 14-inch pizza pan by Cuisinart comes with a perforated surface that gives your pizza crust a crispy texture and a distinct pattern. It is made from heavy gauge aluminized steel makes it not only safe for health but also great at cooking your pizza quickly and evenly.
The non-stick surface gives an added advantage of food not sticking to the surface, making it easy to release your pizza and transfer it to a serving tray after cooked. The non-stick surface is also easy to clean as compared to the cast-iron pan but it definitely requires more maintenance.
As with all non-stick cookware, you need to make sure you only use plastic, wood or silicon-based utensils with it. The thick rolled edges prevent warping and make it suitable to use on high temperatures. The Cuisinart pizza pan is dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to worry about quick clean-up and can enjoy your home-made pizza in peace.
The pan weighs roughly 1.8 pounds so it is considerably lighter than the stone and the cast iron pan, making it easier to maneuver around the kitchen. It would also be a much better choice if you are as clumsy a person as I am and plan on dropping it on your big toe (ouch). The pan comes with a limited lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.
All three of these pans are great options for making homemade pizzas in your oven. If you are looking for more versatility, go for the cast iron pan.
If you are someone who enjoys a hearty slice of pizza more than once a week, invest in the pizza stone and if you prefer the convenience of non-stick cookware, go for the Cuisinart pizza pan.
Whatever your choice, I assure you, you will not be disappointed as all three of these pans are top of the line and come with highly positive reviews.