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Understanding the Role of Yeast in Pizza Dough

All three types of yeast perform comparably and result in the same flavor profiles for pizza when used at the correct substitution levels.  Instant dry yeast (IDY), possibly the most widely used type in pizza dough, has a shelf life of one to two years at room-temperature (65° to 80°F) … More

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How to Solve Your Bubble Troubles

In this past installment of the late Tom Lehmann’s column, “In Lehmann’s Terms,” from September 2016, the dough master answered a reader’s question about bubbly pizza crusts. The problem stems from the baking temperature for the type of sauce applied to the dough skin, he explained. Related: A newcomer’s guide … More


Born to Bake: A Fond Remembrance of Tom Lehmann

In memory of the late Tom Lehmann, PMQ is reposting this feature profile of the one and only “Dough Doctor” from our January-February 2015 issue. Lehmann, a trusted expert on pizza dough and everything related to baking, passed away from COVID-19 on December 12, 2020. By Rick Hynum Tom Lehmann … More

Tom Lehmann: In Lehmann's Terms

How to Achieve the Perfect Dough Mix

To make sure your dough has been properly mixed, use the dough’s appearance as a guide. There are exceptions, though, for emergency dough and frozen dough. Related: Try this recipe for a Crispy Pepperoni and Egg Breakfast Pizza Question: How do I know when my dough has been properly mixed? Answer: The … More

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Food & Ingredients

Should I Add Eggs to My Pizza Dough?

Eggs can improve browning in your pizza crust, but does the cost outweigh the benefits? Although adding egg whites can yield a crispier crust, simply baking the pizza for a minute or so longer will usually give you the same results. Related: How to achieve the right dough temperature for … More

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A Newcomer’s Guide to Pizza Dough Equipment

For smaller pizzerias looking to expand or newcomers to the pizza business, consider creating a checklist of the equipment you need and why you need it. Everything starts with choosing the right dough mixer, and several different types are available, depending on your needs. Every farmer needs a tractor. Every … More

Food & Ingredients

Making the Most of Mozzarella

Q: What’s the best way to store mozzarella, and how long will it last before it goes bad? A: Fresh mozzarella comes in a variety of ball- and loaf-shape sizes and is typically packaged in brine, whey or water/liquid packing solution, which helps retain its shape, moisture and soft, creamy, slightly elastic … More