I make sourdough pizza almost as often as I bake sourdough bread! Truth is, it's a staple in my house ... my family just gobble it up!
So after baking hundreds of sourdough pizzas, I thought I would put together a list of the equipment that I recommend to get the absolute best result from your sourdough pizza bakes.
I've tried to include options for everyone - for example if you want to bake sourdough pizza in your home oven or if you would like to purchase a dedicated gas fired pizza oven.
There's something here for everyone! And each item will make your sourdough pizza baking life so much easier ... and ultimately more successful!
I've also included some expert tips and tricks for you to ensure you get the most out of your equipment ... and of course the best result when you bake your sourdough pizza!
Now before we get into the equipment, you might also like to check out these sourdough pizza resources:
- Quick Sourdough Discard Pizza Dough Recipe
- Best Flour for Sourdough Pizza
- Sourdough in a Stand Mixer or Thermomix
- Differences Between Pizza Dough and Bread Dough
Best Equipment for Sourdough Pizza
Here's a quick summary of the equipment I use and recommend for sourdough pizza. I've included more detail on each one further down the post, but if you want to check out the items direct, you can just click on each one here:
- Digital Kitchen Scale - an essential for every sourdough kitchen
- Gas Fired Pizza Oven - for cooking sourdough pizza outdoors
- Wooden Pizza Peel - for resting shaped pizza bases
- Pizza Stone (can also use for bread baking) - for cooking in your home oven
- Perforated Pizza Trays - for cooking great sourdough pizza in your home oven
- Aluminium Pizza Peel - for transferring pizza from wooden peel to pizza oven
- Pizza Turner - for turning sourdough pizza while they're cooking
- Pizza Rocker (this is a must!) - everyone needs this for cutting pizza like a pro!
- Oven Thermometre - for making sure your oven temp is accurate
Gas Fired Pizza Oven
I love baking my sourdough pizza in an outdoor gas fired pizza oven! It makes the process so fun ... not to mention gives me the crispiest base ever! No sagging pizza bases here!
Now, I use an Ovana Gas Pizza Oven. I purchased it through Thermomix in Australia, so it's not available everywhere. However, you can purchase this Ooni Woodfired Oven which is equivalent to the one I use (and has excellent reviews). It's available world wide.
Most portable gas pizza ovens utilise the same technology and are nice and compact meaning they take up very little space - and can be taken with you if you wish (pizza in the park anyone?).
The Ooni comes with pretty much everything you need too which makes it a really cost effective option!
Since we've purchased a gas pizza oven we have saved so much money! No more take away since it's so easy to bake up pizza whenever we need to. It's fast too with most ovens, including the Ooni, being ready to bake in just 15 minutes and baking a pizza in just one minute! Seriously how good is that?
Wooden Pizza Peel
These pizza peels are so useful for pizza. I use them multiple times a week! I love them so much, I now own 7 of them!
I use them to rest my pizza bases once they're shaped. So we shape, place onto the peel and add the toppings before transferring them outside to the oven.
But, not only are they handy for sourdough pizza prep, wooden pizza peels are also great for transferring sourdough bread to the oven when you're baking without a Dutch Oven. They are also lovely for preparing sourdough fougasse.
They're super easy to clean too, just wipe them over and pop them away for next time.
Now this is an absolute game changer for pizza of any kind! Honestly, nothing makes you feel more like a pro chef than cutting your sourdough pizza with one of these!
I love my pizza rocker - but please be careful they are super sharp (as my 9 year old found out the hard way).
A pizza stone will help turn your home oven into a pizza parlour! It's a great alternative if you don't want to spend the money on an outdoor pizza oven. And you can use it for bread too when you don't want to use a Dutch Oven.
An oven thermometer is a really handy equipment for baking sourdough pizza because it helps to check whether your oven is at temperature. It's a great thing to have on hand for any baking really, but in particular for pizza because it's baked at such high temps.
It can be used on your home oven or outdoor pizza oven.
I love this one because it's fast and doesn't need to go inside the actual oven.
Aluminium Pizza Peel
These aluminium pizza peels are the perfect equipment for transferring your sourdough pizza bases from the wooden peel onto a hot pizza stone - whether it's in an outdoor pizza oven or your kitchen oven.
As long as you use plenty of semolina flour, you'll be able to do this with ease. The longer handle ensures you don't burn your hands or arms during this process. And the wide, perforated surface ensures that all your pizza toppings stay put.
A pizza turner is a must buy if you are baking sourdough pizza in an outdoor pizza oven. It allows you to turn the pizza during the cooking time - which is essential because most portable outdoor pizza ovens only have a heat source on one side. The turner allows you to ensure the pizza is cooked evenly.