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Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs up

Postby Jaunty » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:41 am

As title really. Had a fairly expensive Weber one, cracked (someone put it in the sink...) then a cheap thin one (£6 with a metal stand) (cracked, cheap and thin).

Now use a black granite chopping board think it was £12 from Tesco. Scrape off the rubber feet, give it a good scrub then use the matt side for baking on. Always bring it up to temperature with the oven. I never immerse it in water, just give it a good brush down. Fits the oven rack perfectly and really helps with home baked pizzas. (PS I use the the Silver Spoon dough recipe - 00 flour, yeast, salt water, no oil).
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Postby Snags » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:17 pm

sounds good
I use a cheap round one you described and its excellent I just bought another 2 one spare if I break one
I have had the original cheap one for over 2 years and its still ok
yet to take the plunge still researching
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Postby Vindii » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:35 pm

Kiln shelves work great and wont crack due to too much heat.
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Postby Big Guy » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:07 pm

I wouldn't use it for a cutting board, it would dull up your knives in no time.
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Postby Jaunty » Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:34 am

Vindii wrote:Kiln shelves work great and wont crack due to too much heat.


Yes I was going to order some but thought for £12 would give this a go for a while

Big Guy wrote:I wouldn't use it for a cutting board, it would dull up your knives in no time.


Agreed. I hate it when people use these or the glass boards with their knives
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Postby mitchamus » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:28 pm

yep - a granite block works really well... the thicker the better.
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Postby corromant » Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:56 pm

Just had a look on the Argos web site & they currently have "Cookworks Granite Kitchen Chopping Board" 40cm x 30cm x 1.3cm thick, for the princly sum of "£7.99 normaly £9.99 but has 20% off at the moment.
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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby Jaunty » Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:33 pm

So the chopping board cracked, was only cheap so not the end of the world. But this time we have replaced with a Kiln shelf from Bath Potters ie http://www.bathpotters.co.uk/rectangula ... elves/c221

All good the last few months
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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby saucisson » Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:50 am

Brilliant idea, bookmarked. What thickness did you go for?
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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby saucisson » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:46 pm

I'm tempted by the 13" circular one but it's "only" 1cm thick...

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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby jenny_haddow » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:56 pm

You could try Cromartie Kilns. They do circular shelves and would be well up to the job of pizza baking. I run my kiln to 1800c, if they can stand that the oven will be a breeze.

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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby saucisson » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:50 pm

Thanks Jenny, I'll have a look.
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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby Jaunty » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:19 pm

saucisson wrote:Brilliant idea, bookmarked. What thickness did you go for?


Bit late but I think I got 14.5" x 17" x 3/4" Kiln Shelf then they cut it down to 14 x 16 to fit our oven the best. Foe me rectangular is much more useful than round, am going to order another so we can have 2 side by side on our Weber gas bbq for pizza parties. Just give them a call is the easiest way.
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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby saucisson » Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:19 pm

Thanks Jaunty.
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Re: Granite chopping board as pizza or baking stone - thumbs

Postby protopigeon » Tue May 28, 2013 8:01 pm

I've been using a piece of larvikite which I got when a friend had his kitchen worktop made - it's the piece from where the sink was cut out. Works great - it's about 1.5" thick so it weighs a ton!

I was a little worried that it might explode the first few times I used it - but it's been fine. I always make sure that I put it in when the oven is cold and bring it up to temperature with the oven before baking.

However, I've found that when I do 2 loaves at the same time, the one I do on the upturned baking tray seems to bake quicker, certainly on the bottom of the loaf. Maybe I'm not giving it enough time to get fully up to temperature...
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