Yeah, Lodge is the cheaper non-overseas option over here, but if you find something second hand that’s the right size, give’er!
Dubious crust antics.
Looks highly cheesy (no bad thing). Cheddar?
Question for the pizza aficionados: what do you use to slice it? Kitchen knife doesn't seem ideal and I seem to have misplaced the various 'fixie bike' pizza wheels I've been gifted over the years...
Any recommended pizza wheel or are they all more or less the same?
pizza wheels are shit.
Supermarket pizza cheese blend. Only the finest.
Is Caputo blue worth it over other (Shipton Mill, in my case) 00? The local wholesaler has it back in stock at £1.75 a kilo bag or about £21 for a 25kg sack. Am wondering if it's worth the storage faff of the latter, but as they do Napoli chip mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, etc. will probably get some bags either way to try out.
(Edit: they also have Polselli and Dallagiovanna; not sure I'm obsessive/consistent enough to see if there's any difference between them...)
Although I've not used the blue as much, I still prefer the Caputo red. Can't hurt to buy a kg of blue and see how you get on. I would say that Caputo red is noticeably better than Shipton 00.
Yeah, I might get a kilo of each and do some testing...
Like a full size one? Seems a big space commitment unless you're doing pizzas every day.
I got a pizza wheel that was crap years ago, though there was nothing wrong with the cutting action. It was just overly complex to clean and eventually broke so I made my own handle out of alu plate and a few bike bits and it's been fine ever since.
@Danimal - here's mine
Just needs to be a bit bigger than the pizza's you want to cut.
It's much better as it doesn't drag the topping along with it.
Yeah I get the size thing but I find a big wheel with clearance does pretty well.
The (I think) good grips one we have is very good. Big wheel with a lefty fork. Nice and sharp, never drags the topping.
Banged out a dough for tomorrow. Used the ooni dough calculator, aiming for a 24hr ambient bulk. I definitely think I’ve previously undermixed the Caputo blue - made sure it passed the window pane test at the end of mixing. Usually I’m a lot more cautious about preventing overmixing but I guess that’s more of a problem with higher protein flours.
Instant yeast, normal tray, no peel, standard oven. Was great.
I would get something with a handle that can pull it in and out of the oven. Or you might have to get something else that pulls it out. I tried using my regular lodge to roast some veg in the ooni ... and even with my double duty fire proof gloves it was crazy hot to get out of the oven.
I was going to use my cast iron skillet, but hadn't really thought about how how the handles could get. Nisbets look to be selling sizzler pans for under six quid, so might go for that (they're all out of their cheap IR thermometers, boo!).
I've got one of these:
Sizzling hot cast-iron in the oven at max temp, works a treat. Still trying to match the dough 500 Degrees in Herne Hill, they’re simply amazing
Edit: site finally let me add pics. Pepperoni, basil mozzarella, and one with a stuffed crust.
finally caved on an ooni karu, think it's arriving today/tomorrow and i'm currently peel-less
anyone got any ideas where i can pick up an aluminium peel in london? most places i'm looking at online have delivery dates post-weekend
edit: or if someone in london/se london has one they wanna sell, that'd be cool
It’ll come with a basic peel (no handle), that’s fine to use with some gloves while you order one online. When you do order, definitely go for a perforated peel.
ah right. had got the idea that the basic peel still only comes with one of the bundles like this
but hopefully you're right and I've got some time to get a proper one!
Not necessarily; mine didn't. I got one on eBay that arrived within a couple of days - this one looks similar, and supposedly has a London-based seller, so @sodha might be able to message them and ask? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pizza-Paddle-Peel-Bakers-BBQ-Oven-Restaurant-Wooden-Handle-66CM-kitchen-UK/133451367462
Otherwise give Nisbets a ring?
Mine didn't come with a peel - I can confirm that it's not worth trying to make pizza until you have one.
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