A pizza peel is a kitchen essential for pie-lovers, and can also make an excellent gift for an Italian food-loving buddy. The first thing you need to consider when perusing the pizza peel marketplace is whether you want to go down the wood route or head straight to metalsville. Arguably, metal is the more professional option and offers a thinner design. However, wood has its merits too. It's more aesthetically pleasing, can double as a chopping board and you can take a wooden peel straight to the table to serve.
Chef Pomodoro Aluminum Metal Pizza Peel
This ticks all our boxes with a thin, commercial-grade aluminum head, but a wooden handle for heat protection. This boasts the ability to fold up to 12 by 14 inches for easy storage. When you need to extend the peel, you loosen the screw, turn the handle 180-degrees and re-tighten. This gives you a safe-distance-from-the-heat length of 24-inches. Compatible with most specialist pizza ovens, as well as normal household ones, this has a safety back step ledge near the handle to stop pizza sliding off.
Pizza Royale Premium Natural Bamboo Pizza Peel
A classic wooden option, the Pizza Royale peel is made from ethically sourced bamboo with the attractive boast that it will not split, warp or crack. The lightweight bamboo wood means even if you're moving a fully-loaded monster of a pizza, the board shouldn't be too heavy to manage, especially with the contoured handle design. The large option is perfect for pizzas up to 12-inches in diameter, while the extra-large option has a generous 15-inch width.
Kitchen Supply Aluminum Pizza Peel with Wood Handle
Available in three widths - 12-inch, 14-inch, and 16-inch - this gives you up to a 28-inch reach to keep you super-safe from the heat of your oven or your fingers away from your pizza stone. The thin aluminum head has rounded corners and a reinforced handle for added stability. If you lightly dust the surface of this peel with bread flour or cornmeal first, you can make hand-made pizzas right on the peel itself before sliding them off into the oven.
Update International Premium Wooden Pizza Peel
This traditional wooden peel comes in a variety of paddle and handle sizes. But we're interested in the option that gives you a 42-inch length. This is ideal for specialist outdoor pizza ovens, where staying back from the heat is essential as temperatures can reach up to 900 degrees. Made from food-safe rubberwood hardwood, this peel measures half an inch thick and has an exceptionally smooth finish for sliding food on and off it. You're advised to give this peel an oil treatment before you first use it to enhance its functionality and durability.
EXO Non-Stick Polymer Sealed Pizza Peel
Although it is the most pricey option we're featuring, if you've never had success when managing a more traditional pizza peel, this EXO option could be a total game-changer for you. Its special design takes away the hassle of trying to pick up and slide off potentially sticky doughy pizzas. This "Polymer Sealed Super Peel" uses a patented built-in conveyor belt type design to lift your pizza and set it gently and precisely on your pizza stone or in your oven.
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If we could pick just one peel from this selection, we'd reach for the Chef Pomodoro product. It's well worth getting to grips with how to use a thin metal pizza peel for skillful pie handling.
If you're cooking in an outdoor pizza oven, safety will be a big concern, so something like the Update International Premium Wooden Pizza Peel will appeal with its long handle to keep you well away from the heat.
The EXO choice is perfect for pizza handling beginners as it does all the work of getting your pie into the oven for you — you just have the terribly arduous task of eating it when it comes out...