Whilst making the video below I realised I’ve become a bit of a pizza gadget hoarder! It wasn’t my intention to collect this many pizza peels but most of them have a story.
Check out the video below to find out more about pizza peels, particularly if you are looking to buy one.
I've created a Pizza for Beginners YouTube playlist that gives some great tips to help your learning to cook pizza journey! Enjoy your Pizza Cooking!
WHAT IS A TURNING PEEL?
It’s a round headed pizza peel and is used to turn the pizza inside of the pizza oven. They are available in both solid and perforated metal.
WHAT IS A LAUNCH AND PLACEMENT PEEL?
It’s a square’ ish paddle type shape peel. The launch peels are available in wood and metal and are to be used only for launching the pizza into the oven.
A launch and placement peel can be used for launching and for turning the pizza.
You will need to retrieve the pizza from the oven to turn the pizza and then position it back into the oven with this type of peel.
WHY ARE SOME METAL PEELS PERFORATED?
The perforations are designed to allow the stone heat to keep the base of the pizza hot as you turn it in the pizza oven. It also allows for any excess flour/semolina/cornflour to drop away from the pizza base during the cook.
WOODEN PIZZA PEELS
These are used to launch the pizza into the oven and should not be used for cooking the pizza.
LONG AND SHORT HANDLED PEELS
The choice of peel should depend on the size of your pizza oven. For example, I can’t use the short handled Gozney Roccbox Peel in the Ooni Pro. I’ve tried! My hands got too close to the heat - ouch! So for the Ooni Pro which is a larger pizza oven than the Roccbox, I use a long-handled pizza peel.
The Gozney Roccbox short-handled peel is the perfect size for the Roccbox size oven, the Pizza Party Ardore and the Ooni Koda and Ooni 3.
So, if you are about to set out to buy pizza peels for your pizza oven, you can buy a peel that launches and you can cook the pizza with one like this: