If you have been using other ways to get a pizza into the oven, that is fine. If you find yourself making more pizzas than a few then I find pizza peels do help with sliding a pizza into the oven
I only give examples of where to find pizza peels or other equipment you might need for making pizzas. I am in no way affiliated with the Web Restaurant Store. I am using them as an example of the kind of equipment to look for in your area or on the web.
When using a pizza peel, the peel should at least be as big as the size pizza you are making. Example, if you are making a 12" pizza then you should at least have a 12" width and 12" height pizza peel.
I used wooden pizza peels to slide my pies onto the pizza stone. Then I use metal pizza peels to take them out of the oven. The peel used to take the pizza out of the oven doesn’t have to be as big as the pizza, because the bottom of the pizza will have then set and a smaller peel can be used. I also use a metal peel to rotate the pie while it is in the oven. If one side is baking faster than the other side, then you need to rotate the pie. These kinds of peels are only needed if you are going to be making round pies, not Sicilian or other pizzas baked only on a screen, deep-dish pan or another kind of pan. If using the latter kind of pans then a big spatula or even tongs can rotate the pie. You can even take the latter kinds of pies out of the oven or rotate with either oven gloves or pot holders. Just be careful because your oven will be hot.
I do put either flour, rice flour, semolina, or cornmeal on the wooden peel before I place the skin of the pie on the peel. It makes it easier to then slide the pie into the oven. I am not saying to use the kind of flour I like the best, but I like rice flour to flour my wooden peel with. You can experiment and also find what kind of flour you prefer.
These are what wooden and metal pizza peels look like.
Wooden Peels, please scroll down.
Metal Pizza Peels, please scroll down.
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