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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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