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Why you should make your own pizza

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 Frozen pizza is cheap, easy and widely available – the perfect thing for an ultra-fast weeknight dinner, right? Maybe not. Consumerist has just posted a cautionary tale of how frozen pizzas can go wrong. The 3-for-$9 pizzas pictured above are not only oddly shaped (two are less than half the size that they should be), but “one of them [had] some mysterious weird red/black dark matter embedded into the pizza.”

The photo above gives you a pretty good argument for making your own pizza dough, and the photo below of a homemade pizza gives you a better one. Pizza, while it may be difficult to get absolutely perfect (witness the multi-year attempts of food writers to achieve perfection), is very easy to make, even if you are not experienced with yeast breads. Better still, the dough can hang around in the fridge for a couple of days before you use it, so it will be ready to go when you are. You can even freeze premade dough as long as you fully defrost it in the fridge before attempting to roll it out.

Recipes to get you started:

homemade pizza

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  • abutton
    July 16, 2007

    Thanks, Nicole!

    I love making pizza, and blog posts about pizza are so much fun! 🙂 The picture of your homemade pizza looks fabulous!!

    I’m fairly new to your blog, and have really enjoyed all your fun cooking ideas! I may not follow your recipes exactly, but you’ve given me some inspiration!

    Thanks again!

  • Dasha
    July 17, 2007

    Having lived in NYC most of my life, I find it almost unfathomable that pizza comes from somewhere other than “the corner.” I have my pizza place’s number saved in my cell phone. Ok, there are occasional trips to Grimaldi’s for a reminder of why life is worth living (if you’ve ever been, you’ll know I’m not exagerating!) Your pizza looks delicious though! Maybe someday I’ll try it.

  • McAuliflower
    July 18, 2007

    Oh how funny!

    That top picture is great! Looks like the job dissatisfaction is running high with the plant machinery there.

  • Chubbypanda
    July 18, 2007

    Trader Joe’s sells a pretty good raw pizza dough that you can then bake and shape. It’s my default when I’m in a hurry or entertaining.

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