Ever wonder if you can cut on a pizza stone? Maybe you want to know specifically if you can use a pizza cutter on a pizza stone? Well, we’ve got you covered! Let’s explore cleaning a pizza stone’s do’s and don’ts.
Pizza is one of the most popular choices for anyone’s home cooking adventures.
With the growing popularity of home pizza ovens or outdoor grills designed to cook pizzas, it’s no surprise that people have started asking questions about the most efficient way to do things.
Of course, I was one of these people when I first got into cooking pizzas at home. It can seem quite overwhelming at first if you’re unsure where to start.
Don’t worry though, I’ve got my teacher hat on and am ready to share my vast array of knowledge with you (okay, maybe it’s not that vast, but I still have something I’d like to share).
The other day, I asked if it was possible to use a pizza cutter on a pizza stone and it made me ponder the creation of this article.
Would it damage the cutter or the stone, or is it okay to do? These are valid questions if you don’t know otherwise.
I’ve found my answer, and I think it’s good for you to read about it.
Can You Use A Pizza Cutter On A Pizza Stone?
Could you use soap on a pizza stone, sure……BUT, the longer answer is no; you shouldn’t.
Okay, I know I sound a bit pretentious, but the question was asked as “can I” rather than “should I”.
You can absolutely use a pizza cutter on a pizza stone since nothing physically stops you from being able to. However, I would not encourage it. Not in the slightest!
For starters, the pizza stone is scorching after you’ve cooked your pizza. I’m going to assume that your pizza is already cooked, and that’s why you want to cut it (because who wants to cut cold dough?!), which means your stone is boiling.
If you try to cut your pizza while it’s on the stone, you’ll have a rough time. You’ll end up damaging your pizza cutter while you’re trying to slice through it.
The pizza stone will be fine, though. I know that sometimes people have reservations about cutting things on cooking surfaces, and for a good reason.
If you cut through something with a knife on a cast iron pan, you’ll almost certainly scratch the pan surface and ruin it. However, a pizza stone is made of some pretty tough stuff and will come out the other side unscathed.
Just because it’s fine, though, still doesn’t mean you should do it.
What Should I Do Instead?
Hopefully, this one will be a little more obvious to you. If you haven’t already gotten into good cutting practices, then prepare to be taught something!
There’s only really one way you should cut a pizza after you’ve cooked it, and that’s to have a cool, cutting surface ready to receive it on the counter.
The transition from stone to board is easy enough; if you’ve cooked your pizza right, it’ll just slip off anyway!
Once you’re on the surface that’s not going to melt your pizza cutter, you’re good to go. It really is that easy and won’t waste any time.
As tempting as I’m sure it could be just to cut the pizza straight on the stone, you’ll be better off on a cooler surface, and you’ll find that you haven’t spent any extra time moving it. Trust me on this one.
Something like this is the perfect surface to cut your pizza on.
Care For Your Pizza Stone
I want to bring up one final thing: you really should care for your pizza stone if you want the best quality out of it.
I’ve already said that cutting on your pizza stone will damage your cutting tool much more than the stone itself, but that doesn’t mean it is indestructible. It still needs a great deal of care, and you should do a couple of things to treat it kindly.
Firstly, don’t handle your pizza stone too much. I know that sounds counterintuitive, considering you need to hold it to move it in and out of the grill, but avoid it if you can.
There’s a reason some stones come with raised handles or are put into an oven by a long stick. It’s because your hands can really tamper with the quality of the pizza you produce. Your hands are incredibly greasy (even if you don’t realize it).
Also, be sure to pay attention to the heat of your pizza stone. Never, and I mean NEVER, place a cold pizza stone into an already heated pizza oven. Seriously, don’t.
You’re just asking for it to crack right down the middle, and what a waste that would be. Instead, place your stone in the oven while you’re heating it.
Let the stone naturally warm up with the inside of the oven. It’s much safer this way.
Oh, and one other thing. If you can avoid it, don’t wash or oil your pizza stone. Again, it’s probably an alien concept to some.
If you’re cooking on the surface, then it’s going to pick up grime and dirt, sure, but a pizza stone will only end up worse-for-wear if you clean or oil it.
The heat does most of the work for you anyway and will keep them as clean as they need to be. Caring for a pizza stone isn’t anything like caring for a griddle or a skillet might be.
Hopefully, I’ve answered your question now, and you won’t feel the need to use a pizza cutter on your pizza stone.
I might have thrown you off a little bit at first by saying that you could, but you shouldn’t, but I think it’s worth noting.
There are plenty of things in life that can be done but definitely should NOT be done, and this is one of those things.
Take care of your pizza stone and your pizza cutter.
Trust me; there is no worse feeling than snapping a pizza stone or melting a pizza cutter while you’re moments away from enjoying the pizza you just finished cooking.
Your mouth will be watering, but you might not even get the chance to enjoy the pizza with all the extra stuff you’ve now gotta deal with.