Well, it was the first time using the Ooni this season but still. 😦
I don’t have a picture but suffice to say the one pizza came out in pieces and the first came out in one piece but not really charred on the bottom enough. My guess is one of two things: the pellets are not heating up the pizza stone enough and we need to look at a different pellet, and two the oven just wasn’t coming up to temperature(it’s supposed to come up to 925 ‘) and that’s why the second one wasn’t cooking right.
I went in the house and put together the third one, which was gouda cheese and jalapenos, and that cooked better and came out in one piece. I’ll need to check with Ooni about getting it up to the right temperature as it had enough time to do so. Also, check out different pellets at the store or online.
I only know of one other blogger who has an Ooni, but does anyone else use a pizza oven like this with any tips. Barclay did feed the pellets for almost 15 minutes but maybe that wasn’t long enough.
Oh well, cooking disasters can only make you stronger or get rid of the cause:(
4 thoughts on “Ha, The Ooni pizza disaster.”
One of my favorite quotes is from Ernest Hemingway: All first drafts are sh-t. All first times are the start, not the final project. I look forward to hearing how the pizza oven improves.
I’m sure I’ll do another follow-up post. 🙂
I use an IR Thermometer Gun (make sure it can go to 500ºC+) to check the stone temperature before I launch the first pizza. In my experience, Ooni is wildly optimistic about the time it takes to heat up and if this was your first use, this year, your pellets may have been damp from storage. Depending on which model you have, the pellet feeder is not always very reliable and fire management can be tricky.
If you suspect damp pellets, put a good quantity into a moderate oven in a roasting tray for 30 minutes – and drive off the moisture. It makes a difference.
Thanks for the tips. We do have a thermometer gun and that does help. I think we were just rushing the pizza in and didn’t let it come to temp. The one we did the other day came out perfect.