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Sur La Table Baking Steel

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Bake pizzeria-quality pizzas at home with this innovative baking steel. Thick, pre-seasoned steel will never break, is easy to clean and boasts incredible heat conductivity, resulting in a screaming-hot surface that delivers flawlessly crisp crust every...Read More

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EXCLUSIVE Bake pizzeria-quality pizzas at home with this innovative baking steel. Thick, pre-seasoned steel will never break, is easy to clean and boasts incredible heat conductivity, resulting in a screaming-hot surface that delivers flawlessly crisp crust every time. Also works for baking breads.

Versatile steel is safe for the oven or the grill, works as a stovetop griddle on conventional and induction stovetops, and can even be chilled to create a cold plate perfect for serving chilled appetizers, mixing up icy confections and more.

Get the recipe for New York-Style Pizza Dough: Click here »

Click here to read our interview with Andris Lagsdin, the creator of the baking steel.

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  • Designed in the USA exclusively for Sur La Table
  • Made in Hanover, Massachusetts, of 100% recycled steel
  • Eighteen times the heat conductivity of ceramic stones, resulting in crispier crusts and faster cook times
  • Quarter-inch steel is virtually indestructible and won’t shatter or crack; cleans up quickly and easily with gentle soap and warm water
  • Oven- and grill-safe steel can also be used as a griddle on conventional and induction stovetops, a hot plate and a cold plate

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  • Manufacturer: Stoughton Steel Co., Inc.
  • Material: Steel
  • Dimensions: 14" x 14" x ¼"
  • Weight: Approx. 16 lbs.
  • Made in USA

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wash only
  • Heat safe to 1800°. Handle with care when hot

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Customer Reviews

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Stellar Results Compared to Pizza Stone
When my pizza stone cracked I forked over the cash for the Baking Steel and it turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. WOW, what an improvement to the crust! Better than store bought, and so easy (especially if you use Jim Lahey's no knead dough recipe and make it 18 hours ahead, but ALL the dough recipes I've made have worked out beautifully on the Baking Steel.

Read the glowing review of the Baking Steel on Serious Eats (Google it). Everything they said was absolutely true.

Now instead of making pizza a few times a year at most I make it almost weekly.

