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Offline whochee

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pizza on aluminum foil
« on: March 20, 2006, 10:09:31 PM »
Has anyone used aluminum foil on top of a pizza stone.  I was considering trying to make a pizza on the non-sticky side of reynolds non-stick aluminum foil and placing it on the stone using an aluminum peel (so that the slippery side of the aluminum foil is against the peel), so that I can slide it easily onto the stone.  Is there anything that may make this a bad idea.  Thanks much for your replys!
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Re: pizza on aluminum foil
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2006, 11:50:38 PM »
You'll lose the benefit of the stone.  Being porous, the stone absorbs moisture from the dough.  This creates a browned and crispy bottom.  With foil, you'll have a white, soggy bottom. 
Since joining this forum, I've begun using words like "autolyze" and have become anal about baker's percents.  My dough is forever changed.

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Re: pizza on aluminum foil
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2006, 12:25:31 AM »
Thats the impression I had also.... but the fibrament d stone  (www.bakingstone.com) place mentioned in their faq that aluminum foil....if i remember correctly.....wasn't all that bad (which seemed strange)....thanks for the advice.....soggy pizza's for the birds....
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Re: pizza on aluminum foil
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2006, 12:05:18 PM »
Now, I'm brand new to all of this, but from what I've heard, my impression is that if you use a bit of cornmeal it won't stick as much.  All you pros out there, feel free to rebut this if I'm wrong!

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Re: pizza on aluminum foil
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2006, 12:48:03 PM »
whochee,

I have a Fibrament stone and I have read the FAQ on aluminum foil that you mentioned. As you may have noted, the question on using aluminum foil was raised in the context of not wanting to stain the stone. The answer talked about the possibility of thermal shock, but my view is that if the stone can't handle a normal (or even wet) pizza dough--which is the purpose of the stone in the first place--it can't be much of a stone. We know for a fact that the stone can handle pizza dough, whether it is on aluminum foil or not. Maybe if someone put a frozen pizza directly on a very hot stone there could be an issue of thermal shock, but even there I am not entirely convinced. However, I don't plan to test the theory.

There is nothing wrong per se with using a sheet of aluminum foil. It's not much different than using an aluminum pizza pan except that it is much thinner. But, as thin as it is, the aluminum foil will still provide some thermal "drag" because, like an aluminum pizza pan, it has to heat up before the pizza can bake and the bottom of the crust starts to brown. If you wish to use the aluminum foil, for the reason you mentioned, I would wait until the pizza sets up and is rigid and then remove the aluminum foil so that the pizza can get decent bottom crust browning by virtue of being in direct contact with the very hot stone. The negative to doing this is that you have to open the oven door, which will cause you to lose oven heat. So, I would do it as fast as possible. Maybe you can try it out and let us know what the results are.

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Re: pizza on aluminum foil
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2006, 11:09:49 PM »
I tried Peters advice and came to the conclusion that aluminum foil is a waste of time and effort.  The fibrament is a nice stone and I have had good results precooking the crust for a few minutes before adding toppings as well as putting the whole pizza in at once, i guess it depends on how thick your crust is an how you like it.  I was thinking about getting another stone for the top rack in my oven, or is there anything cheaper that would work just as good without worry of any kinds of problems.  I guess i will keep checking ebay for a used stone.

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Re: pizza on aluminum foil
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2006, 01:12:17 PM »
skip the foil.