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When to Stop Mixing Your Own Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2018 9:44:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, Kitchen Operations

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This article was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated for 2018.

Scratch-made dough. There’s nothing like it — or is there? Pre-made dough balls offer the same quality, customized flavor profiles and performance as dough you mix on-site, but without the considerable time and labor commitment.

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Featured Recipe for Pizzeria Operators: Detroit-Style

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 8, 2018 9:13:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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Looking for a recipe that’ll add pizzazz to your pizzeria? We’ve got the latest trend for you — the Detroit-style pie! This “upside down” pizza will keep your menu fresh and interesting, and give your waitstaff a great upsell opportunity.

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Why Isn’t My Pizza Crust Rising?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2018 9:38:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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This article was originally published in November of 2016 and has been updated for 2018.

Like a hundred times before, you consult your favorite recipe, mix your pizza dough and let it proof. This time, though, you return to dough that hasn’t risen. Perhaps the discovery of flat, lifeless crust happens when taking your pizza out of the oven. In both instances, what happened?

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How To Work With Your Distributor To Get Alive & Kickin’ Products

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 25, 2018 9:10:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Insider, Crust Varieties

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When it comes to pizza, you can experiment with sauces, cheese, or toppings and customers generally don’t mind. But change the crust? You may get some pushback,  as most customers say the crust is the most important — and satisfying — part of a pizza.

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Easy Ways to Prevent Pizza Crust Bubble and Burn

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2018 9:50:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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This article was originally published in October of 2015 and has been updated for 2018.

When ordering a pie in your pizzeria, patrons anticipate that first delicious bite. What they aren’t expecting is sinking their teeth into a burnt or bubbled crust. Avoid leaving a bad taste in their mouths — literally and figuratively — by implementing these best practices for consistent, patron-pleasing crusts.

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Can Working With a Dough Manufacturer Alleviate Food Safety Concerns?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2018 9:04:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Scratch-made pizza dough may be a traditions-old pride point for your operation, or perhaps it’s a business decision to contain costs. You may even be doing it because you’ve bought into popular myths about pre-made dough balls or you want to control the process to minimize food safety issues.

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7 Ways Pizzerias Can Heat Up Summer Sales

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2018 10:07:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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This article was originally published in May of 2016 and has been updated for 2018.

Rising temperatures are no reason for your sales to cool off. With just a few simple seasonal tweaks to your marketing messaging, menu offerings and promotional events you can make more money all summer long, no sweat!

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Why Every Multi-Store Pizza Operation Should Use Pre-made Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2018 9:12:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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Having multiple pizzeria locations is a vote of confidence in your brand. Customers want the pizza you’re offering so much they’re willing to support more than one location in the area, maybe even the same neighborhood.

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Best Practices for Perfectly Proofed Pizza Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2018 9:46:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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This article was originally published in March of 2016 and has been updated for 2018 to include the latest best practices. 

Proofing pizza dough is a balancing act between time and temperature. Introduce too much or too little of either one as dough is rising, and you could end up with crusts that underperform or outright fail.

As the crust and dough experts, Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is often consulted about proofing, so we decided to compile the most frequently asked questions, answers and best practices to help you perfect your proofing techniques.

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4 Items Every Pizzeria Should Add to Its Menu in 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2018 9:16:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Menus & Recipes

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2018 is officially halfway over, and if you’re looking for a mid-year boost to your menu, you came to right the blog. In our infographic, Fully Loaded: The State of Pizza of Nation in 2018, we examined the biggest trends impacting the pizza industry this year. From new experiences customers desire to their favorite toppings, the infographic provides many illuminating insights about what customers want from today’s pizzerias.

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