I couldn't recommend the product more highly. It's also very easy to take care of and clean (and to dry in the oven after cleaning so it won't rust) -- in fact I leave it in the oven all the time now. Great product. Absolutely top notch. I no longer dream of a home pizza oven since I have the Baking Steel
September 3, 2013
Loving the Baking Steel
I purchased a Baking Steel from one of the Sur La Table stores. I tried the steel out with the same pizza recipe I have always used. WOW! My pizza came out better than ever before...even my husband noticed the difference. Great quality product. Would definitely recommend....
August 21, 2013
A pizza stone that won't break
After breaking my third pizza stone (I'm not clumsy, I've just been baking for many years) I saw the pizza steel and thought I give it a try. I am impressed at how well it does with pizza and bread. It also cleans up beautifully
December 2, 2013
heavyweight!
Can't believe the quality and weight on this. There is NO comparison to a pizza stone...the ease of cleanup and it looks brand new instead of stained. I will never use anything else..you get what you pay for and never was that so true. Also could not believe the speed in which I received it...will order again online from SurLaTable
December 28, 2013
Steel beats the stone
I'm impressed! The baking steel heats faster and is much easier to clean than my old pizza stone. The pizza crusts come out nice and crisp and the steel works great for making calzones or reheating pizza too. It is quite heavy, but I just store it in the oven so it's not an issue. It's so heavy duty I'm sure it will last forever
February 5, 2014
Baking steel
Huge step up from stone for making pizza. Last week we made 6 in a row and each was fast and crispy. Easy to care for and a real relief that it's US made so you don't have to worry about how the steel was sourced. Highly recommend.
February 25, 2014
Recommend over the stone. Leave in oven it is very very heavy.
January 21, 2014
LOVE THIS!
This is a great product. Cooked my pizza in 6 minutes! Great crisp on the bottom of the pizza. What a difference between this and my old pizza stone. Worth every penny!
February 21, 2014
At least you won't have to worry about it breaking
I have to be honest with you I really don't see any difference in the crispiness of my pizza. The one thing I am glad about is that it will never crack on me like a stone.
This item is a bit pricey
February 25, 2014
A must for perfect pizza
Thin, crisp crusts with browned bottoms, LOVE this new kitchen tool!
July 6, 2014
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
Son in law wanted it for Christmas
Valerie R on Dec 7, 2016
We've broken pizza stones on our Big Green Egg so hoping this will work better! Great reviews!
Kimberlee S on Dec 3, 2016
Son in law wanted it for Christmas
Valerie R on Dec 7, 2016
We make pizza a lot and just got a new oven, thought it would be a good addition
Arlene S on Dec 5, 2016
We've broken pizza stones on our Big Green Egg so hoping this will work better! Great reviews!
Kimberlee S on Dec 3, 2016
A gift ....we make pizza a lot at home and want to be able to use grill to cook!
James E on Dec 3, 2016
I received one as a gift and I absolutely love it! Helps me make the best homemade pizza. I went ahead and decided to get one for me dad as well.
Amanda B on Dec 2, 2016
Requested gift.
Colleen B on Dec 1, 2016
Quality
Kevin E on Nov 30, 2016
xmas present for my brother
Leonard S on Nov 29, 2016
I have always wanted one
Janet B on Nov 28, 2016
I love my 4 steels so much I am ordering one for my daughter-in-law who also likes to bake. Homemade Pizzas, crunchy Italian Bread & rolls bake up perfectly on these steels. My daughter-in-law's STONE broke today, so I thought this would be the perfect birthday gift!
Eileen G on Nov 25, 2016
My discount did not apply . I was unable to tell if it applied as your system would not show discount until I placed my order ... Not going to order from you again
Lois H on Nov 24, 2016
gift
Holly D on Nov 20, 2016
Last pizza stone used was a ceramic stone. It stained easily.
Jeff B on Nov 20, 2016
