Cast Iron Pizza Pans – Things You Need to Know Before Buying

Pizza Pans – We love pizza, cooking a tasty one at home is a bit difficult. It’s not the recipe that is challenging; it’s the tools we use. With hundreds of different pizza pans, and pizza stones to choose from, which one should you pick? Do certain styles offer different results? In this article I will tell you about cast iron pizza pans.First do you want to make great pizzas at home? Or what do you use for making your great pizzas at home?   The most common approach to make delicious pizzas at home is to use a pizza stone. Pizza stones are inexpensive and you can create some fantastic pizzas with them. But the problem with them is, pizza stones are large and cumbersome, they aren’t easily moved when they are hot.The alternative is a pizza pan, which can be used for a range of other uses other than simply making pizza.But I know some questions arise in your mind:

Does a cast iron pizza pan actually make good pizza?

Cast iron pan is perfect retainer and conductor of heat which makes it ideal for making pizza. These features, and the slight lip that most pizza pans of this sort have, make cast iron pizza pans especially suited to pizza types that require a serious amount of heat.

A pizza with a thinner crust can also be easily made with a pizza pan and the high heat conductivity and heat retention of the cast iron pan ensures a crispy base which most of people like.

Can I use Pizza Pans for other purposes?

A cast iron pizza pan is not only suited to make great pizza, but many other meals.

It can be used as both a pizza pan and a griddle, and as they often incorporate handles which are portable you can use them both in oven and on the top of the stove. This means that you can not only use it to make great crispy-based pizza, but also to cook, roast, french fries, vegetables, kebabs, roast chicken, pancakes, crepes…

What Else You Can Tell About Pizza Pans?

•Cast iron is a brittle metal and care should be taken when moving and storing your pizza pan. Enamel and cast iron surfaces should also only be cut on with a cast iron friendly cutter – never with a stainless steel cutter.

•Pizza pans are not good at baking bread, the thin metal surface burns the base of the bread before the inside has a chance to cook.

Cast iron pizza pans are generally more expensive than pizza stone.

•A cast iron pizza pan is more portable and easier to handle than a pizza stone, but they are also very heavy.

•Pizza pans are often smaller than a pizza stones which makes them ideal for small ovens.

All in all, a cast iron pizza pan is a reliable alternative to the traditional pizza stone and a pan with a ceramic coating can be used in a multitude of ways in addition to being used to make pizza.

Things to Consider Before Buying a New Pizza Pan:

  • Consider the type of crust you want to prepare. Different types of pizza pans are best suited for different types of crusts.
  • Determine how many people you want to feed. If you have a large family, you may want to choose a 16-inch pan. On the other hand, a 14 or 12-inch pan would work great for small families.
  • Choose a metal that works best for the type of pizza you want to prepare.
  • Read reviews. If you’re still unsure what type of pizza pan you need, read reviews to find everything you need to know about the different types of pans available.
 

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