Is Your Gluten-Free Dough too Soft and Chewy? Our Tasti-Grain is Thin and Crispy!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Jenny Dean

Thin Pizza CrustSo you’ve  found a few frozen dough manufacturers that offer gluten-free dough; but you’re still having trouble finding one that offers good dough? This is because it can be hard to work with gluten-free flour, and not all manufacturers can do it.

With white or whole wheat flour, the dough becomes smooth and not at all sticky while it’s being formed. This is not necessarily true for gluten-free dough. Gluten-free dough is by its very nature somewhat sticky, because it does not have the binding gluten needed to make it form into a nice smooth ball. While it’s still possible to prepare pizza using this dough, it’s evident in the finished product through the soft chewy dough. This is still fairly tasty, and still good for those with celiac disease; but not so good for those who like a crispy thin pizza crust.

At DeIorio’s though, our Tasti-Grain is gluten-free and thin and crispy. You can even buy them in shells so there’s no need to let it sit out and thaw; something else that can sometimes add to a softer dough. Our gluten-free dough balls however, are also available for those who want to offer gluten-free calzones or breadsticks to their customers.

All of our gluten-free products at DeIorio’s have been so professionally prepared, and use such a high-quality gluten-free flour that helps minimize sticking and handling issues. 

The Benefits of Gluten Free Pizza and Gluten Free Cookies for Kids

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Jenny Dean

The need for a gluten free diet is obvious for kids and adults who are suffering from celiac disease. Because they can’t digest gluten, things like gluten free pizza and gluten free cookies are a must to prevent children, and adults who suffer from the disease, from getting sick. But gluten free diets can also be beneficial for those who aren’t suffering from celiac disease; and are said to give anyone increased energy levels and a healthier overall feel.

Cookies that are gluten free, and use ingredients that can be easily digested such as rice flour and tapioca dextrin, not only make the products easier to digest, but they also give kids the energy they need to get through their busy days. This is especially important for kids, as just one or two cookies tucked inside a lunch bag can make kids more aware and more focused, and give them better concentration during the rest of the school day. When offering these cookies in your restaurant, you can use that as a selling point and sell the cookies for people to take home with them.

When you’re looking to add gluten free snacks to your menu, check out our entire line of Live Well Eat Pizza products. Here you’ll find all the pizza shells and crusts you need that don’t contain any gluten – and you’ll find cookies too!

Gluten Free Pizza and Gluten Free Cookies – Kids Can Have It All!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Jenny Dean

It can be hard to find fun snacks and meals for your restaurant to offer kids that suffer from celiac disease. This disease prevents the body from digesting food properly due to a hypersensitivity to gluten in the small intestine. Gluten is found in just about everything from wheat to rye to barley and triticale; and especially in processed foods. This can make preparing meals and snacks for children difficult, as much of the standard food for kids is also heavily loaded with gluten.

But because celiac disease has gained so much awareness over the past several years, some manufacturers are starting to come out with products such as gluten free pizza and gluten free cookies; and they’re available in bulk so that restaurants can now offer them in their businesses, too. These products are of course, made without any gluten and are just as delicious as their highly-starched counterparts. And while you still might not find a huge selection of these products available from your regular supplier, there are still a few places where you can.

At DeIorios we have cookies, ready to cook pizzas, and pizza shells – all that are gluten free. Our Live Well Eat Pizza line includes a huge selection of pizza crusts and shells, and cookies, too. We know how much everybody loves a good snack; and having celiac disease shouldn’t stop them from having it. Check us out at DeIorios and after trying our tasty and gluten free products, you’ll be confident knowing you’re serving a delicious and healthy lunch for everyone, and it won’t be long before you see your profits soar from offering products few else do!

Offering Healthier Pizza Dough Options Brings More Customers

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Jenny Dean

Italian Pizza DoughThese days everyone’s thinking about eating better and living healthier, and for a lot of people that means cutting back on some of their favorite traditional comfort foods- like pizzeria style pizza. That can spell bad news for pizza shop and restaurant owners, but there are ways to offer your customers healthier pizza options, and draw them in to your business.

Of course when you first start thinking about making certain parts of your menu healthier, whole wheat pizza dough is an obvious choice.  For those that want to get all the health benefits of whole wheat while changing up the flavor of their pizza crust, honey wheat pizza dough is also available. This can be especially delicious with toppings such as pesto sauce, chicken, lean ham, and pineapple.