it's for a gift. I have one and love it!
THERESA G on Nov 19, 2016
My son and I love to make pizza. We try different crusts and toppings in search of the best pizza. We currently use a stone and want to see if this steel will make our crust better. The reviews are encouraging.
BETSEY S on Nov 10, 2016
my ceramic one broke
Todd M on Nov 8, 2016
I am sick of the stones breaking, so I saw the ratings and went for this option.
Laurie S on Nov 3, 2016
I want to make awesome pizza. I already broke 2 pizza stones using them at high temperatures. I also want to try the grill with this stone.
Lisa L on Nov 2, 2016
I bake a lot... and have used a stone for more than 20 years, now I think i'll try steel!
Andrea F on Oct 30, 2016
Works just like it should. It lives in my oven. Worth every cent.
Blair H on Oct 29, 2016
My husband bakes sourdough bread every week and makes pizza twice a month on average. He's been using a pizza stone. I think this will help him achieve the crust he works for! Excited to surprise him!
Jeanne C on Oct 27, 2016
requested as a gift for my son in law He has a big green egg
Sally J on Oct 27, 2016
Reviews of performance.
James S on Oct 26, 2016
This is for my son's Christmas gift who makes his own Pizza.
MINAKO T on Oct 26, 2016
I have one and this is for a gift
chefette on Oct 24, 2016
I read about it in the newspaper and wanted to try it.
Sharon H on Oct 2, 2016
see above
KEVIN D on Sep 30, 2016
registry
Cipriana C on Sep 25, 2016
saw it in the WSJ as a good piece of equipment to make home made pizza
David L on Sep 23, 2016
I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about pizza making, pizza making cookbook and pizza steel. This is a gift for my daughter.
MaryAnn L on Sep 13, 2016
article in the Wall Street Journal
Steve L on Sep 12, 2016
We love making pizza at home. The recent article in the WSJ prompted us to purchase this item.
Patricia C on Sep 11, 2016
This item was one of many on my friend's registry. I wanted to get them a gift that was memorable and kitchen-oriented. I think this baking steel is so different and has uses beyond the most obvious. I would be very happy if i were to receive this as a gift.
GARY P on Sep 9, 2016
Another way to cook pizza is always good by definition!
Peter S on Sep 9, 2016
I saw it recommended in the Wall Street Journal and it made sense to me that this would be a good product.
LISA K on Sep 7, 2016
We read that the baking steel is hotter than a baking stone, and hope that it will clean up better, too. We used it in the oven to bake a pizza and it worked well, and look forward to trying it on the grill. Nice product so far.
Michael B on Sep 5, 2016
gift
Miroslava J on Aug 31, 2016
This is sure to be a hit for a person who loves to grill!
Doris B on Aug 30, 2016
I want to learn how to bake pizzas at home in the oven, and do not want to deal with breaking pizza stones. I've also read that the steels have a much higher heat capacity (about six times higher than stones), producing a better quality product.
Sarina Z on Aug 29, 2016
it was recommended on another site
Lesley D on Aug 22, 2016
I love making pizza at home. Would like to simulate a wood fire pizza oven
IRENE W on Aug 18, 2016
to replace ceramic pizza stone
rmanchego on Aug 15, 2016
Recommended in the book Elements of Pizza
James M on Aug 6, 2016
Giving as gift because I love mine.
Barbara G on Jul 31, 2016
I tried another pizza stone and it broke after one use so I thought this one would last longer.
JUDY F on Jun 23, 2016
crispier pizza
Maria L on Jun 18, 2016
Rave reviews on multiple baking web sites.
Sahra S on Jun 3, 2016
Recommended by a friend.
Ken B on Jun 2, 2016
It from a wedding registry.
Carol A on May 21, 2016
I bought this steel because I couldn't find unglazed tiles in the right size to use. This steel stains dreadfully. I would not buy it again.
Lillian R on May 15, 2016
We make pizza a lot and just got a new oven, thought it would be a good addition
Arlene S on Dec 5, 2016
A gift ....we make pizza a lot at home and want to be able to use grill to cook!
James E on Dec 3, 2016
Is this the same as BakingSteel.com?

