Improve efficiency, quality and consistency
A common practice when making the traditional Neapolitan and New York style thin crust pizza is to stretch the dough on the surface of a wood pizza peel and make the pizza on the surface of the wood pizza peel. Typically, pizza peels are rectangular in shape, which does not help for accurately making a round pizza. Often users of wood pizza peels are faced with a dilemma. Buy a smaller pizza peel size, which cost a little less, but requires stretching the dough onto and all the way to the end of the three beveled sides. Or pay a little more for the next bigger size to reap the benefit of using the flat surface and avoid the three sides of bevel edges.
The biggest problem with both scenarios is figuring out how to accurately size the dough. This dilemma has forced pizza peel users to use a magic marker or ink pen to draw their own measuring circles onto the surface of the pizza peel.
Comply with FDA Menu Label Guidelines
In 2017, the FDA Menu Labeling guidelines will require chains of twenty or more to display on their menus the calories for their regular menu pizza items. The pizza’s calories will need to be advertised for the whole pizza and when the pizza is cut, the calories per each slice.
When stretching dough on a wood pizza peel without measuring circles, there is a likelihood the pizza will be made too big or too small. In either case, an inaccurately sized pizza may bring unwanted attention to the consumer, consumer protection groups, competitors or federal regulators, placing the potential risk of negative publicity, legal issues or non-compliance fines for the business owner.
Some of the pizza industry’s portioning processes will need to change to adapt to the FDA menu labeling guidelines. Accuracy starts when making a pizza. Pizzas that are made in a pan or on a screen are measured by the size of the pan or screen. When pizzas are made on an ordinary pizza peel, there is no way to accurately size the pizza. The Portion PeeL with precise measuring circles give the accuracy needed for reporting the nutritional content and calories.
Not only will making pizzas sized for accuracy on a wood pizza peel be required to meet the FDA’s portioning expectations, cutting pizzas into equal slices will also be required. Ordering a custom made Portion PadL along with the Portion PeeL assures that from the start, pizzas are sized accurately as well as at the end, pizzas are accurately cut into equal slices. The Portion PeeL and Portion PadL are two portioning tools that are ideal for the FDA menu labeling portioning compliance.