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Five Mistakes to Avoid when Cooking Pizzas in the Oven

Five Mistakes to Avoid when Cooking Pizzas in the Oven

People love to eat pizza. There are many flavors and toppings to choose from. They are easy and quick to make and if made right they are delicious. However, if you are not careful it is easy to mess up a pizza. The simplicity of the dish can be attractive. People may think that they can make it but they often destroy their pizzas with common, careless mistakes.

Here are some of the most common pizza making mistakes to avoid if you wish to enjoy an appetizing and tasty pizza.

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1. Make sure to get the dough right.

The dough is a critical ingredient of a pizza. If you do not get the dough right then it could turn up either soggy or too crispy. Some people prefer a thin crust but remember that there is always a limit to which the dough can be stretched. If you stretch it too much it will not be able to support the sauce and the toppings. When you put it in the pizza oven it could end up ripping. The perfect dough should be about 1/8 to ¼ inch thick. Once you get the consistency of the dough right, your pizza will be as crisp as you want it to be.

2. Do not get greedy with toppings.

The taste of the pizza depends on the toppings. People often choose too many things because they think that it will enhance the taste of the pizza. They try to get all of their favorite things on a single pizza. Remember that everything does not go well together. If you get too generous with the toppings, it will likely end up ruining the taste. Adding too many toppings will also increase the cooking time and lead to uneven cooking. You may get one side that is overcooked and the other side undercooked. It is important to keep the toppings in check.

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3. Pre-cooking some ingredients is a good idea.

Most of the toppings cook on the pizza while it is in the oven, but there are certain toppings such as meat which should be cooked before you toss them onto the pizza. It is possible that the cooking time of the pizza is not enough to cook the meat. Eating undercooked meat can make you ill. If you choose steak, bacon, sausages, or chicken then make sure to cook them before putting them on the pizza.

4. Seasoning is the key to deliciousness.

If you want the best end product then you need to understand the importance of seasoning. The proportion of seasoning in the dough should be precise. Make sure that there is not too much of any ingredient because it will throw off the balance of the overall taste. You need to take the toppings into consideration when seasoning the crust. If you are adding salty ingredients such as olives or anchovies you need to limit the amount of salt you put in the crust.

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5. Preparing the pizza stone or baking sheet is important.

If you want a perfect crust then it needs to have a crisp bottom. You need to pay attention to the pizza stone and baking sheet before building your pizza and putting it into the oven. If you do not pay attention to the bottom then the pizza will turn out too soft. A limp crust is not part of a perfect pizza! If you prefer to use a pizza stone then you need to pre-heat the oven for at least twenty minutes. If you use a baking sheet then you should pre-heat it in the oven coated with a thin layer of oil to prevent sticking.

If you keep these simple things in mind you will be able to enjoy a delicious, crispy, and appetizing pizza.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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