Is this the same piece of equipment as the product on bakingsteel.com? I the only difference i can find is the SLT logo and the dimensions are 14""square vs 14""x16"" on the baking steel website
pizza on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is the same baking steel
My pizza stuck to the steel. I used flour (the package said flour or cornmeal and I didn't have cornmeal) what did I do wrong?

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A shopper on Mar 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Typically if it sticks, it just means you aren't using enough flour or cornmeal. Be sure you're applying it in a very liberal fashion
Can you use this on a grill, and can you cut on i

Can you use this on a grill and can you cut on it
A shopper on Sep 12, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This steel is safe for the grill. Cutting on it is not suggested, as it could scrape off your seasoning as well as damage your blade
How much does the pizza steel weigh?
A shopper on Aug 30, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This baking steel weighs about 16lbs.
Since I did get tomato stains on the steel , can I use the opposite side of the steel. And what would you recommend to clean or just accept the few stains since it is steel.?
christina S on Aug 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: sure use the other side. I think a patina or few stains shows it has been used , in a good way. My research said a light sanding or steel wool will keep it shiny....but, you'll remove your seasoning.
Does it come with the pictured accessories?

I see that the product photos include a cork mat and pizza peel. Are these included?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This steel is sold individually. All other pictured items are sold separately.
I purchased the pizza steel, but I haven't used it yet. Is it necessary to purchase a peel as well? thanks, I'm a novice @ pizzas
A shopper on Sep 18, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I highly suggest a pizza peel. Not only is it the quickest and easiest way to transer your pizza to your preheated steel, but it is essential when removing it from your steel when your pizza is finished cooking. Because your pizza will cook fast and at high temperatures, you'll want to be able to remove it as quickly as possible
Does the pizza steel stain like a pizza stone?
A shopper on May 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: YES, it absolutely does stain! After two uses, mine has darkened (not shiny any longer). Food residue wipes off easily (wait until it cools!), but the oil/cheese/burnt stains remain an emblem of your foodie delights. If you can live with that, this is a good product (not a kitchen miracle by any means).
Are there any problems using this in a convection oven?
A shopper on Sep 11, 2013
BEST ANSWER: No. This steel can be used in convection ovens.
Can it rust?

If food does not wipe away easily can it be soaked in water? This is steel, not stainless steel, which implies rust is possible
A shopper on Mar 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, if not cared for properly this steel has the potential to rust
Has anyone used it as a griddle on your stove?

The description says that you can use it as a griddle, but has anyone tried to make pancakes, for example
A shopper on Apr 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Although I haven't personally used it as a griddle, I've read a lot positive info on it. Because it reacts quickly to changes in temperature, you're likely too cook your pancakes evenly, but not so likely to over cook them. Also, this baking steel is rimless, so if you make pancakes, you'll want to use a thicker batter.
Using parchment paper

Cooks Illustrated recommends using parchment paper to put a pizza onto a hot baking stone instead of having to buy a peel to do this. Can parchment be used on this hot baking steel safely?
A shopper on Oct 29, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Parchment papers are generally not recommended for temperatures above 425 degrees, much too cool for pizza. Better not- you can use foil if you must
If this steel sheet is kept in the oven due to its weight, how would its presence effect the baking of other goods e.g. casseroles, pies, etc.?
Cindy M on Nov 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I left mine inside and have not noticed an effect either way, perhaps because steel is such an excellent heat conductor. In any event, it might take a slightly longer time to reach the desired temperature; however, its presence may contribute to retain heat more efficiently.
Our teenagers the pizza steel for the first time and had a disaster with sauce and cheese burning on due to a bad recipe for dough. How can I safely clean off the burnt mess or do I need to completely clean it? It has been scraped with a nylon scraper and nylon scrub pad, but there is still a burnt on layer.
Artyce Hedrick on Oct 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I cleaned my baking steel with a nylon stiff bristle brush. It cleaned very well. When I preheated it for the next use there was no burn off smell. I love my steel, but still not sure if it's better than my stone.
Can oil be applied to the steel?

