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    5 Insider Tips for Perfectly Proofed Pizza Dough Balls [INFOGRAPHIC]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 9:22:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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    You may have created the most amazing pizza toppings combination — one that rivals your Sicilian grandmother’s recipe — but without a perfect crust, it will fall flat. The crust is the foundation of your pizza and it’s important to get just the right flavor and texture to complement whatever combination of toppings you desire. 

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    5 Questions Curious Pizzeria Operators Ask

    [fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2017 9:18:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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    It’s been said that there are no dumb questions, only dumb mistakes… which usually result from not asking questions! We love getting inquiries from pizzeria owners and operators who want to perfect their craft or simply discover a timesaving hack.

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    New! Authentic Wood Fired Crust from Alive & Kickin’

    [fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2017 9:08:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Crust Varieties, Performance/Quality

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    Who doesn’t love a pizza with the perfect balance of chewy and crisp texture, a hint of unique smoky flavor, and the artisanal appearance of a hearth-baked pie? These are the distinct, mouth-watering characteristics only made possible when pizzas are cooked in a high-heat, wood-fired oven.

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    Best Pizza Crust Types for Schools and Dining Services

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2017 9:11:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Kitchen Operations, Performance/Quality

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    In the past, the mention of a school cafeteria conjured up visions of lunch ladies dishing out chewy, limp, and lukewarm rectangles of pizza-like rations. The impression it left on the minds of an entire generation is legendary, so much so that there are entire Facebook groups dedicated to school lunch pizza.

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    Pizza 101: Troubleshooting Common Crust Issues [VIDEO]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2017 9:19:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Video

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    Perfect pies are possible! Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust walks you through ways to avoid common pizza crust issues.

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    Best Crust Types for a Wood-Fired Oven

    [fa icon="calendar'] Dec 7, 2016 9:07:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Crust Varieties

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    The appeal of a wood-fired oven is unmistakable. Its high baking temperatures, wood fuel, and fast baking times test the finesse of skilled chefs, and the gourmet pies produced are well worth the typically upscale prices. Plus, the substantial size and rustic brick or clay construction of a wood-fired oven adds to the customer experience and makes a not-so-subtle statement about the quality they can expect more so than other oven types.

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    Pizza 101: Perfectly Proofed Pizza Dough [VIDEO]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2016 9:19:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality, Video

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    Having your dough proofed properly is key to making a delicious pizza. Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is here to show you how to take a dough ball from frozen to a fabulous crust.

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    Pizza 101: Tips and Tricks for Using a Wood-Fired Oven [VIDEO]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2016 9:20:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Kitchen Operations, Performance/Quality, Video

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    Wood-fired ovens are unique, and some traditional oven rules don’t apply. Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is here to share tips and tricks for making a perfectly cooked, tasty wood-fired pizza.

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    Pizza 101: Hand Stretching a Dough Ball [VIDEO]

    [fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2016 9:07:00 AM / by Nick Charles posted in Performance/Quality, Video

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    Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust is back in the kitchen to demonstrate how to hand stretch a dough ball into the crust of a patron-pleasing pizza.

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    Comparing Pizza Sauce: Scratch-made vs. Fully Prepared

    [fa icon="calendar'] Sep 21, 2016 9:12:00 AM / by Luke Siedow posted in Performance/Quality

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    Your menu items are the lifeblood of your operation and, chances are, you diligently work with your distributor to choose crust types that work best with your recipes and maximize kitchen efficiency. It’s a smart business practice, and one you could easily apply when considering sauces as well.

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