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Things You Never Knew You Can Do with Baking Steel

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Like the KettlePizza itself, Baking Steel is a versatile product with many uses beyond its primary function of providing higher dome temperatures for pizza ovens — like our KettlePizza.  Baking Steel is a 3/16-inch thick pre-seasoned round steel that that fits 22.5-inch kettle grills, like the Weber.  Because it radiates heat so quickly, Baking Steel provides a really hot ceiling for quick crisping on the top of the pizza.

Baking Steel is included with the Made in the USA KettlePizza Serious Eats Special Edition — a deluxe kit we developed in partnership with Baking Steel and Slice Serious Eats and wrote about last week (it’s still on sale!).

You can, however, also purchase Baking Steel from us separately as an enhancement to your existing Kettle Pizza. Baking Steel is on sale from KettlePizza right now for $79.75!

Did you know that in addition to using Baking Steel to make crisper pizzas, you can use it to cook safe_imagejust about anything you’d use a griddle for.  If it’s breakfast you’re hungry for, wait until the coals get good and hot then lay out strips of bacon, crack open a couple of fresh eggs and pour the pancake batter directly on to Baking Steel.  In a flash you’ll be feasting on a grand slam-style breakfast just like a couple of us did a few days ago. (If you want the full treatment, you can check out our video here).

In addition to breakfast, veggies, steaks and fish that love searing, burgers and hot dogs all taste great off of a Baking Steel.  It’s a very versatile product that just keeps on giving.

Of course, we think Baking Steel has it’s finest moments when it’s joined together with a KettlePizza, churning out great pizzas every four-five minutes for your guests.  But when pizza isn’t on the menu, fire up the grill anyway and put the Baking Steel through it paces with your own creative recipes.

Please let us know what you come up with. We’d love to see your pictures and videos of your Baking Steel at work and we’ll share them with the KettlePizza community.

Serious about Neapolitan Pizza? A KettlePizza Serious Eats Special Edition Awaits You

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Get the the KettlePizza Serious Eats Special Edition if authentic Neapolitan Pizza whets your appetite.

There’s a mystique to Neapolitan Pizza shared by no other style of pizza. On one hand it’s among the most basic of wood-fired pizzas — just add fresh tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, a little basil and olive oil. On the other hand, however, you’ll need an oven capable of reaching up to 900 degrees F to turn out pizza in under two minutes.

Easy, right?  Not so fast.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a stone pizza oven in your backyard, paying $3,000.00 and even up to $10,000 for the privilege, then we hope you have been enjoying authentic Neapolitan Pizza for some time. But if you’re anything like the rest of us, there’s a host of priorities that come before an expensive backyard wood-fired pizza stone oven.  Oh, you know, things like heating bills, college tuition and Christmas presents come to mind.

But what if you could own an easy-to-use, very affordable wood-fired pizza oven that could turn out a delicious Neapolitan Pizza inside of two minutes, and for a fraction of the price of a wood-fired stone pizza oven?

That’s exactly why we partnered with our friend Andris Lagsdin, creator of the Baking Steel, and the folks at Slice Serious Eats, to create the KettlePizza Serious Eats Special Edition, which includes all the bells and whistles necessary for the budget-conscious, hard-core pizza lovers among us.  The kit comes with our Prograte, tombstone, a Baking Steel, wood and aluminum peels and it’s all yours for only $399.99.

And as always, ten percent of the proceeds from every Made in the USA KettlePizza Serious Eats Special Edition Kit we sell goes to Feeding America — the largest hunger relief charity in the US.

Don’t only take our word for it, though.  Here’s what a few KettlePizza Serious Eats Special Edition customers recently had to say:

Setup was very easy, took about 20 minutes to assemble.  It was also very easy to get it heated up and ready to bake.  My first pizzas cooked fast … and were perfect. 

– Barry Duel from Frontenac, MO.

Amazing product that allows me to make the best pizza I’ve ever made.

– James LaCaria from Herndon, VA

I’m looking forward to pizza parties at the house.  This is one of the best additions I’ve made to my entertaining repertoire in years.  Great product with only a small learning curve for very respectable results.

– Gary from OH

This is awesome!  Labor Day Weekend we were cranking pizzas out in under 4 minutes!

– Nick from Hawthorne, NJ

For more information about the KettlePizza Serious Eats Special Edition, please visit us.  A Neapolitan Pizza is calling out to you!

P.S. Come back soon for more information on the versatility of the Baking Steel.

 

Great Veggie Pizza Options for ‘Meatless Monday’

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imagesWe all know it’s important to eat our veggies. People who eat more vegetables are less likely to get cancer, heart disease and diabetes. They also have an easier time managing their weight. Now there’s evidence that vegetable and fruit consumption could be as good for your mental health as it is your physical health.

At KettlePizza, we say, what could be more delicious than getting your daily fill of vegetables via pizza?

