Homemade Pizza is tasty and cheap. Tool up with these must-have pizza tools so that pizza night comes together easily.
Pizza Night has been a Friday night tradition at our house for about 18 years. It took some trial and error at first and some coaching from my friend Jessika. But, over time I’ve found some really great methods and tools that help me make pizza night easy.
I mean easy.
Like things can work like clock work around here on Fridays without a huge mess. Well, as little of a mess as eight pizzas can minimally make. We’re currently up to a double batch of pizza dough each week so it is a production.
So that you can make your pizza nights easy, I thought I would share the tools and methods that are currently working well for me.
Must-Have Pizza Tools
Pizza tools for making the dough
A kitchen scale – I use a kitchen scale to weigh flour these days. It’s super easy to put a bowl on the scale, zero it out, and start scooping flour into the bowl. I only have to do one math problem instead of remembering how many cups I put in. I’ve had this model kitchen scale six years and it’s performed wonderfully. The batteries it came with last five years!
A KitchenAid mixer – In the old days, like 2014 and earlier, I used a bread machine to make the dough. I loved that I could throw in the ingredients and walk away. After going through three or four of this model bread machine — the last one died last year — I decided that was enough. I’d either need to invest in a better appliance or make do with the appliance I already had: my KitchenAid mixer.
Now the reason I liked using the bread machine all those years was mainly for the nonstick bread pan. It was super easy to clean up. I was worried that would be an issue with the Kitchenaid. And that by moving the dough to a greased bowl, I’d have not one but two bowls to clean!
Turns out, there’s an oil for that. 😉
Once I’ve got my dough all nice and beautiful, I grease the Kitchenaid bowl with nonstick cooking spray and let the dough rise in the bowl I mixed it in. Yay! It cleans up almost as easily as the bread machine.
Pizza tools for baking
I’ve experimented with a lot of different pizza pans. I have a variety of different styles, sizes and shapes. I don’t have time to mess with pizza stones and pizza peels, so I prefer to make the pizzas on pans that can go in and out of the oven in turns.
Round pizza screens – My favorites are probably these pizza screens. There are a number of sizes. I’ve found them to be a great investment. I spray them with cooking spray (over the sink) and they come clean every time.
Round perforated pizza pans – I have two that I bought 15 years ago at Walmart. I can’t find a link online, but these look similar. They’ve worked really well and were my favorites until I found the screens.
I have a USA pan, as well, but while I like all the other USA pans I’ve bought, I don’t love the pizza one. It doesn’t allow as high a heat as I like to bake my crust so the dough is not as crisp when it comes out of the oven. I think it’s also more insulated so the crust has a slightly different texture.
When I’ve exhausted my favorite pans, I still use the USA pan at a lower heat and then use parchment on a regular baking sheet for the rest of our pizzas. Apparently, Santa needs to bring me some more pizza screens.
Pizza tools for serving
Pizza night is a lot of fun. It’s the thing that everyone most looks forward to at the end of the week. Having the right pizza tools can make it fun and easy.