At Bellatrino Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina in Dallas, we believe that pizza trumps all other foods. That’s right. Even hamburgers and your mother’s homemade spaghetti.
If you’re brand new to the pizza-making world and you’re thinking about making a pizza from scratch in your home, we’re here to help. The good news is that it doesn’t take many ingredients to make a mouth-watering pie, but unless you have the proper pizza-making tools at home, it can be somewhat of a challenge. Let’s take a look at some of the best tools for making pizza at home below.
Tool #1: A Kitchen Scale
One of the most important tools you need to make a homemade pizza is a kitchen scale. We highly recommend using a kitchen scale when weighing out your ingredients for dough. Why, you ask? Because pizza dough is a living and thriving food! The fermentation that occurs from the symbiotic culture of yeast and lactic acid bacteria can be somewhat unpredictable, but when you carefully measure and weight out all of your ingredients, you won’t have to worry about your pizza dough spoiling or going awry. Weighing your pizza ingredients can also be beneficial when it comes to accurately making different quantities. After all, you don’t want to make a five-piece pizza for a party of 12.
Tool #2: A Mixer With A Dough Hook Attachment
If you choose to mix your pizza dough ingredients together by hand — by all means, go for it. Mixing by hand will give you a tactile sense of how the dough changes throughout the mixing, resting, and fermentation process. If manual labor isn’t your thing, consider investing in a mixer with a dough hook attachment. This will make your life much easier.
Some popular mixers include:
A Planetary Mixer
A planetary mixer, also called a vertical mizer, is a great option for mixing pizza dough. This mixer features an agitator that turns on an offset shaft, while the mixing bowl remains stationary. The motion of this mixer is similar to the way the planets move around the sun, which is how it got its name. There are a variety of interchangeable agitator attachments for these mixers that will let you mix anything from dough to pudding.
Dough mixers consist of a spiral-shaped agitator that remains stationary while the mixing bowl revolves around it. Also called spiral mixers, dough mixers are great for mixing large quantities of dough, but they don’t have a large selection of agitator attachments like planetary mixers.
Tool #3: A Dough Scraper
Once you have mixed your dough ingredients together, it’s time to start portioning things out. This will require the use of a dough scraper. There are two different types of dough scrapers to be aware of: flexible poly scrapers and metal scrapers. The flexible poly scrapers will have a rounded edge on one side, while metal scrapers will feature a wooden or plastic handle at the top.
If you’re looking for an easy way to cut your pizza once it’s cooked, consider looking into ordering a pair of pizza scissors. There are stainless steel scissors on the market that can make cutting pizza easy and mess-free, ensuring your delicious slices stay neat and in place.
Tool #5: Pizza Stone Or Cast-Iron Pan
To truly create the perfect pizza, we recommend investing in a pizza stone or baking stone. These stones basically mimic the effect of cooking pizza in a masonry oven, resulting in a delicious pie. The porous nature of stone is believed to help absorb moisture, which can result in a crisper crust. It’s always best to preheat your stone for at a least a half an hour before placing the pizza dough on it.
The cast-iron pan method of cooking homemade pizza is great for “par-frying” a self-rising, flattened dough on the stove top. This method allows the dough to cook evenly and since cast-iron is known for its incredible heat-holding properties, you’ll achieve a crispy pizza bottom and crust.
Tool #6: Pizza Peel
If you’re concerned about burning yourself while pulling a hot pizza out of the oven, you may want to order a pizza peel. This is a long-handled paddle that can be used to transfer pizzas in and out of the oven. Many pizza peels are made of wood, but you can also find them made of different metals, including lightweight aluminum. Many pizza restaurants will sprinkle cornmeal on the surface of the peel before placing the pizza on top of it, to keep the pizza from sticking to the device.
Pizza Restaurant & Food Truck in Dallas
If you live near Dallas and you’re looking for a neapolitan pizzeria that serves fresh, homemade pizza, stop by Bellatrino Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina today. We offer a delicious selection of pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and pasta, so you’re sure to find something for the whole family.