Need more inspiration? Here are a few ideas for creating your own delicious veggie pizzas:

Get creative with your sauce

We’re not knocking traditional tomato sauce, which tastes great with many different kinds of vegetables. But why not mix it up with a different base on your pizza? Try pesto, alfredo sauce, simple garlic & olive oil, barbecue sauce, creamy ranch, or even hummus.

Pre-grill veggies for even more delicious flavor

Some vegetables – like peppers and onions – taste completely different when roasted or grilled before adding them to your pizza. Pre-grilling vegetables like zucchini and eggplant helps reduce the amount of moisture in these vegetables, intensifies their sweetness and adds some smoky char flavor. Vegetables like zucchini, summer squash and tomatoes can become very watery (and bland-tasting) on pizza; pre-grilling them will bring out new flavors that complement your pie.

Turn side dishes into the main attraction

Haven’t tried Brussels sprouts on pizza yet? Take a look at this mouth-watering recipe or shave brussels sprouts leaves (this works for asparagus too) and combine them with some other favorite toppings.

Make a ‘salad pizza’

Even greens can work on a grilled pizza. Raw radicchio or kale go from bitter and sharp to sweet and charred when cooked in your KettlePizza. Arugula is a popular green that only needs a quick grill to bring out its peppery flavor. Caesar salad pizza, made with either romaine lettuce, is something that everyone has to try.

Experiment with a veggie crust

Cauliflower (perhaps the new kale?) is an amazingly versatile veggie. Another new way to enjoy this white cruciferous vegetable is by turning it into a pizza crust. Check here for a cauliflower crust recipe that can be used in pizza, calzones and breadsticks.

Take it to the next level and go Vegan

All the delicious options for sauces and toppings may make it easier to forgo cheese on your pizza. Read this OregonLive article for inspiration and options when it comes to making a Vegan, no cheese pizza.

KettlePizza Makes a Great Holiday Gift!

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KettlePizza is an ideal holiday gift for a foodie or anyone who enjoys great tasting pizza hot off the grill!

If you haven’t already noticed, the holiday season is upon us.

As you’re shopping for that perfect gift this year, we suggest you consider Made in the USA KettlePizza.

Perfect for grill aficionados and foodies looking for new recipes, or for families that enjoy home cooked meals and entertaining friends, the innovative KettlePizza kit is a wonderful way to bring wood-fired oven flavor to your cooking and entertaining repertoire without the expense of buying or building a brick or stone oven in your backyard!

For the person who already has a KettlePizza and loves using it, consider one of these great gifts:

KettlePizza Wooden Pizza Peel and Cordierite Stone Kit

Kit includes the KettlePizza 22 inch wooden pizza peel and the 15″ cordierite pizza stone.  Great for use with the KettlePizza or in your home oven.

KettlePizza Metal Pro Pizza Peel and Cordierite Stone Kit

Kit includes the KettlePizza pro grade pizza peel and the 15″ cordierite pizza stone.  Great for use with the KettlePizza or in your home oven.

KettlePizza ProGrate & Tombstone Combination Kit

Made specifically for the hardcore KettlePizza user or professional who wants faster cooking cycles and higher dome temperatures for near-Neopolitan pizza results.

Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at these gift-giving experts who have recommended KettlePizza in their holiday gift guide lists:

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And don’t forget to check us out on on page 67 of the annual Tailgater Magazine Holiday Gift Guide too!

KettlePizza is available online at www.kettlepizza.com and also at Amazon.com, Hayneedle, HomeDepot.com, Target.com, Wal-Mart.com and Wayfair.com.

Happy Thanksgiving from the KettlePizza Family

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It’s been an exhilarating few weeks here at KettlePizza. So as we head full speed into the holiday season, Happy-Thanksgiving-from-The-Twinerywe wanted to take this opportunity to fill you in on what we have been up to, which is a lot:  we added to our dealer network here in the US and abroad, announced a super holiday sale on our Made in the USA KettlePizza kits and accessories, and celebrated our third year in our current manufacturing and office location.

As if that wasn’t enough excitement for one month, we even drew the interest of a business reporter who was curious enough in our story to interview us, tour the plant, meet our employees and enjoy a few slices right off of a piping hot KettlePizza.

We were flattered and grateful when this article appeared in the Boston Business Journal.  And also very thankful to all of our customers and business partners without whom we would not be where we are today.

In case you missed some of the recent KettlePizza happenings, here’s a recap:

  • To jump-start the holiday shopping season, and as some of you already know, we launched our holiday sale well in advance of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. We are offering huge discounts off of select KettlePizza merchandise now and through Monday, Dec. 1, aka Cyber Monday.   Please start filling those shopping carts!
  • Also, we really want to encourage everyone to “shop small” this Saturday, November 29, which is Small Business Saturday.  Founded four years ago by American Express, Small Business Saturday has become a powerful, annual movement and supports the businesses who are largely responsible for job creation and for keeping the jobs in the US.
  • Our national and international network of dealers continues to expand.  Today, we have established partnerships with dealers in 20 US states and internationally we are now working with distributors in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the UK, and our newest partner, On the Patio in the Republic of South Africa.  On top of this, we grew direct sales to nearly 60 countries, and
  • This is the three-year anniversary of our move into our headquarters at 8 Federal Way, Groveland, Mass., a
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    KettlePizza worldwide headquarters, 8 Federal Way, Groveland, Mass.

    small town of less than 7,000 residents and located 31 miles north of Boston. Our modern offices and manufacturing space give us the room we need to grow.  If you’re ever in the area and want to see the how we make the KettlePizza, the door is always open.

