Living on your own for the first time can be a pretty testing endeavor. Not only do you have to deal with bills, roommates and cleaning schedules in a frenzied flurry of panic and unexpectedly dwindling finances, but you also have to manage your own laundry, and more importantly, your own cooking.
Long gone are the days of Mom’s home-cooked meals, and even if you’re not terrible at feeding yourself, sometimes, you’ll be too tired (or hungover) to do anything fancy, and that’s when you’ll resort to the ready meals. Microwave meals or cereal, I guess, but chief of all things minimal effort is the frozen pizza.
Sadly, it doesn’t always work as well in execution as it sounds like it might in practice. Sometimes, the base is crispy while the cheese remains decidedly unmelted; sometimes, the whole thing is dry and rock-solid, while still tragically undercooked. Once, I even got food poisoning from a frozen pizza. It was not a great 72 hours.
Part of the problem is the varied cooking instructions present on each and every box. With so many ovens, grills and settings to consider, perhaps it’s no surprise that we can’t get it right consistently. If only there was a way to enjoy perfectly cooked frozen pizza which tastes great every time, regardless of the brand of pizza or the type of oven you have…
Well, folks, it appears a solution may be on the horizon! Let’s take a journey to the wonderful world of Reddit, where one bright spark has thought of a workaround that might just change the frozen pizza game forever. The user numbahtwelve realized that most pizzas you find in your typical pizza place are cooked on a stone that can get as hot as 700-1000 degrees.
Significantly hotter than your average kitchen, sure, and you may not be able to replicate the exact conditions, but what you might be able to go as close as possible. Straight from the horse’s mouth, let’s see what numbahtwelve has to say:
“Cook the pizza on the bare rack to maximize air circulation if you don’t have a pizza stone or a cast iron skillet/slab. If you have either of those, heat it in the oven first and then cook the pizza on that once the oven hits its max temperature.“
Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? For that extra authentic feel, why not brush the crust beforehand with some olive oil, or sprinkle some fresh garlic on there? Just because you got it out of a grocery store freezer doesn’t mean you can’t give it a restaurant-worthy presentation.
Well, having had a frozen pizza literally yesterday, I’m pretty upset I came across this discovery at the time that I did. Ah, well. At least I’ll know for next time. Why don’t you guys try it out, and let me know how it is? After all: there ain’t no party like a pizza party, and whether you’re ordering from Pizza Hut or Dominos, or baking it yourself from frozen, you deserve the best.