I dont like the taste and texture of cornmeal on the bottom of pizza so I always rubbed oil on the pizza stone before spreading out the dough. It never burned the crust and releasing the pizza with a spatula was easy. What would happen if I tried this method with the steel?
A shopper on Mar 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The only time it's suggested to add oil to your baking steel is during seasoning. And even when you add oil during seasoning, you need to remove most of it before baking it into the steel
Where can I find the Instructions for the steel? I've misplaced mine and don't see a link anywhere on the SLT website.
A shopper on Jan 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Move your oven rack to the second highest level and place steel on rack. Preheat oven to 500*F for 45 minutes to ensure steel is fully heated. Use a wood peel to prepare, insert and remove food. The high heat will damage ordinary spatulas and metal will scratch the steel. Lightly dust pizza peel with flour, cornmeal, or breadcrumbs to prevent sticking. Place dough on peel and add toppings. Use a quick jerking movement to slide pizza onto steel. Bake 7 - 9 minutes. Use peel to remove pizza to a cutting surface. Do not cut directly on steel. Bake frozen pizza according to package directions but baking time may be shorter. Bread baking times may be shorter than called for in recipe. After oven is off, allow steel to cool one hour before removing with oven mitts. For best results, clean with a stiff nylon brush and warm water. Towel dry immediately; do not let air dry as the steel may rust.
What is the size and dimensions???
A shopper on Oct 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The steel is 14x14 and 1/4 inch thick. It is very heavy weighing about 16 lbs. Probably one of the best products I've ever used. Makes amazing pizza at home!
Does this rust?
A shopper on Oct 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it doesn't rust. But we gave this as a gift to our son-in-law who uses it almost weekly for pizza. He said that the paint was starting to come off.
Can I put this steel on a pizza oven stone and not break the stone? I have a pizza oven but the existing stone doesn't cook the bottom of the pizza very well. I want to lay the steel stone on the existing clay like stone without breaking it. Will it work?
A shopper on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This steel used to cook pizza gets so much hotter than a pizza stone that it may crack the stone. Never tried that combination as the steel totally cooks bottom of a pizza.
My steel has rusty spots. How do I clean and season it?
A shopper on Feb 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bar Keepers Helper. But the plate will age. It won't be like new forever. When I wash mine I don't dry it but put it on top of a burner and heat until all moisture is evaporated.
Is the baking steel coated? Does it need to be seasoned to keep it from rusting?
A shopper on Dec 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The steel comes pre-seasoned as best as I can tell, and care instructions do come with it. They say when you wash it to towel dry, allowing it to air dry may cause it to rust. So far we've been using our for 6+ months and there is no sign of rust anywhere on it and we have not needed to season it again.
I hand washed my pizza steel as directed. I'm not sure what happened, but after just one use it got completely discolored and rusty. I tried removing the rust with steel wool but it just got worse. What can I use to get it rust free and shiny again?
Kristin C on Nov 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I don't think you are suppose to use water to clean the baking steel. It is natural for it to discolor because of the heat from the oven or grill. I usually wipe mine off with a paper towel. For stubborn burnt on food or in your case rust you can use a pumice stone.
Can this be used on a Big Green Egg with successful results?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have not used it on a Big Green Egg but I am familiar with them. I don't see why not ...you could possibly replace the ceramic shelf with the steel.
We just got one of these and lost the instructions for seasoning it before first use. Any suggestions?
A shopper on Jan 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Re-seasoning Your Baking Steel™

While maintaining the seasoning should keep your Baking Steel in good condition, at some point you may need to repeat the seasoning process. If food sticks to the surface, or you notice a dull, gray color, repeat the seasoning process.

Wash the Baking Steel with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush. (It is okay to use soap this time because you are preparing to re-season the Baking Steel.)
Rinse and dry completely.
Apply a dab of organic flax seed oil (recommend Barleans) in the center of the Baking Steel. Take a paper towel and wipe the oil around the steel evenly. Use another paper towel and wipe off excess. Do this to both sides of the Baking Steel.
Set oven temperature to 375?-400?F.
Place Baking Steel on rack of the oven.
Bake the Baking Steel for one hour. After the hour, turn off the oven and let the Baking Steel cool in the oven.
How long to preheat?
A shopper on Nov 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I heat barbecue or stove up to 375 to 400. It heats very quickly compared to the stone I have. By the time at this temperature it is almost ready. I put corn meal on right before sliding pizza on.
Has anyone tried this with a gluten-free crust? I'm curious to see it there is a noticeable difference in the way the crust bakes.
Penny S on Feb 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This was a gift so I have not used the Baking Steel.
How long does it take to preheat?
A shopper on Jan 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 30 minutes is the suggsted preheating time.
use on outdoor grill

I love this product when i use it inside the house in my oven. If I use it on my grill has anyone found if it heats up as it does in the oven? Also what temp on the grill have you found is ideal for its use.
willy on Jul 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can be used on a grill. The ideal temp for this baking steel is around 500 Degrees.
Can the pizza steel be used for other baked goods like cookies and bread?
A shopper on Apr 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can. In fact, when Cooks' Illustrated compared the steel to a stone, bread rose higher and had a crustier exterior
Wood or Steel Peel?

I just purchased this stone and noticed it specifies to use only a wooden pizza peel with it, clearly stating ""DO NOT USE METAL UTENSILS."" Does that include a pizza peel? Do I need to replace my aluminum peel with a wood one
A shopper on Feb 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this does include the peel. You will need a wooden one
 

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