Cooking outdoors with Ooni Karu 16
Cooking outdoors with Ooni Karu 16

Outdoor cooking: The Ultimate Guide

We’ve got a long tradition in New Zealand of cooking outdoors. And with an Ooni Pizza Oven, it couldn’t be easier, or more fun. Whether you have a garden, an outdoor kitchen, a verandah, or like spending your time cooking on the beach, there’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked pizza wafting through the air. In this blog, we want to help you understand what you need to get the most out of outdoor cooking, whether at home, a mate’s place or setting up on one of our scenic mountaintops. 

Outdoor Kitchen

Choosing the Right Size:

  • Outdoor space: The size of your outdoor area will determine the suitability of your Ooni Pizza Oven. Ensure you get the right oven for your space.
  • Versatility: For larger areas, consider the 16" Karu and 16” Koda models, which will also offer you a greater versatility of cooking options.  
  • Small but mighty: Opt for 12" models for smaller spaces, or the Volt electric pizza oven for flexibility.

Clever kit

Outdoor cooking should be enjoyable! And there are a few essential pieces of kit that will make your life a whole lot easier. 

  • Set the scene: A modular table ensures your oven stays safe and secure while a topping station lets everybody assemble their perfect pizza combos. 
  • Cooking essentials: A pizza peel is your best friend, and makes launching your creations super easy, while an infrared thermometer takes away the guesswork, and lets you know exactly when your oven is ready to use. Oh

Fuel your pizza desires

When choosing an Ooni, it’s vital to consider your fuel source – wood/charcoal, gas, or electric. Each has their pros and cons, but which one is right for you?

  • The Gas Option: Gas ovens will give you more control over your cooking, with a more reliable heat source that lets you regulate temperatures. 
  • The Wood and Charcoal Options: On taste, wood and charcoal provide that unmistakable smokey taste and a more authentic wood-fired flavour.  
  • The Electric Option: If you’re in a smaller space, then the Volt electric oven is a great option. 

Picking the right fuel source that not only suits your garden but also suits your cooking needs, is an important first step to getting the outdoor cooking experience you love. And whichever you choose, never fear – ALL Ooni ovens deliver amazing tasting pizzas. 

Safety first

Now, there’s a serious side to outdoor cooking, and it wouldn’t be a great guide if we didn’t include a few safety tips! Safety ensures everyone can have a great cooking experience, so here are our top tips:  

  • Be Prepared: Read and follow the instructions and safety guidelines that were included with your Ooni oven.
  • Keep your oven secure: Place the oven on a stable, heat-resistant surface, away from flammable materials and with sufficient clearance above and around it.
  • Protect the hands: Use heat-resistant gloves or oven mitts when handling hot surfaces.
  • Watch out!: Supervise children and pets around the cooking area.
  • Cool things off: Allow the oven to cool down completely before cleaning or storing.
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