Gluten free pizza crust  can also be a good option, just be sure to include healthy toppings like vegetables and lighter-style sauces.

Everyone’s starting to think more about their own health these days. And if you can offer your customers healthy alternatives that have all the taste and flavor they’ve come to love, they’re going to choose you over the competition every time.

What Types of Pizza Dough Can You Toss?

Monday, June 18, 2012 by Jenny Dean

Italian Pizza DoughLots of restaurant owners love the idea of being able to toss their pizza dough high up in the air, and then deftly catch it, with no tears or rips whatsoever. But too many restaurant owners try to toss their dough, only to find that it doesn’t work. No matter how gentle they are, and no matter how many different tossing styles they try the dough still becomes ripped and the restaurant owner is still left with a holey pizza crust.

Why is this?

It’s because only dough made from white flour and yeast has enough elasticity to toss properly. Whole wheat pizza dough has a texture that is too rough to be tossed, and doesn’t allow for the smooth stretching that white dough does. This is because whole wheat dough doesn’t have the same amount of gluten in it as white dough, and it’s the gluten that allows dough to stretch so much. It’s also because of this that gluten-free pizza dough also doesn’t toss well at all. While whole wheat dough does still contain gluten, just not as much as white flour dough, gluten-free dough is virtually impossible to toss.

Tossing the dough for your pizzas will give your customers a little something different in every bite, and give them an experience they won’t be likely to forget any time soon. Just know the different types of dough that can be used, so that your tossing is as perfect as it should be!

Offering Gluten Free Pizza Crust? Make Sure It’s Gluten Free!

Friday, June 1, 2012 by Jenny Dean

So you’ve ordered your gluten free pizza crust and your gluten free pizza shell, and you’re all ready to offer gluten free products to your customers. Or are you? Some restaurants have offered gluten free pizza, only to later have customers with celiac disease later report that their pizza made them sick. So how does this happen when all the proper precautions were taken?

Pizza DoughUsually, it’s because all of the proper precautions were not taken in the preparation of the dough. When crust that is gluten free is delivered to you, it will in fact be completely gluten free. However when you slap it down on the counter and roll it out in the same area where you prepare all the other non-gluten-free crust, some of that gluten is bound to get into the crust that was once gluten free. This cross-contamination, even though on such a small scale, is enough to interfere with a person’s digestion system, should they be suffering from celiac disease.

When you want to offer your customers truly gluten free products, make sure that there are two different areas to prepare crust that is gluten-free and a separate area to prepare crust that contains gluten. These areas must be completely separate from each other, and using different dishes and utensils in the different areas is also a must.

Also remember that when preparing different types of crusts, especially those that are gluten-free, that you thoroughly wash your hands when moving from one type of crust to another – so that the gluten can’t travel through your hands, either.

Gluten Free Pizza is More than a Trend – It’s a Healthy Lifestyle Choice!

Thursday, May 3, 2012 by Jenny Dean

Long before Hollywood celebrities such as Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Gwyneth Paltrow started popularizing the gluten-free lifestyle millions of people, including Elisabeth herself, suffered from Celiac Disease. This disease is a result of the body’s autoimmune response to gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Up until the past few years, individuals that had celiac disease were forced to find very creative options and alternatives, as so many foods contain gluten. Today though, gluten-free foods such as gluten free pizza, can be found very easily, making it much easier for both those who need a celiac diet, and those who want one.

Gluten Free Pizza

As gluten free pizza crust and shells become more widely available with brands such as Live Well Eat Pizza, more and more people, including many that don’t suffer from celiac disease, are beginning to realize the benefits of the gluten-free diet. These benefits include things like lower cholesterol levels, better digestion and what most people find when switching to gluten-free, a huge increase in energy.

It’s also worthwhile to note that celiac disease is hugely under diagnosed, and so many that are switching to the diet might feel much better because they don’t realize they’re ingesting a protein that their body reacts so negatively to. If you suffer from discomfort after you eat such as cramps, severe bloating, and an overall sense of overwhelming fatigue, switching to a gluten-free diet could be the answer.

Whether you need a gluten-free diet, or you just want a healthier lifestyle, order any of our gluten-free products today and just see the difference it makes!