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Tips For Making The Best Pizza In Your Neighborhood

Who has the best pizza in your neighborhood? Pretty soon it’s going to be you! These inside tips and tricks for preparing great pizza will have your family members and guests raving. 

Never, Ever Use the Rolling Pin

Pizza dough that’s been pressed with a rolling pin can be tough and chewy. If you’re having a hard time getting your pizza dough to spread out on the cooking surface, this means the strands of gluten have become tough and tight. You can fix this problem by letting the dough “relax”–that is, letting it sit untouched for a few minutes. This will fix the gluten problem and allow you to spread out the dough by gently tugging and pinching it until it spreads into the desired shape. 

Preheat Your Oven to a High Temperature

Preheat your oven to the desired temperature–and make it hot, hot, hot. To achieve a crisp, fluffy crust, brick oven pizzas are baked at a temperature of about 800 degrees. You may not be able to achieve those temperatures with your own oven, but turning it up to its maximum temperature will help you replicate the textures and effects of a brick oven pizza.

Since the amount of time the pizza needs to bake depends on the oven temperature, you’ll have to keep an eye on the pizza to ensure that it doesn’t overcook. Remove the pizza when the cheese has begun to brown. If baking on a pizza stone, check the highest temperature that your stone can handle. Baking a stone at a temperature higher than the recommended maximum may cause the stone to crack. 

Don’t Cook Two Pizzas at Once

Bake your pizzas one at a time to ensure adequate air flow in your oven and to avoid undercooking the top or bottom of your pizza.

Make Your Own Sauce

Store-bought pizza sauces tend to be loaded with unnecessary spices and sugar, making their flavor more dense and overpowering. If you’re passionate about making your own pizza, try creating your own pizza sauce following these steps:

  1. Puree tomatoes (preferably garden-fresh) in a food processor or blender. 
  2. Slow cook the resulting sauce on an extremely low temperature for several hours, until the extra water has evaporated and the sauce is approximately the consistency of typical marinara sauce.
  3. Add salt, basil and a dash of olive oil to taste. 
  4. Continue to cook on extremely low heat while the flavors blend together. Remove from heat when the sauce has achieved the flavor you desire.
  5. Let the sauce cool then freeze in small batches.

Making good pizza requires some experimentation, but with trial and error, you can tasty have pizza in your own home.