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Pizza On a Budget, Whole Foods Delivers

Pizza On a Budget, Whole Foods Delivers

Pepperoni Pizza Top View

I have a confession… I don’t always make my own pizza dough.

If I’m craving homemade pizza, sometimes I skip a few steps and look elsewhere for inspiration. Yesterday, I stopped by Whole Foods Market to grab some lunch, and I was drawn to their whole foods pizza aisle. (Surprise, right?) I convinced myself to do a test. I grabbed their pre-made pizza dough, some whole milk low-moisture mozzarella cheese, ready-made tomato sauce and pre-cut pepperoni. I got enough pizza toppings and dough to make two pizzas. Let me tell you, Whole Foods Delivers especially considering I had my secret weapon, The Baking Steel.

Delicious Tomato Sauce

Delicious Tomato Sauce

Pepporini

Pepperoni

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

Shred your own cheese

Shred your own cheese

* As a side note, Whole Foods also offers convenient pre-made pizza kits, that include fresh dough, sauce, shredded cheese and pepperoni. Being a “shredder”, I decided to forgo the ready-made kit and purchase a small block of low-moisture mozzarella.  I prefer shredding my own cheese, since in order to keep the pre-shredded cheese from sticking, they have to add starch to it, which promotes premature browning.

So, getting back to it, all these ingredients (purchased separately) cost $14.37.  Not bad for two pizzas. And, then, it was time to make some lunch.

Bargain Shopping

Bargain Shopping

Fresh, Whole Foods pizza dough is sold in 1 lb. batches, which is perfect, since my ideal-sized dough ball is 225 grams. I cut the dough in half and had two 8 oz. (236 grams) balls. I ran into some frustration while stretching out the dough (rolling pins are no longer allowed in my kitchen, more on this later.) My best guess is that the dough was overworked. The dough acted like an elastic band, and the second I let go of it, it shrunk back to it’s original form. I was pretty hungry, so I decided to just go with it and make miniature pizzas and I’m glad I did. This dough almost jumped off the steel creating crazy good oven spring.

Andris - working the pizza dough

saucing the pie

Despite its size, Whole Foods really delivers -it was awesome! Not much to explain, since you can see it all in the photos. I had no doubt from the beginning. Quality ingredients will produce quality results! Plus, of course, I had my favorite tool, the Baking Steel!

Think about it-I made two pizzas for $14.  That’s less than it would cost for a single pie at any decent pizzeria. Whole Foods ingredients are far superior than what can be found at your local pizza joint. Not to mention, there was leftover sauce and cheese.

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pizza profile

Next time you are craving pizza but are short on time, take a short cut and hit the Whole Foods pizza aisle. I promise they will deliver.   Have any of you tried it?

-Andris

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  • foodiebear

    What a great idea, thank you!! I am so adding this to my menu for next week. Hmmm.. I might even grab a bag of Trader Joe’s pizza dough as well. Hooray for taste tests!

    • http://bakingsteel.com/ Andris Lagsdin

      Thank you Foodiebear. Wholefoods dough is killer, and while shopping I thought why not make it easy and buy everything wholefoods. It was excellent, i highly recommend.

  • Boxjeep

    Walmart pizza dough is $.88 and better then Trader Joe’s , I think the secret is out because there is never enough in stock. Take that one Foodies!
    Boxjeep@aol.com

    • http://bakingsteel.com/ Andris Lagsdin

      Love that price Boxjeep. My concern would be where it comes from? Is that being made in china and shipped all the way here? And what are the ingredients?

      • andycleary

        Is there something wrong with Chinese people?

        • http://bakingsteel.com/ Andris Lagsdin

          I think that is taken out of reference Andy. Nothing against anybody. Just asking what the ingredients are in the package, i don’t like preservatives in my dough…:)

          • andycleary

            Glad to hear it Andris… I see so much “I don’t like something because it came from the [Chinese, Koreans, etc]: buy American!”, as if they aren’t people who work hard to feed their families just like we do, that I get a little reflexive sometimes.

            Mea culpa.

  • Sergi Kent

    I know you don’t have Safeway on the East Coast but they have excellent pizza dough for *half* what you paid at Whole Paycheck, oops, I means whole foods.

    • http://bakingsteel.com/ Andris Lagsdin

      We don’t have safeway, but will likely test out a similar version here as well. stay tuned for the cost and results.
      What did you pay for the safeway version?

  • Richard w

    i love whole foods pizza dough.i have the same problem with the dough shrinking ..can anything be done to get the dough to stay stretched and round?

    • http://bakingsteel.com/ Andris Lagsdin

      Hi Richard,
      Oops, the delay. Yes, i like to let this rest at room temperature for a few hours. This helps make it a bit more pliable. :)

  • Christina Yung

    You never said why rolling pins aren’t allowed in your kitchen anymore! (And how do you roll out slab pie crust, then?)

    • http://bakingsteel.com/ Andris Lagsdin

      Great question Christina, during my kickstarter i used a rolling pin to roll out my dough. Well a lot of hard core aficionados got on me for that. So i ditched the pin. Pizza dough should be stretched by hand. You want to keep those bubbles in tact, so we gently stretch with our hands.
      As far as pie dough, I use a rolling pin. The pin has been eliminated for pizza dough only. I hope this helps.
      Andris

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