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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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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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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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Why You Should Be Using Pre-Made Dough Balls For Take And Bake Pizza

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations

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The convenience of take and bake pizza is hard to argue. It’s simple for customers to grab-and-go when faced with hectic schedules, and for operators, par-baked crusts make prep a snap compared to scratch-making dough. However, par-baked crusts aren’t the only pre-made option for take-and-bake shops, delis, c-stores, and restaurants that offer take-and-bake pizzas.

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5 Easy Ways to Motivate Your Restaurant Staff and Reduce Turnover

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2018 9:18:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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It’s no secret that the restaurant and foodservice industry is in the midst of a significant worker crisis — recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data pins the annual turnover rate at around 73%.

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12 Ways “Cutting Corners” Impacts the Overall Customer Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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In the age of shrinking margins and growing competition, restaurant operators are getting more inventive about how to make a dollar stretch.

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5 Misconceptions About Pre-Made Dough Balls and the Truth Behind Them

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2018 9:39:02 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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Food quality and consistency is a top priority for pizza restaurant and commercial kitchen operators, especially those with several locations or large volumes to manage. Par-baked crusts, like those from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust, are the preferred solution among operators since they offer uniformity, easy prep and delicious variety.

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Pre-Made Dough Balls: A Single Solution for Many Challenges

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2018 9:05:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations

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Pizza is a universal favorite, but there’s no universal agreement on which style is “best.” Your customers each have their preferences, so a variety of pies on the menu is a must-have.

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5 Benefits of Using Pre-Made Dough Balls Instead of Scratch-Made Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2018 9:07:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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With $799 billion in U.S. sales last year alone, the restaurant industry is big business. Competition is fierce, and operators must capitalize on every advantage to remain profitable.

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