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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Pizza Peel

    I have made myself two hardwood peels for assembling and then directly placing pizza in oven. What would be a good finish for the wood that keeps timber from staining and yet allows the pizza to slip off?

  • #2
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    Wooden Peels should, in my opinion, not be coated with anything other than oil. Other 'coatings/sealants' will probably burn. To get Pizza to slip off, just a liberal coating of flour is all that is needed. I use a wooden handled aluminim peel, seems to work well and the aliminium is light and has no ill effects from the heat after 12 months use.

    Cheers

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    • #3
      Re: Pizza Peel

      I agree. The peel should be bare wood, just use flour or corn meal and the pizza will just slide off. As for stains, we will wash and leave out in the sun to dry when needed.
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      • #4
        Re: Pizza Peel

        Motion carried. Don't coat it.

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        • #5
          Re: Pizza Peel

          Here too, nothing but dry peel, bare wood and rice flour; in a pinch plain old wheat flour works, but after using rice flour, well I prefer rice flour by a large margin..
          Wiley

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          • #6
            Re: Pizza Peel

            Hmmm Rice flour; gonna have to try that. Why do you think it works better?
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            • #7
              Re: Pizza Peel

              Chef, I tried it because of a recommendation I heard /read here. And not surprising (because the info here on the forum is beyond compare) it worked very well. The grain is larger than wheat flour yet smaller than cornmeal. It is quite uniform of grain size and, as I am usually using a wet dough, regular flour tends to get damp and stick the dough to the peel. The rice seems less absorbant or perhaps because of the larger grain size it absorbs less. But I have yet to have a pizza stick to the peel since using it as my peel "lubricant".

              Hope this helps,
              Wiley

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              • #8
                Re: Pizza Peel

                Why do you think it works better?
                Corn meal is full of sugar: It's what sweetens your cola. The sugar in cornmeal promotes burning and bitterness at WFO temperatures. Rice flour can still burn, but not so readily.

                Another hint: sand your bare peel smooth with fine sandpaper whenever you get persistent sticking.
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