Wood-Fired Ovens Go Nicely With Hardwood Floors

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If you’re a foodie, you know the difference between cooked and smoked. Using wood as part of the cooking process is a healthy way to make all sorts of food taste infinitely better. Plus, a wood-fired oven looks incredible with finished hardwood floors and oak decor. Even small backyards can fit a beautiful wood-fired oven and will quickly become the centre of entertaining guests.

People have been using fire to cook since our predecessors – homo erectus. They harnessed flames to soften, sanitise, and enhance food, allowing them to spend more time doing things other than chewing. This tradition has stayed with us, and with modern wood-fired ovens it is easier than ever.

For pizzas and some smaller dishes, you’ll be able to “quick light” your oven. For more hearty dishes you will need some fire maintenance that can take a couple of hours.

Oven tools you might need are an ember rake or coal scoop, a pan hook, and pizza shovel. These tools will help you move the fire around, and help you in replacing the wood, so your oven gets to about 400 degrees Celsius.

Cooking Meat with a Wood-Fired Oven

Contrary to popular belief, that smoky flavour we love in meat does not come from just any old smoke. When juices drip from meat onto the wood, it is the wood smoke percolating back up that returns flavour to the meat.

Roasting meats in a wood-fired oven is ideal between 230 and 315 degrees Celsius.

Whether you want to cook a big holiday ham to serve a large guest list at a dinner party or salmon on cedar wood for a family supper, using your wood-fired oven for meat is easier than you might think.

Cooking Pizza with a Wood-Fired Oven

Of course, one of the most common uses of a modern wood-fired oven today is pizza. Throwing homemade pizza on the oven in a cast iron or ceramic pizza stone makes a perfect, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside dough and evenly cooked toppings. The best pizza restaurants all use wood-fired ovens and it’s for a reason – they’re simply tastier by leaps and bounds.

You can learn how to make your own wood-fired pizza and instantly become the most popular house to have the kids (and big kids) spend time in.

Cooking Vegetables with a Wood-Fired Oven

It’s easy to brown vegetables quickly by placing them in a cast iron pan and placing them in your oven to be cooked by reflective heat.

You can also grill vegetables or meats by placing them on a free standing iron grill directly over the hot coals.

Baking Bread with a Wood-Fired Oven

Let your oven temperature rise to 350 degrees Celsius, then fall to 180 degrees. Once it hits 180, place risen dough into the oven and let it bake with the door closed. It will bake evenly and you’ll end up with perfectly baked bread!

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