9 Essential Products for the Homemade Pizza Enthusiast

Williams Sonoma/Amazon
Williams Sonoma/Amazon

Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the United States, and for good reason. After all, it’s relatively inexpensive, can travel well, and has tons of different ways it can be prepared. And really, it’s just plain delicious.

Even though restaurants or a delivery service are the obvious ways to get a slice of pizza, there are those who like to cut out the middleman to get right to the good stuff: a.k.a. making pizza from the comfort of home. Check out some accessories that will help any homemade pizza enthusiast get dinner on the table faster than you can say “Hot-N-Ready.”

1. Pizza Stone; $44

Pizza stone sold on Amazon.
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You'll want to invest in a pizza stone in order to get the necessary heat for a truly crispy pie, and there’s a reason why this model has a 4.7-star rating on Amazon. Made of durable cordierite, this pizza stone can withstand temperatures up to 2000°F, and it doesn’t smoke or burn—ensuring that your pie will always turn out tasty, whether you put your stone in your home oven or on your grill outside. It's all about holding heat evenly when using a pizza stone, according to Popular Mechanics, and this one is a smart choice that won't bust your budget.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Pizza Maker; $41

A pizza maker.
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If you don’t want to use the oven and there’s no grill in sight, try a pizza maker. Perfect for a 12-inch pie, this nonstick pizza maker from Betty Crocker has your pizza ready in only 15-20 minutes, and it’s fitted with a self-regulated thermostat to make sure that your pie always cooks evenly. If you ever get sick of pizza (not that that’s possible), you can also use it to make frittatas, quesadillas, giant cookies, and more. And it’s dishwasher-safe, so cleanup is easier than ringing your favorite delivery place.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Pizza Pan; $17

A Cuisinart nonstick pizza pan.
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Just like every house needs a good foundation, every pizza needs a solid crust. To make sure that your crust is never too burnt or too soggy, check out this Cuisinart nonstick pizza pan. Fitted for a 14-inch pie (a standard large), this pan has a perforated surface to crisp up your crust, and it’s made of heavy gauge aluminized steel, helping it heat consistently throughout. Its thick-roll edges also prevent any warping, so if you’re one of those people who loves to have their pizza and eat the crust, too, this pan has got you covered.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Pizza Cutter Wheel; $15

A Kitchy pizza cutter.
Kitchy/Amazon

Ever worry about destroying your perfect pizza because of a dull knife? Never fret over serving dinner again with this nifty pizza wheel from Kitchy. It has a precision blade to slice cleanly through your pie the first time you use it, and it even has a protective blade guard to make sure that nothing gets sliced except for dough and cheese. About the size of your palm and easy to dismantle for both manual washing and the dishwasher, this wheel is incredibly easy to store and guarantees you never have to awkwardly hack away at your pie ever again.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Pizza Seasoning Kit; $24

A pizza seasoning kit from Williams Sonoma.
Williams Sonoma

Put a little spice in your life (or on your pizza) with this carefully crafted set of herbs and spices from Williams Sonoma. This trio is sourced by a family-owned spice company to make sure that your meal always tastes like it’s come straight from the heart of Italy. Including a jar of Greek oregano leaves, warm red chili flakes, and a special blend of Mediterranean herbs and spices, this kit will have you saying “Mangia!” before you even crack open your first jar.

Buy it: Williams Sonoma

6. The Elements of Pizza: Unlocking the Secrets to World-Class Pies at Home Cookbook; $27

A pizza cookbook.
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Whether you’ve been making your own pizza for as long as you can remember or you’re just now learning the difference between a pizza stone and a pizza peel, this cookbook will teach you the skills you need to become an artisanal pizza expert. It will take you through the entire process of making pizza, from learning how to make different kinds of dough and mastering sauce recipes, to creating new pizza styles and testing your creative limits. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to start inventing your own recipes like the pizza maestro you are.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Pizza Peel; $25

Pizza peel on Amazon.
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You’ll feel like you’re running your own restaurant with this gorgeous pizza peel from Chef Pomodoro. With a 4.4-star rating on Amazon, it's made from 100 percent acacia wood, measures 12 inches across, and is designed to make pizza transfer in and out of the oven a snap. This peel also sports a sleek, classic design, making it worthy of display in your kitchen year-round.

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8. Pizza Oven Kit; $115

Pizza Oven on Amazon.
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Turn your kettle grill into a wood-fired oven with this pizza kit. Designed to fit all 18.5- and 22.5-inch kettle grills, the kit features a stainless-steel sleeve that sits perfectly between the bottom and top of your grill, creating a cooking chamber that keeps the temperature steady—and hot! The sleeve can heat up to a whopping 900°F, cooking your pizza quickly and giving it that smoky flavor that’s usually found in only the most authentic kitchens. Including a high-temp thermometer and a 14-inch pro pan, this kit will help you perfect the art of grilling pizza in the great outdoors.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Pizza Slice Containers; $23

Pizza slice holders that are available on Amazon.
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Got extra pizza? Yeah, we haven’t heard of that, either. But just in case you simply can’t finish that last slice and want to keep it as fresh as it was when it first came out of the oven, these single slice storage containers are the perfect solution to your leftover woes. These containers are safe for the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher (making them super long-lasting) and they’re BPA-free, keeping your pizza clear of any unwanted toxins. Bundled in a package of six, you’ll have plenty on hand if you ever want to be selfless enough to share leftover pizza with dinner guests (or keep it all for yourself; we won’t judge).

Buy it: Amazon

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To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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