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tmiles

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automatic pizza ovens Thu, 01/27/05 1:08 PM (permalink)
More and more of the independent shops around here are going to the conveyor oven. The same company, Blodgett, makes them, and the pizza seems to be the same. I just wonder if they are beating the chains, why do they copy them?
 
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    Theedge

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    RE: automatic pizza ovens Thu, 01/27/05 3:28 PM (permalink)
    One of our local mom and pop shops just switched to an oven that has several levels turns like a turntable. I think the crust actually got a bit better. They switched to keep up with demand and to make quicker deliveries. I suppose this might not be considered "automatic" as they are still manually removed.
     
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      Cosmos

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      RE: automatic pizza ovens Thu, 01/27/05 4:43 PM (permalink)
      Does anyone own one of those countertop frozen pizza cooker things? I'd think you'd have to live a long way from a pizza shop to want one of those...
       
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        UncleVic

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        RE: automatic pizza ovens Thu, 01/27/05 7:52 PM (permalink)
        quote:
        Originally posted by Cosmos

        Does anyone own one of those countertop frozen pizza cooker things? I'd think you'd have to live a long way from a pizza shop to want one of those...


        I like making my own pizza, considering shops around here are not worthy! As for the countertop versions, I've seen 2 now.. The old style which alot of taverns used to have, and those new circulating ones that heat top and bottom (and being open). I'd like to get one of those old bar style versions with the sliding drawer. See them left and right on ebay for a fairly cheap price.
         
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          UncleVic

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          RE: automatic pizza ovens Thu, 01/27/05 7:55 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by tmiles

          More and more of the independent shops around here are going to the conveyor oven. The same company, Blodgett, makes them, and the pizza seems to be the same. I just wonder if they are beating the chains, why do they copy them?


          I personally dont care for the conveyor ovens. I'm not sure on how you can say they taste the same... A pizza cooked on a seasoned stone vs. something riding a wire mesh screen? Just my opinion! I'll take a brick oven pizza anyday!
           
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            tmiles

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            RE: automatic pizza ovens Fri, 01/28/05 9:10 AM (permalink)
            UncleVic, I think that the taste may be the same because most pizza here is cooked in a pan, rather than directly on seasoned stone. I agree that a pizza maker who does not use a pan may not want to switch to a conveyer oven. I think that a high skill level is needed to cook directly on the stone. When I was a pizza delivery boy in college, I was often pressed into other tasks, but I was never, ever, allowed to put pizza in or out of the oven
             
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              hatteras04

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              RE: automatic pizza ovens Fri, 01/28/05 9:25 AM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by Cosmos

              Does anyone own one of those countertop frozen pizza cooker things? I'd think you'd have to live a long way from a pizza shop to want one of those...

              I have the one that spins (Presto Pizzazz) and it actually does a really good job. I'm not sure why you are putting it down becasue it does heat the pizza evenly from top and bottom. And then if one side is getting done a little faster than the other you can turn either burner off. There is no pre-heating required like a regular oven so you can get it done in much less time.

              That being said, I very rarely use it for frozen pizza but I use it all the time for homemade pizza. I can get the crust stretched really thin on the pan and it cooks perfectly.
               
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                UncleVic

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                RE: automatic pizza ovens Fri, 01/28/05 12:56 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by tmiles

                UncleVic, I think that the taste may be the same because most pizza here is cooked in a pan, rather than directly on seasoned stone. I agree that a pizza maker who does not use a pan may not want to switch to a conveyer oven. I think that a high skill level is needed to cook directly on the stone. When I was a pizza delivery boy in college, I was often pressed into other tasks, but I was never, ever, allowed to put pizza in or out of the oven


                Your probably worked for a bunch of tempermental (or is that mental) Italians like I used to.. But I had the opposite luck.. I had to learn to use the oven before I was allowed to toss the dough.. As long as you put enough corn meal on the pizza peel, loading it was a breeze.. (Though I did create some intresting shapes in the beginning)..
                 
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                  Cosmos

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                  RE: automatic pizza ovens Fri, 01/28/05 1:16 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by hatteras04

                  quote:
                  Originally posted by Cosmos

                  Does anyone own one of those countertop frozen pizza cooker things? I'd think you'd have to live a long way from a pizza shop to want one of those...

                  I have the one that spins (Presto Pizzazz) and it actually does a really good job. I'm not sure why you are putting it down becasue it does heat the pizza evenly from top and bottom. And then if one side is getting done a little faster than the other you can turn either burner off. There is no pre-heating required like a regular oven so you can get it done in much less time.

                  That being said, I very rarely use it for frozen pizza but I use it all the time for homemade pizza. I can get the crust stretched really thin on the pan and it cooks perfectly.

                  Sorry, I got the impression it was for frozen pizza only, and I'm thinking you have to eat a lot of frozen pizzas to but a special device just to cook only them
                   
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