Care Technique To Keep Your Wooden Pizza Peel Useful For 100 Years

Do you love pizza enough to have a section in your will on which grandchild gets the family pizza peel? Well, you’re not alone. Now, you just have to keep that wooden pizza peel looking good for the next 100 years. The good news is that it’s not that difficult. Below are the basic steps. The most important key is to not let too much, if any, water get into the peel. Water will dry your wooden peel out and make it warp and crack.

Step 1 – Layer the wooden pizza peel with mineral oil. You do not need particular pizza peel oil. Save yourself some money and just visit your neighborhood hardware store and get some USP-grade mineral oil. Simply wipe the oil on the exterior of your peel and watch it absorb in. When the wood won’t take any more oil, you can clean off the excess with a clean dried wash cloth. Don’t get worried about putting on too much – more is better. You should do this routine monthly or as often as needed. Whatever you do don’t use vegetable or olive oil. They will in fact turn sour. Not very good.

Step 2 – Clean your pizza peel after each use. How can you clean the peel and not get it wet? Good question. Most of us don’t know how to use anything except for soap and water, but luckily some smart people figured out that you can (and should) use full-strength white vinegar. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such harmful bugs as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. If you don’t believe me, check out this interesting scientific article on the matter by O. Peter Snyder, Jr., PhD:

Step 3 – Brush your wooden peel when not in use. By keeping it spotless, you can preserve the life of your peel. Crumbs, melted cheese, and sauce can collect on the peel and make the surface uneven.

Step 4 – Keep your wooden pizza peel dry. Water is the enemy so store your peel far from the front lines of battle.

Step 5 – Do not leave your wooden pizza peel on hot surfaces. If a wooden peel is left on a hot surface, it will warp. Once warped, balancing a pizza on it can be quite a feat. If your wooden board is already warped, lay it out overnight with the warp (curved side) facing upward. In most cases this significantly reduces the problem. If the problem isn’t resolved, it is time to replace.

Now you understand how to take care of your wooden pizza peel for the next 100 years. Tell your grand kids “your welcome” for me.

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