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Pizza 101: When to Consider Using a Dough Ball or Pre-made Crust [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2016 9:09:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties, Video

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In our latest video, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust weighs in on the pros and cons of making your own dough, and how to recognize when it may be time to transition to using dough balls and pre-made crusts.

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Understanding Clean Label Pizza Dough Options

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2016 9:18:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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Nearly three-quarters of Americans claim they read nutrition labels, and most “strongly agree” that they prioritize recognizable ingredients as a key indicator of healthier food.

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Pizza Crust Types: Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 7, 2016 9:14:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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Our Pizza Crust Types series has explored many varieties: whole grain, multigrain, flatbread, par-baked and self-rising. All have their own distinct charm, but perhaps none offer more versatility and scratch-made taste than dough balls.

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Pizza Crust Types: Flatbreads

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2016 9:08:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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Ancient in origin and a world traveler like the people who first made it, flatbread (or “first bread”) evolved from a basic cultural staple of ground grain and water into a beloved, versatile flat crust infused with signature mixes of herbs and spices that complement any number of toppings.

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Pizza Crust Types: Whole Grain and Multigrain

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2016 8:59:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Custom Crusts, Crust Varieties

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When creating or expanding menu offerings, experimenting with different crust types is a great way to generate interest and buzz that will draw in new patrons. It’s also a perfect opportunity to capitalize on popular trends, like healthier eating options. 

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How to Stop Mixing Your Own Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations

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So, you read Part 1 of our Pre-mixed Dough blog series and realized you’re at a point where it makes sense to stop mixing your own dough and start working with a quality dough manufacturer. Are you a little lost as to where to begin? Have some questions about how the switch could impact your business? Read on.

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When to Stop Mixing Your Own Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2016 9:06:26 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Kitchen Operations

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Scratch-made dough. There’s nothing like it – or is there? Pre-mixed frozen pizza dough offers the same quality, customized flavor profiles and performance as dough you mix onsite, but without the considerable time and labor commitment.

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Custom Crusts: The Why and How

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 20, 2015 12:11:00 PM / by Nick Charles posted in Custom Crusts

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Flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar, and oil; these are the main ingredients found in traditional pizza dough. But with specialty flavors hitting the market more and more these days—like loaded baked potato, toasted asiago, garlic butter, honey Sriracha, salted pretzel, and even curry—pizza restaurateurs have an increasing number of options. The world of custom crusts is your oyster, if you will. So take the opportunity to distinguish your brand with a custom crust! 

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