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    Pizza Crust Types: Authentic Wood Fired Par-baked

    [fa icon="calendar"] Jul 19, 2017 9:23:00 AM / by Nick Charles

    Wood Fired Par-baked Crust.jpgUntil recently, wood-fired pizzas have been reserved only for restaurants that have installed a special wood-fired oven. This artisanal method of making pizza has been around since the conception of pizza itself, and involves heating a dome-shaped stone or brick deck oven to temperatures up to 800°F using real wood as a heat source. This gives wood-fired pizza an irreplicable smoky flavor, as well as a light, crispy texture, and perfectly charred bottom.

    To help make this customer favorite more available for today’s pizza lovers, our crust specialists have developed a highly unique, 100% authentic wood-fired par-baked pizza crust.

    What is a Par-baked Wood Fired Crust?

    The structure and temperature of a wood-fired dome oven cooks the pizza in a matter of minutes, as well as providing a nice char on the bottom of the crust, giving the pizza its unique flavor and characteristics that are nearly impossible to emulate in any other oven.

    To capture that artisanal flavor, we make our par-baked wood-fired crusts with the same premium ingredients a restaurant would use in their scratch-made crusts (no additives, preservatives, or conditioners). Then we bake the crusts on a lava stone deck oven fired with real wood. The direct heat creates a lovely natural bubbling and texture, with no shortcuts or compromises on authenticity. Once the internal structure of the dough is set, we remove the crusts from the oven and let them cool before carefully packaging and distributing them for you to top with your own ingredients and do a final bake in any oven type — home or commercial.

    Crust Performance and Practical Uses

    Because these crusts are par-baked, they can be handled at frozen, refrigerated or ambient temperatures, and have a very long shelf life when kept frozen or refrigerated. Pizza preparation is quick and easy with these crusts, and baking them is just as easy with the ability to finish baking in any oven—not just a wood-fired one. Their time baking in our lava stone deck wood-fired oven gives them the unmistakable flavor and texture of a wood-fired pizza, because they truly are wood-fired crusts; finishing is simply a matter of adding your own premium toppings, sauces, and cheeses.

    Due to their convenience and ease of use, our authentic wood-fired crusts are perfect for many settings, including:

    • Entertainment venues
    • Ballparks and stadiums
    • Frozen retail
    • C-stores
    • Delis
    • Restaurant chains
    • And more!

    If you’ve been looking for a way to add a premium favorite pizza offering to your menu without the oven and labor intensity involved with making traditional wood-fired pizza, talk to one of our specialists today to learn more about our par-baked Authentic Wood Fired crusts! They’re easy, taste great, and are cooked in a real wood-fired oven. What more could you ask for?

    To learn more about other common pizza crust varieties, download our Pizza Crust Types Comparison Guide. See if adding on to your current product offerings makes sense for your pizzeria.

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    Categories: Crust Varieties

    Nick Charles

    Written by Nick Charles

    President, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust