SHIPPING INFORMATION

Shipping is free for UK mainland via UPS next day service.

Orders received before 12noon Monday to Friday are shipped out that day via UPS on a next day tracked service.

You will receive an email confirming your order with a VAT invoice. If you have not received your order confirmation email, please check your junk/spam folder. If no order confirmation email has been received, please contact us and we will check your order for you.

You will receive a further email to confirm your order has been completed and this will contain your tracking information. You will be provided a time slot for delivery on the morning it has left the couriers depot

We have a 30 day no quibble guarantee. Even if you have used the baking steel and you find it doesn’t fit your requirements, simply contact us and we will arrange for the item to be returned to us for a full refund. We will cover the cost of shipping for the return

If you wish to cancel or change an existing order, please contact us without delay as our shipping process is quick and it is easier to change an order before it has been sent.

Currently to just the UK mainland. Shipping to the EU and other regions will be available at the end of November.

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USE AND CARE OF BAKING STEELS

The baking steel will arrive with an initial seasoning and is ready to use. We do recommend further seasoning to enhance the seasoning. Each steel comes with our own 100% natural UK beeswax formula for you to use with your steel and and any other carbon steel or cast iron cookware. You can purchase additional Beeswax from our online shop.

Seasoning is the process of adding a high smoke point oil to the steel and then heating it past it’s smoke point where it will polymerise into the the surface. The baked in oil is hydrophobic which gives it natural none stick surface and also protects the steel from corrosion.

Using the provided beeswax, apply a very small amount to the surface of the steel with the cloth and spread very evenly so there are no smears. We recommend doing this with cold or slightly warm steel. Do not do this with a hot steel as the wax will rapidly melt and it will be difficult to apply evenly on the steel.

Place the steel in the oven on maximum temperature and leave in there for an hour to allow the oil or wax to bake in to the steel. Turn off the oven and allow to cool in the oven. The surface will turn into a darker mahogany like colour, this is a good indication that the oils have polymerised into the steel. Do not be concerned if you have a slightly uneven coating, such as spots, as these will even out with further seasoning.

 

We recommend using neutral oils with a high smoke point. We have found that Grapeseed and Rapeseed are an excellent choice and we use a mixture of these in our own seasoning. Using beeswax seasoning wax is an excellent option as it provides an excellent seasoned finish that is not only durable, but also easier to apply.

Oils to avoid are fibrous oils such as olive oil.

Other oils such as vegetable oil are also a good option. Flaxseed can be used but it can be quite hard and brittle and prone to flaking.

Full instructions are provided with your baking steel

No. We use our own formula for the seasoning of the steels which is the same as our wax but without the beeswax itself so these steels are vegan friendly. If you are vegan and don’t wish to receive the Beeswax seasoning wax, please leave a note in the comment box in the checkout process.

A dry place away from moisture to prevent. You can store the baking steel on a rack at the bottom of your oven. It can effect the heat up time slightly but the extra thermal mass in there will smooth out hot spots in the oven and will also allow the oven to rapidly come back to temperature when you open the door. If you have any spills from food in the oven, the steel will be much easier to clean than the bottom of the oven itself.

Scrape off any remaining food debris and rinse with a cloth. Chainmail Scrubber
A useful kitchen gadget is a chain mail scrubber that can be found quite cheaply online. These are great for removing food from the baking steel and cast iron/carbon steel cookware and they don’t damage the seasoning. Soap can be used but shouldn’t be needed if the steel is well seasoned. Once clean, dry thoroughly and apply a coat of oil or beeswax seasoning wax and season in the oven.

Do not use detergents or any abrasive cleaning products as these can harm the  seasoning you have developed. Likewise, do not attempt to clean in a dishwasher.

HINTS AND TIPS

There are different designs of ovens and the optimum position for cooking pizza may change with each design. Gas ovens can be hotter at the top, fan ovens should be more evenly distributed but it is still possible to have hot spots. If you have a heating element at the top, then place the steel about 5 inches from the element. This should allow for the top to cooked at the same time as the base.

To test the hottest position in your oven and to discover if there are any hot spots, pre-heat the oven and then place 3 pieces of bread on each rack. The toasted bread will show where the hot spots and cooler parts of your oven are.

As a further test, try again with the baking steel at the bottom of the oven and see how well it evens out the heat, or not.

A dry place away from moisture to prevent. You can store the baking steel on a rack at the bottom of your oven. It can effect the heat up time slightly but the extra thermal mass in there will smooth out hot spots in the oven and will also allow the oven to rapidly come back to temperature when you open the door. If you have any spills from food in the oven, the steel will be much easier to clean than the bottom of the oven itself.

Infrared Thermometer Gun You can use the guidelines in the table below or you can use an infrared thermometer which can be found online for approximately £15. Another method is to drip a few small drops of water onto the steel. The water should “dance” and bounce off the steel. If it simply steams off, then please allow more time for the steel to get to temperature

Joseph Daniels baking steels can be used for a variety of uses other than coking directly on.

A hob in the oven– A preheated baking steel is essentially a hob in your oven. This will promote baking when using baking tins as it will rapidly conduct heat into your tin and then the dough. This method works especially well for deep pan pizzas and also Yorkshire puddings

A cold plate – Freeze the baking steel in the freezer for an hour or two and then use as a cold plate.

Griddle – Use on the hob as a griddle. This works especially well for naan breads (video coming soon)

STEEL BUYING GUIDE

If pizza is your first choice, then the heavier the steel, the better as it can hold more heat and transmit that heat at a quicker rate than a lighter steel. The heaviest steels we have are the 10mm and over 10kg in weight and are perfect for pizza and can store enough heat for multiple pizzas to be cooked on one after another. Lighter steels may require some recovery time between each cook.

If bread is your first choice, then the 6mm and 8mm steels will serve you well. The heavier 10mm steel may be too powerful for a larger loaf and could overcook the bottom crust. You can still use the 6mm and 8mm baking steels for excellent pizza but the cook times and results will vary slightly from the 10mm and will require some recovery time between each pizza.

We suggest getting the largest that will fit in your oven as it will give you more options on the size of breads and pizzas. For pizza, a larger rectangular baking steel is the best choice as it is both heavier and more powerful. It will also provide a larger surface area when launching your pizza from the peel. The smaller 340mm diameter can be a small target to hit when launching from the peel.

Below is a table showing all the sizes of steels we currently have and their expected pre-heat times and the expected cooking time for pizza. These are purely a guide as the results can change depending on the performance of your own oven.

SizeWeightHeat Up Time (approx.)Pizza Cook TimeMultiple pizzas?
340mm Diameter x 6mm4.1 kg45 minutes6-8 minutesAllow time for steel to recover heat
340mm Square x 6mm5.2 kg45 minutes6-8 minutesAllow time for steel to recover heat
340x400mm x 6mm6.1 kg45-60 minutes6-7 minutesAllow time for steel to recover heat
340mm Square x 8mm7.1 kg45-60 minutes5-6 minutesAllow short time for steel to recover heat
340x400mm x 8mm8.25 kg60 minutes5-6 minutesSuitable for multiple pizza cooks
340x400mm x 10mm10.2 kg60 minutes4-5 minutesSuitable for multiple pizza cooks
Big Joe -10mm10.05 kg60 minutes4-5 minutesSuitable for multiple pizza cooks