Have you ever gotten the craving for perfect homemade pizza? The kind that seems to be the staple of Food Network shows, and that are impossible to make without expensive odds and ends? Well it's possible to do this now in your own backyard with your handy-dandy Big Green EGG! And - oh wait this article is putting the carriage in front of the horse here. You're probably wondering what a Big Green EGG is - in fact that's probably why you clicked on this in the first place. Basically the Big Green EGG is a complete outdoor cooking system that allows for a diverse cooking set -from baking to roasting to grilling and smoking - and with this item (and a few odds and ends) you can make your dream pizza with all the flare of a Food Network chef. |
First things first you're going to need a Big Green EGG or to at least know what one is - you know for research purposes. A Big Green EGG is a type of ceramic cooker, that honestly looks more like an avocado than an egg. It's based off of a Japanese rice cooker known as a "kamado". Composed of a proprietary carbon/ceramic mix, the EGG is a mostly enclosed system that draws heat up from a small internal container at the bottom. The uptake of all this is that food cooks evenly and without drying out or burning. So meat gets a great crust while staying moist and juicy inside. It also means that with the addition of a Big Green EGG pizza stone and convEGGtor™ it's the simplest thing in the world to turn an Egg into a very effective brick oven.
All you have to do is place the convEGGtor™ into the EGG and you've instantly got a convection oven. Between this device and the EGG you'll end up with efficiently radiating heat that won't over-cook your food. Now place the pizza and baking stone over it to create an environment that promises a crispy, authentic pizzeria crust. How? Well as the pizza cooks moisture is drawn from the crust to the stone giving that beloved texture. At the same time heat is evenly deliver to make sure the crust is perfectly well done. And since the stone retains heat, you can use it as part presentation and part food warmer.
Also the baking stone doesn't just make pizzas. It's also good for breads and desserts. So why not make a day of it? These stones comes in several sizes to fit different EGGs, and are easily found at the company website. This same website (www.biggreenegg.com) is also where you can look up EGG dealerships near you. That said if you'd rather work with something you know Amazon also sells Big Green Egg accessories - and they have a lot of very positive reviews. That said, the website makes it clear that BGE does not sell through third party entities - including Amazon. This means be careful buying from there, because it effectively voids your warrenty. Okay? Great - so what are you waiting? Get out there and become an EGGHead today! (And yes that's what the very vocal fandom of these products call themselves.)
Victor Alba blogs about pizza stone use and care. If you want to learn more about the brand discussed in this article, then go to The Big Green Egg Baking Stone.
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