Baking Stones Testing

This week in the Test Kitchen, we tested four brands of baking stones to be featured in an upcoming issue of Cook’s Illustrated.

One of the smaller stones tested, this 15-inch round ceramic stone heated evenly and was easy to take in and out of the oven.

The Charcoal Companion PizzaQue Pizza Stone Grill has a removable metal stand complete with a built in thermometer for monitoring temperatures on the grill.

As part of our testing, we baked  three-meat and cheese calzones for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.

Size was a factor and some stones were more cumbersome than others.

Looking for even browning, this calzone clearly missed the mark.

Assistant Editor Meredith Butcher slices into each calzone after baking to assess whether the dough is fully cooked and cheese melted.

After a week of testing and multiple burns, we prefer large square stones with feet underneath for easy maneuvering in and out of the oven.

Stay tuned for more testing updates here are ATK!

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm  Comments (10)  

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  1. Very interesting. I like to use the metal rack that can be bought with some stones, to help move the stone in and out of the oven. I’ve never noticed that it affects the purpose of the stone, but it provides and easier handle to maneuver the stone in and out of the oven.

  2. My favorite use of my pizza stone is when cooking frozen pizzas that say to cook direct on the wire rack- I put them on the upper rack, with the stone on the lower rack. When it’s done, I take the pizza out and put it on the heated stone. It keeps the pizza warm and the bottom crispy.

  3. For the one that cooked unevenly it looks like the stone was at the front of the reck, which would block the heat.

  4. […] writes directly to you from America’s Test Kitchen, which is super cool in and of itself, but his most recent post is about testing the different pizza stones available to us all. I’m going to subscribe and […]

  5. Um, the images on this are mostly missing and one odd one is there. Hacked?

    • cs for CPK – I just checked and all of the photos are there and look ok on our end. may i ask what web browser you are using?

      • Was using IE7. Seem ok now.

  6. I also saw the strange and missing images. Tinypic image in its place saying image has been moved. I checked in Safari, Firefox and Chrome browsers.

    If you’re not seeing it, I suggest refreshing your browser.

  7. I have seen some comparison of stones before, but I know you guys do it the best. One thought, though. A few places suggested just getting unglazed ceramic tiles from a place like Home Depot. I don’t know the evenness of the heat, but they are MUCH more inexpensive.

  8. […] writes directly to you from America’s Test Kitchen, which is super cool in and of itself, but his most recent post is about testing the different pizza stones available to us all. I’m going to subscribe and […]


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