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Pizza 101: Tools You Need and How to Use Them [VIDEO]

August 26 2016 by Nick Charles

Luke-Siedow-and-Dan-Pecha.jpgMaking pizza is part skill, part art and all dependent on the proven tools of the trade. What does it take to make the perfect pie? Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks us through Pizza 101: The Tools You Need and How to Use Them.


TRANSCRIPT — Pizza-Making Tools For the Perfect Pies

Laser Thermometer

The first tool we’re going to talk about is the laser thermometer. You don’t necessarily need a laser thermometer, but these are nice to have because they give you an instant reading on your oven temperature. 

Simply point it at the deck of your oven and you can get temperature readings all the way around your oven. This will help you know exactly where to put your pizza, and if your oven is at the appropriate temperature.

Dough Docker

When pushing your dough ball out to form the crust, you need to get rid of all of the extra bubbles. That’s where your docker comes in. The best style of docker to have on hand, in our opinion, is a roller docker with a stainless steel or cast aluminum handle and stainless pins. They last forever, they’re really easy to wash and they do the job correctly.

Bubble Popper

Once your pizza is in the oven, you may wind up having bubbles and need a bubble popper. For deck style ovens, this long-handled tool allows you to reach into the oven and pop bubbles without taking the pizza out and losing bake time.

Pizza Screen

Pizza screens are mostly used for conveyor ovens and wind ovens – anything except a deck oven because, in that case, you’re typically cooking directly on the stone.

Notice the difference in color between a new and a seasoned screen. The brand new screen is bright, silvery aluminum and will cause your pizzas to stick. Unseasonsed screens work in a pinch and pizzas can be made on them, but you should season new screens before you use them. You want, ideally, to have screens that look like they’ve been well-seasoned, resulting in a copper color.

Rocker Blade & Roller Cutter

Once your pizza comes out of the oven, it’s time to cut it. Some people like to use rocker blades/cutters. These are really popular for thin crust. We like to use the roller/wheel cutters, just because you get a little more control and they’re less dangerous compared to having a big blade sitting on your counter. 

These are all of the basic tools you need, and altogether they’ll help you make a perfect pizza.


Make perfect pies by equipping yourself with these tools for success and the advice you’ll find in Tips for Tackling 9 Common Pizza Performance Challenges. Click the button below to download your free copy.

Tips for Pizza Challenges

Categories: Kitchen Operations

Nick Charles

Written by Nick Charles

President, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust
Nick has been in the pizza dough business for more than 20 years. He heads up the company’s customer development and service (making sure they’re always happy with our product and our processes) and manages the overall business. It’s a big job, and he’s the right guy to do it!