The Ultimate Guide To Using Your Cozze Pizza Oven

Pizza being removed from a Cozze Pizza Oven

So, you’ve unboxed your brand-new Cozze pizza oven. Or perhaps you’ve been using yours for some time and wish to experiment with your oven. Are you wondering where to start or how to make the most out of your new Cozze pizza oven?

Imagine the hottest day of summer, your garden buzzing with the laughter and chatter of friends and family, all gathered around as you slide a perfectly-topped pizza into your Cozze pizza oven. The aroma of melting cheese and sizzling toppings fills the air, promising a feast that turns this gathering into an unforgettable celebration of food, fun, and shared moments. With this guide, you’ll be equipped to make that vivid scene a reality, mastering the art of pizza making and becoming the heart of every outdoor gathering.

Learning Its Features

Cozze Pizza Oven ready to cook in the garden

Your Cozze Pizza Oven has everything you need to have a gateway to culinary exploration. Some models boast a digital heat management system, courtesy of an integrated thermometer, ensuring your oven reaches and maintains the perfect pizza-baking temperature. The oven comes equipped with a solid LFGB-approved cordierite pizza stone, renowned for its heat retention and distribution qualities once warmed up, promising that golden crust we all crave. Plus, your pizza oven also has a pizza door to moderate the oven’s internal flames and keep the heat consistent for your baking masterpiece. Leverage its precise heat management, superior stone quality, and effective door design, and you’ll be able to elevate your pizza-baking skills.

Cooking with the Cozze Electric Pizza Oven

To kickstart your pizza journey, let’s talk about using the electric version of the Cozze Pizza Oven. Here’s how to make the magic happen:

Preparation: Position the pizza oven and stone correctly. Plug it in and warm it up to between 350°C and 400°C by pushing the control button and then turning it clockwise. The Cozze infrared thermometer is your best friend for pinpoint accuracy on stone temperature. Remember, the stone takes a bit longer to heat, about 20 minutes, to be precise. Be mindful of the elements; a windy day can influence heating times.
Baking: Once preheated, slide your pizza onto the stone with a paddle. Don’t fiddle with the temperature; just let it do its thing. After 40 seconds, give your pizza a quarter turn for an even bake. Repeat until your pizza is crisp and the cheese has melted.
Enjoyment: After a few rotations, your pizza is ready to exit the oven. Let it cool just a tad before slicing and diving into the flavours with your loved ones.

Cooking with the Cozze Gas Pizza Oven

For those who prefer the classic feel of cooking with gas, the procedure is very similar to that of the electric variant. Here are the differences in the cooking process to master the gas-powered Cozze:

Setup: Ensure a 50 cm clearance around the oven for safety. Avoid overhangs and flammable materials.
Ignition: Connect to a gas bottle, set it to the highest temperature, and let it heat for about 20 minutes.
Baking: Once hot, lower the heat to medium when the pizza goes in to prevent burning. Rotate every 30 seconds until perfection is achieved. Like its electric sibling, the gas oven emphasises the necessity of a blazing hot environment for that perfect pizza outcome.

Cozze Pizza Oven ready to cook in at an outdoor kitchen

Cleaning Your Pizza Oven

After the feast, a little tidying up ensures your oven is always ready for the next round. Here’s a quick cleanup guide:

Exterior: A soft cloth, mild detergent, or baking soda solution does the trick. Rinse well after.
Interior: “Burning off” the oven by keeping the heat on high for about 15 minutes post-use minimises residue. A monthly deep clean extends the oven’s lifespan.
Pizza Stone: Brush off leftovers with the Cozze wire brush. If needed, rinse with water but dry thoroughly before the next use.

Using Extra Tools and Accessories

The secret to pizza perfection lies in the tools, and the Cozze range of pizza oven accessories has a bounty of extras that will take your pizza oven game to the next level. A pizza paddle, especially one with holes, reduces mess and enhances crust crispiness. However, paddles without holes are more suited to thicker-crust pizza, as their solid surface provides the uniform heat distribution required in deep-dish varieties. Meanwhile, a rotary peel can be a game-changer for manoeuvring your pizza, ensuring an evenly cooked masterpiece every time.

Lastly, a stainless steel grill brush keeps your oven pristine. Made of stainless steel, this brush is designed to help get the tough bits of dirt, burnt-on food and grease off and leave it as good as new. Its T-shape is perfect for cleaning in between the grill. Just be sure to use the grill brush with light pressure to avoid scratches on the grill rack.
Unleashing Your Pizza Creativity
Unlocking the full potential of your Cozze pizza oven involves more than just mastering the basics. It’s about embarking on a culinary adventure that pushes the boundaries of traditional pizza making.

Firstly, it’s important to realise that the greatest quality of pizza is that you can put just about anything on it. It’s an infinite canvas for your culinary creation, and your Cozze pizza oven is the tool that brings these ideas to life, allowing you to explore an endless array of combinations. Use ingredients from your pantry or fridge to craft something unique. Even if the outcome isn’t exactly what you expected, each attempt is a step forward in your pizza-making journey.

The Low & Slow Technique

Pizza going in to a Cozze pizza oven to be cooked

One technique that works great in a pizza oven is the “low & slow” method of cooking which produces thin, crispy New York-style pizza that melts in your mouth. Here is how to do it:

  1. Create a Thin Base: Start with rolling or stretching your dough to get that thin, iconic New York-style base. The goal is to keep it even and thin but strong enough to hold your chosen toppings.
  2. Preheat and Prepare: As with any pizza, preheat your Cozze oven on high for about 20 minutes. This step is crucial for achieving the right cooking environment for your pizza.
  3. Cooking with Residual Heat: When it’s time to cook, place your pizza inside but turn off the heat. Remove the pizza door to allow some airflow. This technique relies on the residual heat retained by the pizza stone and the oven’s interior to cook the pizza gently, ensuring the base becomes crispy without overcooking the toppings.
  4. The Final Burst: Once your pizza has puffed up and taken on some colour—indicative of a crispy base—reignite the heat for a brief moment. This final burst of high temperature ensures the toppings are perfectly baked, melding flavours together and achieving that ideal finish.

This is just one way of embracing different ideas on how to make a perfect pizza. Don’t hesitate to try new things, mix up your techniques, and see where your culinary imagination can take you. Who knows? Your next pizza could be the talk of your next social event.