How To Slide Pizza Off The Peel To The Steel (Video)

How To Slide Pizza Off The Peel To The Steel (Video)

Getting the pizza off the peel and into the oven can intimidate just about anyone.

Well, it’s no different for us. We are terrified of the dreaded failed launch. So, we thought we’d turn our terror into something worthwhile. Here’s how you make sure your prized pie doesn’t end up in a crumpled heap in the bottom of your oven.

1. Make sure you lightly put some flour or cornmeal or semolina on your peel.

Please put away the teflon and the no-stick spray.

2. Place your stretched-out pizza dough on the peel.

Maybe that step was obvious, but we’re going to be extra clear.

3. Give it a few shakes.

Please exercise restraint here, though. This isn’t a test of how hard you can shake the pizza and keep it on the peel. Just go light.

4. Once you have your toppings on your pizza, give it a few more shakes to make sure it’s nice and loose before approaching the oven.

This is super important, because if you got a little heavy-handed with your toppings, your pizza is considerably heavier than it was before you loaded all of that on.

5. Open the oven door, and touch the peel down at the back of the Baking Steel.

Again, this step is obvious, but we did want to mention the Baking Steel, so that seemed like the obvious time.

6. To initiate the process, give it a slight jerk, and then shuffle the peel out slowly while your pie settles into its new home on the steel.

Don’t get overly excited here. You don’t want to panic and throw your toppings hither and yon. Slow and easy.

7. Celebrate the successful launch. It’s a big deal.

At this point you’re only a few minutes from enjoying the fruits of your labor. Congrats!

  • Daniel Greenblatt

    this video is hilarious, and it captures my experience with uncanny accuracy :)

    • Andris Lagsdin

      We have all been there Daniel….

  • Kumquat

    Oh come on, anyone can launch a small flat of dough with a few token toppings on it. I would even hesitate to call that thing in the video a “pizza”.

    The challenge as I see it is to launch an honest 15″ pizza full of sauce, cheese, and toppings.

    • Andris Lagsdin

      Ha! Same rules apply regardless of size. And take it easy on those toppings. If toppings are falling off, likely you went to heavy. Less is always more. Of course, imo..

      • Kumquat

        Hey that’s fine if you like ‘em that way, we all have our favorites. But if your favorite style of pizza is the type shown in the video, I suspect you’ve never even tried using a peel to launch a “real” pizza. Post a video of the feat and I’ll retract my criticisms.

        Again, I’ll lay it out: ANYONE can launch a 10 inch round of firm dough with a paltry smattering of toppings. Your video is like a jogger bragging about a 15 minute mile.

    • Andris Lagsdin

      I love your sense of humor Kumquat. Truly the same launching technique applies to any size pizza.
      I will include a larger size pie in the future to prove my point.