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  • It may seem impossible to mess up frozen pizza from a box, but there are some definite dos

  • and don'ts. Are you cutting the pizza too soon? Not baking at the right temperature?

  • Keep watching for what not to do.

  • Sometimes when you pull the frozen pizza out of the box and remove the plastic sleeve that's

  • usually encasing it, the toppings are all over the place. Your instinct might be to

  • just shove them all back to the center, or get them scattered as evenly across the surface

  • as possible if they've all gone to one side. Even if this topping side shift hasn't happened

  • when you pull the pizza out, it's actually still a good idea to methodically rearrange

  • the toppings before baking it.

  • Per Taste of Home, if you envision where the cutter is going to slice through when the

  • pizza is frozen, you can easily assemble the toppings so that you guarantee space for a

  • quote "clean cut" when you slice. If you employ this hack correctly, when you slice the pizza,

  • the pizza cutter doesn't have to cut through anything except the bread, sauce, and cheese.

  • This trick yields a lot less mess and whole pepperonis still intact.

  • It might sound odd to not follow the exact instructions on the side of the frozen pizza

  • box but hear us out on this one. You know how pizzeria pizza is always the perfect texture

  • of crust combined with cheese melted to the ideal consistency? A big component of how

  • they pull that off in restaurants is an industrial oven that's designed to get extremely hot

  • for cooking pizzas.

  • You can replicate this at home without an official pizza oven if you crank up the temperature

  • of your kitchen's oven to 550 degrees, according to the pizza experts from Giordanos Pizza.

  • Then just bake the pizza for about five to eight minutes, as opposed to the usual 12

  • to 15 minutes.

  • While it may be tempting to slide that pizza cutter right into that pie as soon as you

  • pull it out of the oven, try to hold off on cutting into it too soon. There are a few

  • reasons why you might mess up the pizza if you cut into it the minute it's done.

  • For one, the cheese and toppings need a chance to set. The suggestion from The Kitchen Warriors

  • is to let the pizza sit at room temperature for just three minutes before cutting into

  • it. That way the toppings and cheese are still piping hot but set enough to where you won't

  • pull the pizza cutter up with a lot of melted cheese along with it.

  • Also, when you cut into the pizza too soon, you run the risk of the oil from the cheese

  • running into the crust, soaking it, and therefore making it less crispy. Oh, and also, your

  • pizza isn't gonna taste as good if the roof of your mouth is burned, so it's best to wait

  • if you can.

  • Pizza stones may seem like the tools of advanced pizza chefs, not someone popping in a pepperoni

  • DiGiorno at home, but they are actually a very easy way to enhance the taste of any

  • frozen pizza too. Pizza stones serve to imitate the magic of a real-deal brick oven that a

  • legit pizza place would use because the stone easily takes in high heat then keeps that

  • heat in for an extended time.

  • If you are going to use a pizza stone with a frozen pizza, make sure to preheat the stone

  • in the oven for at least 30 minutes after the oven has reached the temperature you set

  • it to and to let the pizza thaw to room temperature before you place it on the hot stone. Having

  • a pizza peel on hand would also be helpful for safely retrieving the hot, hot pizza from

  • the stone when it's done.

  • "Who wants cheese?"

  • "Me, please."

  • There is nothing wrong with wanting to add some extra cheese to a frozen pizza but there

  • is definitely a wrong way to do it. It's important to keep that in mind when you add the extra

  • cheese. Serious Eats recommends sprinkling it on halfway through the cooking process,

  • but the placement can also depend on the type of cheese you're adding.

  • For example, per Cooking Chops, most frozen pizzas already come with a layer of shredded

  • mozzarella so you can probably get away with adding it before you place the pizza in the

  • oven. However, if you're adding cheddar cheese to the frozen pizza, it cooks a lot faster

  • so you may want to add it on when you hit the halfway mark of baking.

  • Adding extra vegetable toppings to frozen pizza isn't necessarily a bad idea but you

  • can really mess up the final product if you don't do a little prep work on the veggies

  • prior to adding them. Basically, the vegetables need to be sliced, softened, and/or roasted

  • first, and the exact prep will depend on the vegetable.

  • For instance, The Guardian relays that mushrooms can end up disastrous if you don't sauté

  • them with some butter first to soften them. Onions will emerge even more raw-seeming than

  • before if you don't sweat them prior to adding them on top of the pizza. Bell peppers should,

  • in a perfect world, be both skinned and roasted in advance of going onto the pizza.

  • Part of the appeal of frozen pizza is all the hard work is done for you. It's convenient

  • and quick already so why add more work? Well, certain tweaks are less than a minute of work

  • so they're worth the effort. You can actually take the frozen pizza from mediocre to Insta-worthy

  • by supplying the pie with an extra dash of herbs prior to cooking it.

  • Add some dried or fresh oregano to frozen pizza to enhance the flavor. Thyme is also

  • a great add-in because it's kind of sweet and therefore a nice contrast to the savory

  • cheese on the pizza. Garlic makes everything better but it's technically a vegetable unless

  • you want to go with the powdered kind, in which case we'll toss it in as a contender

  • for the added herbs on pizza. A little salt and pepper never hurt either.

  • One of the most basic ways you might be messing up your frozen pizza is not utilizing the

  • grill, if you've got one. Sure, the oven is the standard go-to for cooking a frozen pizza

  • but the grill is virtually just as easy and the results might really wow you.

  • According to The Kitchn, this hack works best with a 10-inch pizza. Make sure the grill

  • is preheated for about 15 minutes on the high setting. Then add the frozen pizza, reduce

  • the heat, and cover the grill. Keep watch on it, but the cooking time frame should be

  • about 10 to 12 minutes. Place the grilled pizza onto a cutting board with a spatula

  • as soon as the cheese has fully melted and you see that good char has developed around

  • the crust.

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