Everyone loves pizza, right? And what’s more, everyone has an opinion about their favorite toppings, sauce, and most importantly, crust.
If you are making pizza at home it can be a lot of fun. But it’s also the opportunity to make a pizza that tastes exactly the way that you want it to. From the toppings all the way to the crust.
If you are a restaurant owner, then chances are you are trying to keep variety in your menu, and different pizza crust options are a great way to do that!
When it comes to the crust there are many recipes, but there are also a couple of different styles. You can choose from a fresh dough ball, or you can select a par-baked crust to make your pizza. Either way, it’s sure to be delicious!
The differences between dough balls and par-baked crusts.
A dough ball is the most commonly-known pizza base. It’s a dough made out of flour, water, and yeast, and bakes into a firm, yet not crunchy or crispy, pizza dough.
- They require more labor investment-special training is required for making and handling the dough and preparing the pizza.
- Needs hands-on preparation-dough must be prepared ahead of time to anticipate rush hours.
- Works well in a variety of ovens-superior performance in deck, brick or wood-fired, and conveyor ovens.
Dough balls also double as bases for garlic knots, and calzones, as well as make excellent deep-dish pizzas.
You can’t beat the convenience of a par-baked crust. These prepared pizza crusts are simple to use, and last a long time, either in the freezer or refrigerator.
- It doesn’t have a rise time-resulting in low labor investment.
- Easy to make-perfect for fast-paced operations that are cooking food quickly, on-demand.
- It has a very long shelf life-can be frozen or refrigerated.
Par-baked crusts make great appetizers (easy to share!) and excellent take-and-go pizzas.
Similarities. No matter which style crust you chose, both require being stored in a refrigerator or freezer, so space must be set aside for that.
Also, both crusts do require preparation-they are not frozen pizzas- to be served. Perhaps the best option is to store both crusts on-hand and ensure that you are keeping variety in your menu!