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Old 01-10-2008, 04:19 PM
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This question is for those of you who use a wooden pizza peel to transfer pizza to a hot stone. How much flour do you spread on your peel before building your pizza? I've had such trouble with my pizza sticking to the peel that I've had to use the peel merely to form my dough. I'll transfer the dough to the stone and build the pizza while it's on the hot stone. I'd like to get out of this habit and be able to build the pizza with sauce, cheese, and toppings and then transfer it to a hot stone. I've been dusting the pizza peel with flour and using my hands to distribute it across the peel. Please help me!
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:30 PM
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I find that (1) brushing the dough on peel with olive oil acts as a moisture barier to the sauce and (2) work fast. If you take a long time deciding on toppings then you will end up with the eventual stick to peel, fold over itself, baked pizza
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:59 PM
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I felt your pain for a very long time. No matter what I did, the dough always stuck to the wooden peel. That is, until I discovered this forum and the wealth of knowledge herein. Somewhere in this forum I read about using rice flour on a peel. I tried it last weekend and I swear it's like putting Rain-X on your wooden peel! It's absolutely amazing... like little ball bearings under your dough. I promise if you use a sprinkle of rice flour the dough will slide right off. And yes, work fast too.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:30 PM
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Hey,

Check out this website. Superpeel.com My brother in law got me one for Christmas. It uses cheesecloth and a wood pizza peel to transfer items. My only concern is it might be hard to use in my wfo oven (to be built this spring) as it has a short handle and you need two hands to operate it. But it should work great for regular stoves and I'm sure I can use it in my WFO somehow.

James - maybe it's worth adding the FB store?

Good luck.
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:15 PM
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Ditto, Momo, on the rice flour. Brown or white, get thee to a health food store or grind some rice grains up in your blender. I've seen the super peel in action on YouTube, sort of a conveyor belt for pizza. I can imagine it bursting into flames in a WFO, but on a pizza stone where you need to place the pizza exactly, I can see how useful it is.

In a brick oven, any place the pizza lands short of the back wall is pretty much all right. I've seen some home oven cooks (again on video) hold the peel at a steeper angle, like 30 degrees, and wiggle the pizza off onto the stone.

I know it got rude remarks on a thread recently: Picking up an edge and blowing underneath really does get a stuck pizza loose from a peel, but not if it's glued on.

Most of all, as Richard says, speed is of the essence. Get it down, get it round, get it dressed, and get it in the oven. Preparation is everything. If you don't have everything you need in your work area, leave the dough sit in a ball or disk, and go get it.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:56 PM
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The other problem that I sometimes see is pressing/rolling out the dough on the peel...it makes it stick a lot more.

I always form the dough on a counter or cutting board, then transfer it to the peel, then top it (quickly).

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Old 01-11-2008, 03:19 PM
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I agree with moving quickly...letting the dough sit too long let's it grow and stick.

I just got two new wood peels and have an old seasoned one....will be interesting to see if there is any difference on the next batch.

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Old 01-11-2008, 03:42 PM
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I'm going to try that rice flour soon, but for now I use corn meal. I know some people don't like it because they say it's a little 'gritty', but I grew up with that on the bottom of my pizzas and it never bothered me. Actually, I prefer that 'Crunch'! And when we have pizza party's, I don't get any complaints about it! (and ALL of the pizzas get eaten!!)
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Thanks for all the replies. I will try out the rice flour for sure and try to cut down the time that my pizza sits on the peel. I've tried the high angle method before and would not recommend it. Once you've broken the static friction between the peel and the pizza it slides off so fast that ends up crashing into the stone and turning into a mess!
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:59 AM
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The only thing I can add - shake the peel periodically if people are taking a while to make the pizza to keep it moving on the board.

I'm anxious to try the blow under the pie method to free up a stuck pie!

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