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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2011, 09:06:38 PM »
Hi All,
Peter, I understand that even without the salt restriction it would not be easy for me to clone a NY pizza, and I will need to be flexible.  When I was in college I occasionally ate Papa Johns and enjoyed it  Ė if I ended up making a thinner version of PJ, Iíd probably be happy.  The recipe in my first post was used for two separate 12 inch pizzas (note they were roughly 12 inches, maybe a bit smaller). Perhaps they were too thin, but the 3rd picture I posted does not look that thin to my untrained eye.  Iím not sure yet which recipe I want to try this weekend.  Iím certainly open to try which you think will be best for me given my current skill level. 

Don, your pizza looks great! Thank you very much for the link to the salt substitutes. I will definitely try them.

Chickenparm, I look forward to seeing your pics!

Thanks again,
Matt


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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2011, 09:24:00 PM »
Matt,

I would first like to see what Bill ends up with since he has been playing around with the NY style for some time. He is also using a fairly long cold fermentation, which is a major departure from the two recipes I analyzed, both of which seem to be for short-term doughs. I'd also like to see Bill's final recipe if he succeeds with a long, cold fermentation.

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2011, 10:57:21 PM »
Matt,

I would first like to see what Bill ends up with since he has been playing around with the NY style for some time. He is also using a fairly long cold fermentation, which is a major departure from the two recipes I analyzed, both of which seem to be for short-term doughs. I'd also like to see Bill's final recipe if he succeeds with a long, cold fermentation.

Peter

Thanks for the nice words Peter!
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I hope I am able to contribute some more good info to this forum with doughs that do not have any added salt.I hope the longer fermentation times helps with the dough structure and flavor as well.
Will keep you all posted.
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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2011, 04:17:43 PM »
I made the no salt pizza dough topic at this link below.Come here to read and go to the pics of the pizzas.
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http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13335.new.html#new

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2011, 02:05:38 PM »
This weekend couldnít come fast enough!
Last night I used Billís recipe to make dough for two 12-inch pizzas.
Today Iím making a simple uncooked sauce using the can of Cento tomatoes my wife found at Trader Joes. (It has 20mg of sodium in a Ĺ cup, the same as the Muir Glen puree I was using.)
Iím planning to make the pizzas tomorrow night, but thereís a chance Iíll get anxious and make them tonight.  Iíll take plenty of pics.

Matt

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2011, 02:27:35 PM »
Matt, Looking forward to the results.
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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2011, 09:52:31 PM »
Thanks Don. I posted my results in Bill's No Salt thread on the NY page. I just looked at the pictures of your dough and crumb again - I really have a lot of work to do!
Matt

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2011, 01:18:00 PM »
you might want to use some salt in the dough, maybe 1-1.25%, and omit the salt in the pizza sauce and use low-sodium cheese. I think I would go this route rather than trying to modify your baking protocol. We can address that issue if the above recommendations do not work.

Do you guys think a (very) small amount of salt would help my dough? (Whether for fermentation, flavor or other reasons). Maybe I should ask, what is the minimum amount of salt that would be beneficial? At this point I donít want to reduce the amount of cheese on my pizza, which means ideally Iíd only add 1/32 of a teaspoon of salt. For a 14 pizza, thatís about 0.06% in baker's percentages. (1/16 tsp is 0.12%, about a tenth of Peterís recommendation above.)

If this wonít help, Iím happy to continue with my no salt dough. It is much better than I hoped thanks to you guys!

Thanks,
Matt

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« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2011, 01:47:39 PM »
Matt, Good to hear from you again. I myself doubt that such a small amount of salt will have much effect on the fermentation side of the equation. Of course if adding the salt you can still keep your target of 300mg. total sodium, you might get a slight taste improvement, as your diet is low sodium you would naturally be more sensitive to the taste of salt. If you find you can't detect the salt, then go back to the present recipe that is working for you. Tinkering is fun.
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« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2011, 02:05:06 PM »
Thanks Don. Good point, you know from experience how our sensitivity to salt changes, I'll experiment a bit. I'm going to go ahead and place an order for small measuring spoons so I'll have them in time for next weekend.

Matt

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« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2011, 02:32:02 PM »
Matt, Cool, keep us informed please.
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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2011, 02:42:14 PM »
Absolutely, will do Don. I'll continue posting updates of my progress in the No Salt thread in the NY page. This question I thought was more appropriate for the newbie page, and I wanted to quote Peter's comment.

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2011, 05:16:28 PM »
Do you guys think a (very) small amount of salt would help my dough? (Whether for fermentation, flavor or other reasons). Maybe I should ask, what is the minimum amount of salt that would be beneficial?

Matt,

As you will note from the Pizza FAQ document that Tom Lehmann prepared for the American Institute of Baking (AIB), at https://www.aibonline.org/researchandtechnical/faqs/pizza.html, if you use less than 1% salt, according to Tom you are likely to end up with a very bland crust. Of course, this is for people who are not on a sodium-restricted diet. Remember, also, that just about all normal pizza cheeses and many sauces also include salt. So, the total sodium content will generally be higher. I saw a commercial recipe recently where I calculated the salt to be a bit over 1%. I would say that that amount is perhaps on the low side for commercial doughs. Tom himself usually recommends 1.75% in the cases that I can recall, and I have seen quite a few.

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2011, 06:07:11 PM »
Thank you for the link Peter. I didnít realize that adding oil to the sauce helps keep the favor of the seasonings when it bakes. (I do include oil, but it thought it was more for flavor and texture.)
Iíll experiment with small amounts of salt in the dough. Maybe Iíll end up with a very bland crust instead of a very, very bland crust :D
Matt

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2011, 06:48:37 PM »
Matt,

If you take a look at Reply 24 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,7761.msg67196/topicseen.html#msg67196, you can read more about the role of oil that is on the surface of the dough, either in a pan/disk, applied topically, or as part of a sauce. You can read about the role of oil in the dough at Reply 1 at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,7915.msg67933.html#msg67933.

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Re: My First Pizza - Please Help
« Reply #40 on: April 23, 2011, 06:48:11 PM »
Thank you Peter.

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« Reply #41 on: April 23, 2011, 07:00:48 PM »
Thank you Peter.

Matt,

My pleasure. I operate on the theory that the more people know about the whats and whys and hows of pizza dough, the better they will do with their pizza making efforts. I actually sense that some members are as addicted to the knowledge part of pizza making as they are to their pizzas :-D. I think it helps put them in better control of what they do---rather than being at the mercy of unknown forces--which can be an empowering thing.

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