You can definitely cook yummy frozen pizza in Pizzello’s high-quality pizza oven. Pizzello will greatly facilitate your lunch or dinner by helping you cook delicious frozen pizzas quickly and efficiently while saving you extra waiting time! In this article, we'll delve into the following key points to help you gain more insight into frozen pizza cooking by working perfectly with Pizzello ovens:

  • A trade-off between frozen pizzas and take-n-bake pizzas(raw pizzas)
  • Recommended Frozen Pizza Brands
  • Tips for Perfect Frozen Pizza Results

Pre-Cooked Frozen Pizzas, or Raw Pizzas?

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When considering whether frozen pizzas are pre-cooked or raw, it's important to recognize that the cooking process and time will vary significantly, as will the temperature settings required for optimal results.

Time Needed to Cook

Pre-Cooked Frozen Pizzas:

  • Require a longer bake time, usually 15-25 minutes, as they are baking from a completely frozen state.
  • The frozen pizza needs time to defrost before the crust, and toppings can get crispy and browned.

Raw Frozen Pizzas:

  • Have a much shorter bake time, often under 10 minutes.
  • The shorter bake allows the raw dough and toppings to cook through properly before overcooking.

Temperature Controlling Nuances

Pre-Cooked Frozen Pizzas:

  • Need to be baked at a lower oven temperature, around 400-450°F, to prevent burning before the center is cooked through.
  • Preheating to too high a temperature can cause the crust to overcook and burn while the middle remains undercooked.

Raw Frozen Pizzas:

  • Require very high oven temperatures, ideally around 700°F, to properly cook the raw dough and toppings quickly.
  • The intense heat allows the crust to get crispy and charred while the toppings cook through rapidly.

In essence, pre-cooked frozen pizzas demand a longer baking time at lower temperatures to fully cook from their frozen state, while raw frozen pizzas can be cooked much faster at extremely high temperatures since the ingredients start at room temperature. Carefully controlling the oven heat is crucial for achieving the desired crust and topping doneness for each type of frozen pizza.

Recommended Frozen Pizza Brand Cooked in Pizzello's Oven

As to choosing a frozen pizza to cook in your Pizzello oven, it's essential to select one that complements the cooking characteristics of the oven itself. Our Pizzello oven is known for providing high and stable heat, which helps achieve a crispy crust and evenly melted cheese.

Brand

Description

Cooking Time & Temperature

Roberta's Wood Fired Pizza Margherita

  • Fast-cooking, restaurant-quality pizza
  • Charred crust, sweet sauce, fresh mozzarella-like cheese. 
  • Could pass as decent restaurant pizza.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Bake for 5½ - 6½ minutes on a baking sheet. 

Red Baron Classic Crust Pepperoni

  • Classic crust, balanced flavors, crowd-pleaser
  • Distinct crust, sauce, and cheese flavors in each bite. 
  • The crust is the right thickness and crispiness.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake directly on rack for 18-21 min or on a pan for 20-23 min.

Red Baron Singles Deep Dish Pepperoni

  • Single-serve deep-dish pepperoni pizza
  • Classic topping in the perfect size for lunch or dinner.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake on a cookie sheet for 22-24 min. 

Freschetta Brick Oven Crust Pepperoni

  • Square-cut, fire-baked crust inspired by Italian brick ovens
  • Crispy crust, generous toppings.

Preheat grill on high for 5+ min. Grill pizza on foil for 13-16 min.

Freschetta Naturally Rising Crust Pepperoni

  • Garlic-brushed naturally rising crust
  • Signature pepperoni with generous real mozzarella and provolone.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake on a pan for 22-26 min.

Newman's Own Thin & Crispy Uncured Pepperoni

  • Thin crust, uncured pepperoni, natural ingredients
  • Superior taste, savory toppings, multi-grain crust.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake directly on the rack for 10-12 min.

Red Baron Classic Crust Four Cheese

  • Unique blend of mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, parmesan
  • Perfect satisfying crunch of classic crust.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake directly on the rack for 18-21 min or on a pan for 20-23 min.

Freschetta Naturally Rising Crust Four Cheese

  • Medley of real mozzarella, white cheddar, provolone, parmesan
  • Blank canvas to customize your own pizza.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake on a pan for 22-26 min.

Quest 4-Cheese

  • High protein, low carb crust made with dairy protein
  • Swaps typical carbs in the crust with protein without compromising taste.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake on a sheet for 19-22 min or directly on the rack for a crispier crust.

Tips for Perfect Frozen Pizza in Pizzello Pizza Oven

Ensuring your frozen pizza comes out perfectly when using a Pizzello pizza oven is all about temperature control, the right baking surface, and vigilant monitoring. Follow these specific tips to achieve a pizza with a crispy crust, even cooking, and a golden brown finish.

Preheat the Pizzello Oven to a Lower Final Temperature

It's crucial to preheat your oven to the right temperature, but for a Pizzello oven, aim for a lower final temperature than you would for a homemade pizza. Preheat to around 350°F (around 177°C), to strike a balance between cooking the toppings evenly and avoiding a burnt crust.

Use the Right Baking Surface

Consider using a pizza stone for the optimum baking surface that provides a nonstick release while giving you that desired crispy crust. If you don't own one, placing the pizza directly on the center rack ensures the bottom gets cooked evenly without becoming soggy.

Position and Rotate the Pizza

Place your pizza on the center rack to promote even cooking. Halfway through the cooking time, rotate the pizza 180 degrees to ensure all parts receive equal heat. Use a timer to remind you to check, as this step is important for an even texture.

Check Doneness and Cool Briefly

Your pizza is perfectly cooked when the cheese is bubbly, and the crust is golden brown. Once you reach this stage, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes before slicing. This resting period allows for the texture to settle and makes slicing easier.

Types of Pizza Ovens for Cooking Frozen Pizza at Pizzello

A chef in a white uniform placing a pizza into an oven, with freshly baked pizzas topped with tomatoes and basil in the foreground.

If you are looking to cook a frozen pizza, Pizzello offers a range of options to suit your preferences. You can utilize the following Pizzello ovens of premium quality to achieve that perfectly cooked pizza with a crispy crust and well-melted cheese.


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