Have you ever found yourself craving a delicious pizza but only had a frozen one at hand? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! At Ekilove, we sell two kinds of pizzas that you can easily cook at home: Take and Bake Pizza and Frozen Pizza Pies. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of cooking a frozen pizza to perfection.
The Different Pizza Options
Take and Bake Pizza: These pizzas are made to order at our restaurant with your choice of toppings. However, we don’t bake them. Instead, we provide them to you cold, not frozen. These pizzas are meant to be cooked and enjoyed within a few hours or the next day at most. If you wait too long, the sauce and raw dough will mix, resulting in a messy outcome.
Frozen Pizza Pies: Our frozen pizzas are a convenient option that can be stored for weeks or even months, as long as they remain frozen. You can find them at our restaurants or at various grocery stores. Ordering them by the case also grants you wholesale pricing! For detailed information about our Frozen Pies, check out our website.
How to Cook Frozen Pizza
Cooking a frozen pizza is a breeze, as long as you follow these simple steps:
Microwaving your pizza: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. We strongly advise against microwaving our pizzas. It will only lead to a gooey mess that no one wants. Remember, you wouldn’t microwave your pet, so don’t microwave our pizza either. Trust us, it’s for the best.
Let it thaw a bit: Before you start cooking, allow your frozen pizza to thaw slightly, while preheating the oven. This will ensure even cooking.
Preheat the oven: The temperature and cooking time can vary depending on the type of pizza. For Italian style pork, Hawaiian style, or pepperoni, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. If you’re cooking double cheese, Panda’s Pepper, Four Cheese, spinach and artichoke, Pizza Lovers’ Passion, or vegetarian, set the oven to 400 degrees. If you have a Take and Bake pizza that doesn’t fall into any of these categories, just guess the temperature.
Cook the pizza: Place your pizza in the oven and cook it for approximately 15-25 minutes. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t overcook.
Look, don’t rely on the clock: Instead of focusing on the clock, pay attention to the pizza itself. The cooking time may vary depending on your oven, so rely on the appearance of the pizza rather than the timer.
Aim for a nice browned pizza: The most common mistake is under-cooking the pizza. Aim for a deep golden brown color on the bottom and a pleasing appearance on the top.
Balance the top and bottom: If the top of the pizza is cooked but the bottom is still white, move the pizza closer to the oven’s element or flame and increase the heat to allow the bottom to catch up. Conversely, if the bottom is done but the top is raw, turn on the broiler and place the pizza near it.
Remember, cooking a frozen pizza is easy and straightforward. Just pop it in the oven, keep an eye on it, and take it out when it looks like one of the pies you’d get from our restaurant. Feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance. Sometimes, having someone talk you through it can make the process even easier.
Raw to Rare
To ensure you don’t undercook your pizza, here are some signs to look out for:
- The cheese is white.
- The crust is soft and doughy.
- Meatballs are pink in the middle.
- Green peppers are warm but not singed.
Under-cooking is a common mistake, but with a little attention, you can easily avoid it.
When your pizza is perfectly cooked, you can expect the following:
- The cheese is a deep, golden brown.
- Meatballs are cooked all the way through.
- Green peppers are slightly singed on the edges but still moist.
Well Done to Burned
On the other hand, if you prefer a well-done pizza, these are the characteristics you’ll notice:
- The cheese is very dark brown.
- The crust is hard as a rock.
- Pepperoni is cupping, with the oil separated and pooling in the center.
- Meatballs turn into jerky.
- Peppers and other veggies become shriveled and dry.
Of course, if you enjoy your pizza with a well-done touch, go ahead and cook it to your satisfaction.
We hope this guide has given you the confidence to cook a frozen pizza like a pro. Remember, at Ekilove, we strive to provide you with the best possible pizza experience, even when you’re cooking at home. If you have any other questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to visit our website at Ekilove. Happy cooking!