Pressed pizza peels eliminate some of the health concerns that come along with wooden pizza peels. They’re made from USDA and NSF approved compressed paper fiber. Wooden pizza peels can absorb the flavor, which enriches the taste of the pizza, but can also harbor bacteria if they’re not handled and cared for properly. Pressed peels won’t absorb flavor like wood, but are better if you'd rather maintain a standard taste or if you serve a wide variety of pizzas.
Compressed paper peels are also safer for your pizzas’ crusts than aluminum peels. Metal pizza peels have thin, somewhat sharp edges that are great for sliding under pizzas and for keeping the paddle light. Unfortunately, they can also easily tear the crust if chefs aren’t careful. There’s also a chance they can scoop up grime from a dirty oven and ruin the flavor of the pizza. If you have a fast-paced kitchen and little room for error, compressed paper pizza peels might be the right choice for you.