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I think if you were to ask 20 different operators what peel dust
they prefer you would probably
get at least a dozen different
answers. My own personal favorite
peel dust is made from equal parts
of fine cornmeal, semolina flour and
regular white pizza flour. I've seen any
one of these used by itself as an
effective peel dust in addition to
things such as whole-wheat flour, rice
flour, rye flour and wheat bran, as well
as bread crumb-like materials more
commonly added to the top of the
pizza to help absorb excess moisture.
All of these materials seem to work
quite well in most applications, so you
have plenty of things to choose from
to get the dough to smoothly slide
from the peel onto the oven hearth.
One last thing I'd like to share
with those who are just beginning
to work at peeling dressed dough
skins into the oven: after you place
the fully formed dough skin onto the
dusted prep peel, give the peel a shake
to make sure the dough is sliding on
the peel and not stuck to it for whatever reason. Shake it again about halfway through the dressing of the dough
skin. This is a confidence builder more
than anything else -- knowing that
the dough is still unattached to the
peel, I can now peel the dressed dough
skin into the oven with the authority
and commitment needed to make the
dressed dough smoothly slide from
peel to oven hearth.
Remember, what goes into the oven,
must eventually come out again, so be
sure to keep your oven rake and broom
handy to loosen any debris from the
oven deck and sweep it out, or you will
soon have a carbonized build up on
the deck, as well as unsightly, charred
debris sticking to the bottom of your
pizzas. ■

TOM LEHMANN is
a former director at the
American Institute of Baking
in Manhattan, KS

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - August 2020

Pizza Today - August 2020
Commentary
Digital
Conversation
Mike’s Monthly Tip
Man on the Street
Building Blocks
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead to Know
Destinations
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Expo Spotlight
Improving Ticket Times
Employee Handbook Revamp
Scratch Dressings
Menu Refit
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - CT2
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Cover2
Pizza Today - August 2020 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Digital
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Mike’s Monthly Tip
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Building Blocks
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - August 2020 - Destinations
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