Pizza is an iconic dish and it seems like there’s all kinds of pizza restaurants out there to try but when you want pizza at home, what do you do? You typically either make it yourself in the oven with a pizza pan, stone, or maybe you just cut to the cheese and buy a frozen pizza. An easy way to make pizza is a pizza oven, but how can have one of those in their kitchen? Yeah, I thought that until I found this: The CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven, which is sized just like a pizza box with one crucial difference: it cooks, not holds, the pizza.
Yes, it’s a box oven which mean it’s a separate appliance that you plug in and that you don’t put in your oven like you would a pizza stone. However, you don’t need to pre-heat and it’s perfect for 12” inch pizzas. I would’ve liked it a bit bigger, but it’s still a good appliance. Like the pizza ovens you may see at cafes, this oven features a rotating cooking surface. The pizza cooks evenly because the heating elements are on the top and bottom, so the heat is evenly distributed. You can also control the temperature and go up to 525 degrees Fahrenheit plus set the timer up to 30 minutes. According to the manufacturer, the oven uses “1200-watts of power to ensure a perfectly cooked pizza every time,” but it has a stainless steel cool-touch handle to prevent you from being burned.
The CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven can cook fresh, frozen, thin, traditional, thick and pan pizza. I only wish I could’ve had it for college. Parents, it might make a great gift, especially if your kid’s dorm doesn’t have a kitchen area — just make sure it meets the appliance requirements that vary with schools. However, some reviewers have pointed out that it can do more than just cook pizza, as it may be used to cook frozen mozzarella sticks, potato skins, tater tots, taquitos, and other frozen appetizers, provided you keep an eye on the cooking process, so it definitely is good for a small kitchen where you’re trying to maximize your cooking ability with little space.
Using the CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven is easy: plug it in, put your pizza in, and start it up then cook. That’s it. Controls are easily and clearly labeled, so you shouldn’t have an operating problem. The oven comes with 40 recipes for pizza so you can explore all of the different ways to have pizza, all of it just as hot, gooey and delicious as it came from a pizzeria or your favorite delivery place. At a cost of less than $60 on Amazon, Best Buy and other online retailers, CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven should pay for itself pretty quick, especially since a delivery pizza runs $25 and up.