So, what is the best Pizza Oven Temperature? This question has haunted me for quite some time especially when I was a beginner and just getting started with making pizzas.
I had to experiment a lot to figure out when the pizza was cooked the best and for how long was I supposed to leave it inside the Pizza Oven.
Believe, it or not, as a beginner it did take me about 20 average cooked pizzas to get my Pizza Temperature game perfect. The thing is you have to keep a balance with the temperature and timing.
If you are making pizzas at home then simple answer to this question is the maximum temperature your oven can reach. While cooking a pizza its really important that the oven is really hot and the higher the temperature the better is the cooking.
While most of the Pizza recipes suggested 475 degrees Fahrenheit, I used to usually set my oven at this temperature and it takes about 10 minutes for the Pizza to cook evenly.
So, what is the perfect temperature to cook a pizza…
The Answer is, the higher the temperature, the crispier is your pizza base is going to be. If you are making pizza at home then make sure your oven is cranked up to the highest temperature.
If you have a dedicated pizza oven then the temperature has to be around 600-700 degrees Fahrenheit so that you get the perfectly cooked pizza.
The Pizza can be cooked within a minute or two when you have the oven at the higher temperatures. When cooking at home in an indoor oven, it can surely take 10 minuted or sometimes, even more, depending on the crust.
The Pizza Crust is a deciding factor?
Not really, If you have a thin crust pizza or a thick crust, higher temperatures are preferred when it comes to cooking a pizza. However, the thin crust pizzas will get cooked really fast in comparison to deep dish Pizzas.
But when cooking at home, a deep dish pizza is definitely going to take a really long time and in most of the cases it does not turn out that well for me.
However, making a deep dish pizza with a pizza oven is just amazing as you get to see some really good results and honestly, the pizza tastes way better than the ones you get in the commercial pizza outlets or restaurants.
So, think or deep dish, make sure to crank the pizza oven to the highest temperature that it would reach so that you get the perfect cooked pizza.
Cooking in Wood-fired Pizza Ovens…
When it comes to cooking in wood-fired pizza ovens or outdoor pizza ovens then the common question is how hot is way too hot for cooking.
And the answer to that question is as hot as your oven can go. The wood-fired pizza ovens can ideally reach temperatures in the range of 700-800 degrees Fahrenheit and that is honestly a perfect temperature to get your pizza base all crispy with gooey and well-cooked toppings.
However, there are people who do not like their pizza base all charred and burnt, so in that case, going for slightly lower temperatures like 700 or 650 degrees Fahrenheit works well.
On these temperatures, your base is golden brown and crisp. Also, this is works really well with thin crusts. For deep dish pizzas, the temperature is going to be the same just that you have to experiment with the temperature and time that works the best.
Can you get perfectly cooked pizzas with your home oven?
Outdoor pizza ovens are the best when it comes to getting the perfectly cooked pizzas, however, one of the questions that remain is whether they are the best when it comes to cooking a pizza.
If your oven can go to 500 degrees Fahrenheit then you probably can cook a decent pizza with your oven. Thin crust pizzas would be amazing to cook inside your oven and to get the best out of it, you should experiment with different thickness of the pizza crust.
Mostly, you would be satisfied with medium to thin crust as they are perfect for home ovens. Honestly, I love thin crust pizzas so I may not be able to give you a lot of tips with deep dish pizzas, but you HAVE to experiment with your oven as every oven is different.
Once you get the hang of it, cooking pizzas are going to be a breeze. The rule of thumb here should be that you need to set your oven to the highest temperature in order to get the best-cooked pizzas.
Preheat your oven before you get started with the cooking. Do not shove your pizza inside the oven when the oven is cold. Make sure that the oven is really hot and if you have a pizza stone then that should be inside the oven while you are preheating it.
The hot stone and the preheated oven is going to cook your pizza to perfection. Usually, preheat my oven for about 15-20 minutes at the highest temperature.
You can experiment with the time but this works just perfectly with my home pizza oven. If you have a wood fired pizza oven then make sure that you keep adding wood every 15-20 minutes so that the temperature inside the oven remains constant.
Another tip would be to turn around the pizza in a wood fired pizza oven so that it gets cooked evenly. This is not the problem with home ovens as there is a piece of inbuilt machinery that rotates the pizza inside the oven.
I hope you found this post helpful and do let us know at what temperatures you have been cooking pizzas at home?
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