As a culinary professional, the challenge of getting pizza off aluminum peels is one that I’m intimately familiar with. The thought of having a pizza stuck to an aluminum peel can be intimidating, especially if you’re under the pressure of a kitchen environment. But fear not, for there are several tried and true methods for getting pizza off aluminum peels that are quick and easy.
In this blog post, I’ll share my experience and expertise to help you understand the best ways to get the pizza off aluminum peels quickly and efficiently. Whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a seasoned pro, this post is sure to be helpful in getting your pizza off the peel without any sticky mess.
1. Preheat the oven
The first step to getting pizza off of an aluminum peel is to preheat your oven. Preheating your oven to the temperature specified on the pizza packaging ensures you’re cooking at the appropriate temperature for the right amount of time.
Once the oven is preheated, place the pizza on the aluminum peel, and carefully slide it onto the oven rack. After the pizza has cooked the desired amount of time, the aluminum peel should easily pull away from the pizza, leaving the delicious pizza behind.
2. Use a soft spatula to loosen the edges
After your pizza is finished baking, it’s time to take it off the aluminum peel. Start by tilting the peel at a 45-degree angle and using a soft spatula to loosen the edges of the pizza. Once the edges are loosened, you can use the spatula to carefully slide the pizza onto a cutting board or serving platter. If you’re having difficulty getting the pizza off the peel, try gently shaking the peel back and forth to make the pizza slide off.
3. Sprinkle cornmeal or flour under the pizza
The third step in getting pizza off an aluminum peel is to sprinkle cornmeal or flour under the pizza. This helps to create a barrier between the pizza and the aluminum, allowing the pizza to slide off the peel more easily. The cornmeal or flour should be spread evenly, and enough should be used to completely cover the surface of the aluminum peel. Once the cornmeal or flour is in place, it doesn’t need to be moved around or removed. It will help keep the pizza from sticking and will likely burn off in the oven.
4. For stuck pieces, use a razor blade
If your pizza is stuck on the aluminum peel, the best way to remove it is to use a razor blade. You can use a butter or utility knife, but you’ll likely have to use a lot of force and it may damage the peel. A razor blade, however, gives you a lot of control and finesse, allowing you to carefully cut away at the stuck pizza without damaging the aluminum peel. Be sure to use a new, sharp razor blade for the best results.
5. Spread a thin layer of oil on the peel
After you’ve preheated your oven and added your toppings and cheese, it’s time to move your pizza onto the aluminum peel. To do this, start by lightly spreading a thin layer of oil on the peel. This will help the pizza slide off the peel more easily once it’s done baking. Make sure to not use too much oil though, as it could cause the pizza to stick too much.
Once the oil is added, quickly and steadily move the pizza from the preparation surface onto the peel. Use your hands or a dough scraper to carefully slide the pizza onto the peel.
6. Bake the pizza with the peel slightly off the oven rack
When you’re ready to bake the pizza, it’s important to make sure that the peel is slightly off the oven rack. This will ensure that the pizza will slide off the peel with ease and won’t stick to the metal. To do this, simply place the peel and pizza onto the rack, and then gently pull the peel back so that it’s just slightly off the rack. This will create a small gap between the peel and the oven rack and allow the pizza to slide off the peel with ease.
7. Gently shake the peel to dislodge the pizza
After you have let the pizza cool, it will be time to take it off the peel. To do this, hold the peel firmly in your hands, with your fingers on the back side and your thumbs on the front. Gently shake the peel back and forth, using a small amount of pressure to help dislodge the pizza. The pizza should easily come off the peel. If it doesn’t, you can use a spatula to help push it off. Be sure to be gentle, as you don’t want to damage the pizza.
8. Remove the pizza once done baking with heat-resistant gloves.
When your pizza is done baking, it is important to remove it from the aluminum peel with heat-resistant gloves. This will protect your hands from the heat of the pizza and aluminum. It is also important to slide the pizza off the peel quickly and with one motion, to avoid tearing the crust.
Make sure that you have a good grip on the pizza before you start to lift it off. To make this easier, you can also use a flat spatula to help lift the pizza off the aluminum peel.
In conclusion, getting pizza off aluminum peels can be a tricky but rewarding task. If you use the right tools, like a spatula, a dough-scraper, or a pizza peel lifter, as well as some elbow grease, you’ll be able to successfully remove a pizza from its aluminum peel. With some practice, you’ll be able to do it with ease. Enjoy your delicious pizza!