Is Trader Joe's pizza dough any good?

Is their dough any good? I see it every time I go to Trader Joe's, but have never tried it. It's just over a buck a bag and they have three kinds: plain, herb and whole wheat. I'm wondering if it's a decent backup if I didn't have time to make dough.

Nick Harris
posted about 5 years ago

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I've tried the plain, the garlic and herb, but not the whole wheat. I wasn't a huge fan of the herb dough. The plain was decent. It held up well in a high temperature oven.

It can be a bit of a pain to wrestle out of the bag, so do that before hand and place it into an oiled bowl so that the glutens aren't worked up when you shape it.

One thing I noticed was the expire date on the dough. On some balls, it was 5 or 6 days out. The fresh balls might not be ready if you use them immediately.

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Raj Irukulla admin
posted about 5 years ago

We tried it a few weeks ago when we had not begun our "education". We did not have our pizza steel yet, but we did have a 3/4" stone. We were extremely disappointed with the result. There was basically no cornice and the bottom crust was crisp like a cracker. We since made Tony's recipe using both all-purpose flour and then bread flour. There was no comparison with the Trader Joe's dough. We would not use it again. But give it a try--it is very inexpensive to try it.

Ken K.
posted almost 5 years ago

I completely agree with your assessment Ken. Very inexpensive, so no harm in trying it. I've found the dough to be on the wetter side. For the novice pizza maker, it won't be easy to work with. It performs much better at higher temperatures (above 700F).

- Raj   almost 5 years ago

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