Set up your oven
Watch the video below to help you get set up with your Volt 12
Plug the cord into your wall socket. To season, run Ooni Volt 12 at top temperatures (850°F /450°C) for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, put the oven in standby mode by pressing the illuminated “On/Off” icon on the door. Wait at least 10 minutes before turning off the oven’s side switch. Let the oven to cool down completely (this can take up to one hour).
After your initial season, turn the temperature dial to 850°F/450°C to begin pre-heating. When you hear the tone sound, check that the baking stone’s temperature is the same as the ambient temperature with an Ooni Infrared Thermometer.
If you're using your oven outdoors, please make sure that your weatherproof extension cable if properly grounded and rated for the oven's power supply. Extension cables that include electrical safety devices like CDs or GFCIs are ideal.
What do the dials do?
- Timer dial counts down the time from whatever you set it to. It will not turn off the oven once the count down is complete.
- Temp dial sets the temperature for cooking.
- Top/Bottom Balance dial sets the relative temperature of the stone and the overhead heating element. Turning counterclockwise makes the stone hotter than the top of the oven. Turning clockwise makes the top hotter than the stone. If set to the middle, they’re both equal. The balance can only be adjusted once the oven has reached it’s set temperature.
Ooni Volt 12 can get hot during use. Make sure to place the oven on a heat resistant surface or use a trivet or heat resistant pad. If in doubt, check with the manufacturer of the surface for advice prior to use. Ensure there is plenty of space around it - making sure to remove any flammable items nearby. Don't place Ooni Volt 12 on glass or plastic surfaces.
When you choose your temperature using the Temp dial, the Top/Bottom Balance dial is tuned. You don’t need to adjust the balance manually unless you’d prefer more heat on the top or bottom. You can find our temperature recommendations on page 16 of the Essentials Guide.
Shape your base
Before you start, remove any jewelery on your hands. It’s also essential to dust your surface and hands generously with flour or semolina. Then follow these steps below.
1. Finger Press
Press, flatten, and gently stretch the base outwards from the center. Leave a 1cm (0.5") crust.
2. DJ Deck
Put both hands flat onto the disc of dough and rotate the dough as you’re pulling your hands away from each other.
3. Steering Wheel
Pick up by the edge and let it hang down. Gently pinch along the edge as you rotate it around.
Place over your hands and move apart slowly to keep stretching the dough, watch out for tearing.
Holes in your base? If it's small, pinch it closed! Bigger? No matter the scenario, your dough can be salvaged. Turn it into a Recovery Calzone!
Top your pizza
Before topping, move your shaped base onto a floured peel. See our tips below to check your base doesn’t stick before you launch.
1. Flour everything!
Flour your hands, stretching surface and peel with a generous sprinkling to prevent sticking. Semolina can also be used.
2. Check for holes and tears
Simply pinch together gently to avoid sauce going through to the peel.
3. Transfer to the peel and shake
Before topping, transfer the dough to your peel and shake it. If it’s stuck, lift and scatter more flour or semolina underneath the area that wouldn’t budge.
4. Keep toppings light
Keeping toppings light will make it easier to launch your pizza into the oven and less likely to stick to the peel.
5. The hovercraft
Still stuck? Lift the edge and blow under gently to create air pockets.
For a margherita, top lightly with your pizza sauce, mozzarella and some fresh basil leaves.
Launch your pizza
It's time to slide your pizza off the peel and into the oven. This can be a tricky part of the cook. After making sure your base hasn’t stuck, aim to slide the pizza into the middle of the baking stone.
Cook your pizza
For best results, use your peel to take the pizza out and turn it every 20-30 seconds.You can also use an Ooni Pizza Turning Peel to turn pizzas while still in the oven.
Your Neapolitan-Style pizza will be ready in under 2 minutes. If you want to cook a second pizza, make sure the stone gets back up to 715°F-850°F (380°C-450°C) before launching.
Try adjusting your cooking technique with these tips: Why is my pizza burning?
You made it!
Enjoy your pizza! You should be proud of yourself for making it from scratch!
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