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Frozen pizza and a new oven

Discussion in 'Whatnots' started by SlickRCBD, Jan 11, 2022.

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    I had to get a new oven during the pandemic.
    Since then, I've been having trouble making store-bought frozen pizzas.
    The pizzas come out undercooked in the middle, over cooked on the edges.
    I have a cheap pizza pan, but no pizza stone. I've tried it with and without the pan.

    I've searched online, and aside from getting a pizza stone, some sites suggest less heat and a longer cook time, others suggest more heat and a shorter cook time. Many seem to address the issue of "soggy dough in the middle, but the ingredients are cooked" while mine the ingredients, or at least the cheese is undercooked as well.

    Any idea which advice to try? I'm going to have to experiment with each, but wondering which to try first next time. The directions for this particular pizza "Geno's East tavern style meaty legend" say 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Other brands can say 425° or 450° for anywhere from 13-25 minutes, so I'm leaning towards trying 425°.
    Or should I try 375° instead?
     
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    Try a lower temperature for longer. Or once the outer crust gets done to your liking, put aluminum foil around it and put the pizza back in until the center is done to your liking.
     
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    Higher temperatures won't help with a frozen pizza. Your pizza needs time to thaw in the middle, so you either need to leave it at room temperature to thaw first and then put it in the oven and bake it at max temp, or you can put it in the oven right away at a lower temperature (up to about 350°F, if you're in a rush) and let it cook evenly, then crank up the temp for the last few minutes to give it a nice crust. Wrapping it with foil, like BTA suggested would likely work too, although I would do it the other way around (first bake with foil and then remove to get a nice crust).
     
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    Funny thing, the instructions (on some packages) say not to defrost, but I would take the pizza out of the freezer, THEN preheat the oven and let it defrost while the oven was preheating. I'd also take it out of the plastic wrap while the oven was preheating, and add anything else I wanted to like extra cheese or mushrooms, but the important thing was to get it out of the plastic wrap right away.

    I vaguely recall I got bad results if I didn't do this but waited until the oven was hot and threw the pizza in right away without giving it time to defrost, BUT I don't recall exactly what the bad results were. Problem is that I learned those lessons over 30 years ago when still in grade school and honestly don't recall exactly what the bad results were.
    Odd this short defrost doesn't seem to be working anymore even though the new oven takes 14-16 minutes to preheat while the old one only needed 10-11 (for the 400º and 450º).
     
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    Well, let us know how it goes. :shake:
     
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    I always thaw my frozen pizzas for at least an hour before putting it in the oven. I think it cooks better that way :beer:
     
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    I actually haven't made a frozen pizza since I made the OP. I just got some more at the grocery store today, but I haven't cooked one yet.
    I usually don't make frozen pizzas unless I'm making a late dinner and want something quick and easy.
     
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