The Positively Pizza Blog

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Dough Ball Versatility: Pizza Three Ways [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Many people understand the advantages of using frozen dough balls, but did you know just how many styles of pizza you can make from them? In the past, we’ve shown you how to use dough balls for styles like hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas. This time, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust shows off just how easy it is to tackle signature pizza styles of Take ‘n’ Bake, Detroit-style and Chicago-style deep dish pizzas — all using pre-made dough balls.

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5 Steps for Transitioning From Scratch-Made to Pre-Made Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2017 9:11:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Growth is a top priority for multi-store pizzeria owners/operators, but have you considered how meeting that goal will change how you do business?

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How To Get A Custom Crust Made For Your Pizzeria [INFOGRAPHIC]

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2017 9:14:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Custom Crusts

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Did you know that it’s possible to have your restaurant’s pizza dough balls or crusts – using your unique recipe – made for you by a manufacturer? When you partner with a crust expert who’s got experience getting even the most complex recipes “just right,” you’re able to:

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3 Considerations When Transitioning from Scratch to Pre-made Pizza Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Custom Crusts, Performance/Quality

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The success of your pizzeria depends on many factors: pricing, location, customer experience and more. But the most important driver of success is the flavor and quality of your food — it’s why customers keep coming back. As you grow and add more locations, it becomes difficult to replicate those experiences and quality at each one. The crust and final products produced by employees at different locations will inevitably have variances — whether from unintended mistakes in how the recipes are executed or from uncontrollable differences like water quality, weather and other surroundings.

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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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