The KettlePizza community is global, passionate and growing. With close to 34,000 likes on Facebook, a growing Twitter following and this blog, we look forward to another year of engaging with you while providing you with updates about your favorite wood fired pizza oven.

Above all things, we are thankful for the year-long support of our customers and partners.  With that said, the KettlePizza family would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.  And we know you know what to do with any leftover turkey.  To get you started, here’s a great turkey pizza recipe.

25 – 50% Discounts on the KettlePizza and Accessories Begins Sunday!

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While it may be hard to believe, ’tis the season.  Yes, the holiday season is upon us and that can only wishlistmean one thing: the greatest savings period of the year for gift-buying is just around the corner.

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday.  Back-to-back-to-back opportunities to click through your holiday shopping list while experiencing significant savings.

This year, KettlePizza is once again doing its part to help make your holiday shopping experience more enjoyable and affordable because from Sunday, November 23 through Cyber Monday, Dec. 1, we’re offering 25-50% off of our Made in the USA KettlePizza kits and accessories.

Yes, you read it right — up to 50% off starting this Sunday.

If you’ve been thinking about sharing the joy you’re experiencing with your own KettlePizza with a loved one, friend or colleague, there will be no better time than from Nov. 23 – Dec. 1 to make your purchase. And if you’ve been putting off buying your first KettlePizza, or want to add to your collection, well, the sale begins in four short days.

This year, we decided to kick off our holiday sale prior to Black Friday, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.  We will not be surprised to see other small businesses throughout the US do the same.  One thing is for sure:  come Small Business Saturday on December 29, small businesses in every industry and category and in every nook and cranny in the country will be pulling all the stops to help you check off all of the items on your holiday shopping list.

Whether you’re shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, we encourage you to make our country’s small businesses the first stop on your shopping excursions. It’s the small businesses who continue to fuel job growth and keep the jobs in the US.  At KettlePizza, we’ve been committed to US job growth since day one. Without our small businesses, personalized service and the quality we’ve come to expect and love from a hands-on approach to building and servicing better products will become obsolete.

You’ll  be hearing from us throughout the season, but until the next time, we’d like to thank you for your business and wish you and yours the happiest and healthiest holiday season.

Fire Up the Braai: KettlePizza Welcomes South Africa to its Global Community

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While it’s true that Americans love a good barbecue, for many residents of South Africa, a braai (their word for barbecue)  is a way of life.  As one American expat now living in South Africa puts it: logo-big

“A braai is acceptable for any  occasion. That’s right. Birthday braai, Christmas braai, going away braai, welcome home braai, a Wednesday night just to get a few friends together braai, a graduation braai, housewarming braai, these are all perfectly acceptable times to have a braai.”

When our love of a good barbecue, especially where pizza is involved, led us down the path of KettlePizza (we started building and selling the KettlePizza right of out Al’s barn in Boxford, Massachusetts about four years ago), having a passionate customer base in South Africa was pretty far from our thoughts.  But some four years later, and thanks to a lot of hard work, the KettlePizza is now readily available to the braai-loving people of South Africa through our exclusive partnership with On the Patio, “the trusted destination for all things home outdoor related.”

On the Patio and KettlePizza have a lot in common beyond our passion for pizza cooked on a wood-fired grill. Like KettlePizza, On the Patio was founded by two friends. Like KettlePizza, the idea for On the Patio was born out of a frustration.

In the case of On the Patio,  it happens to be two friends who were frustrated by the lack of a one-stop shopping site that catered to the home outdoor lifestyle. As On the Patio Director Craig Simpson said, “As South Africans, we love our patios, our stoeps, sitting outside sharing a cold one. It is part of who we are, it is in our DNA, which is why when we looked online for specific, original products and experiences for the home outdoor lifestyle and couldn’t find much, we took action.”

Similarly, many of you already know KettlePizza was born out of a frustration with the lack of an affordable way to cook real wood-fired pizza without requiring the cook to remove the grill cover to feed the fire or check the pizza.

The stars aligned and KettlePizza and On the Patio, despite being separated by some 7,900 miles, found each other.  So excited are our new business partners, and friends, that the folks at On the Patio commissioned this outstanding video show casing KettlePizza:

Since that faithful day in 2010, KettlePizza has been shipped to more than 50 countries.  Our US distributor base is growing, and in addition we now have KettlePizza dealers in Canada, Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and now South Africa.

We welcome On the Patio to the KettlePizza global community and hope you will too by visiting their company website, by popping over to “like” their Facebook page and by following them on Twitter.