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using of frozen pizza base

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dhavaldippy

using of frozen pizza base

hello every one i am working in a bakery. i produce pizza base for the outlet but i would like to deliver frozen pizza base to the outlets. i would like to know how much time does it take to thaw and can i use the base directly after thawing.

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Thaw time will depend on ambient temp. Will you be thawing in a cooler or at room temp? 

What size are the dough balls for the pizza base? 

In a fridge @ 36F, a 400-500g dough ball should easily defrost in 8-12 hours. 

From Tom Lehmann, a guy who knows a lot about pizza dough (source here):

Raw pizza dough, or even bread and soft bun doughs can be frozen in the average home or store freezer for up to 10 days, after that, it deteriorates pretty fast. For this reason we normally say that it will keep for a full week as a week is easier to keep track of than 10 days. The type of deterioration that the dough will experience is a lack of consistent rising properties, so the dough may not rise as well as expected and as a result it will not bake-out as well either. Here's a tip that might help those of you making frozen dough for your customers, or for those of you with customers requesting dough that they will take home to freeze; Suggest to your customer that they freeze the dough for up to a week, but not to exceed 10 days. To use the dough, lightly oil the dough ball and thaw it out inside of a plastic bag in the refrigerator overnight, then remove it from the bag and knead the dough for a couple minutes, shape it back into a dough ball and place it into a lightly oiled bowl, cover to prevent drying and allow to set at room temperature for about 90 minutes, or until the dough can be easily shaped to fit the pizza pan, then proceed with dressing the pizza skin and bake as normal. The kneading of the dough ball after thawing helps to restore some of the vitality back to the dough.

 

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dhavaldippy

I will be using a cooler.i roll out the dough balls and then freeze them. what would be the shelf life of the base in the freezer.(-18c). can i bake the dough directly after taking it out form the freezer. what would be the shelf life of the base in a freeze(1c-4c).

thanks

DHAVAL PATEL

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I don't know. My guess is freezer shelf life for rolled-out pizza base will be about the same as dough ball. Maybe you can try a few experiments to see how it goes. 

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dhavaldippy

thank you very much for your advice.