Making the best choice of baking stone for your home needs to consider many parameters of food preparation. Some of them are said to be related to heat distribution, heat retention, heat injection, moisture absorption, temperature control thermal insulation, tensile strength and elasticity. You need to evaluate all these properties based on practical results obtained under varying temperature and working conditions. You can do it in the pre purchase stage by reading through the reviews from experts and users. Once you start using the baking stone you will be able discover the secrets practically.
Heat Distribution of Baking Stone
When you place the baking stone on a source of heat, it gets absorbed by the stone. But the heat may get concentrated at one particular location. If you observe carefully, the temperature at the point of absorption will be the highest. The other parts in the outer perimeter may not receive this heat at all. A good quality baking stone has to address this problem and ensure uniform heat distribution.
- Manufacturers like CastElegance had realized this problem at the very early stages of baking stone making. Hence they have fine tuned the manufacturing process to enable uniform heat distribution from the core to the peripherals.
- The heat conducting property of the material is tested under varying temperatures. When the material is able to transfer the heat within its layers in a gradual manner (vertically), the casting process is fine tuned to make the heat spread out horizontally. This process is backed by precision design and accurate casting process. By adhering to the FDA and EU standards, the manufacturers are able to arrive at a fine combination of materials and design to make the perfect baking stone.
Heat retention of Baking Stone
Turning off the heat or lowering of heat on the baking stone might lead to heat expulsion from the peripheral areas. This could result in more heating time or poor quality baking when you use the stone next time. Hence the heat retention property of the baking stone is vital when you need to give a “break” in between food preparations.
- Design of the baking stone is considered to be the main parameter which decides the heat retention property of the material. Companies like CastElegance have conducted lots of research and development into this aspect over many years. Finally they have come up with a unique and perfect formula which can retain the heat up to 5000F and above consistently.
- The sort of materials used in casting of the baking stone also males a good impact on the heat retention property. Thermarite is said to be the top quality material which can retain heat without letting it disperse away.
Heat Injection from Baking Stone
The ability of the baking stone to inject heat at various points can enhance the quality and taste of the pizza. Right volume of injection can result in crispy and fully baked pizza of your choice. The material strength and quality of CastElegance baking stone can ensure these properties.