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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Pizza Oven Kit; $115

Kettle Pizza/Amazon

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

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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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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

Mobile Pixels
Mobile Pixels

If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

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