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Offline ChiG

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Re: Aurelios Pizza Perfected!
« Reply #160 on: February 20, 2015, 05:41:49 AM »
I worked at the franchise in oak brook terrace in 86, and it was there for quite a while before i worked there, at least 7 yrs...and they had conveyors.  And I remember the dough went into huge sanitary grey garbage cans.  I never remember any balls around.  I thought they'd cut it to weight and rough ball and run through a sheeter.  The memory is grey on that though.  The sausage was bulk and went into a machine called the monster that you out a pizza under it had holes and would push the bulk so it would slowly extrude then cut the sausage and it would drop on the pizza.  I had to clean the monster every night......it was a nightmare.   So wishing I paid better attention.

I remember the garbage cans as well in Homewood. They did then weigh and sheeted it. The pans were oiled well and pre set up with the dough for the next day as well. The pans were all on racks in bags in the walk in. They got pulled before the store opened, and throughout the night as needed. They had 2 conveyor ovens, and a ton of deck ovens. The kitchen was huge. The "old ovens" were mostly used for the stuffed and calabrese pizzas. Also, the were used after the conveyors for well done/extra crispy pizzas. They needed all the ovens too. That store is damn busy on the weekends.

Edit: I HATED cleaning the Monster. We had full time dishwaasher, but us kids on the line had to pre clean it to get all the sausage out of it, as not to waste it. It was a major PITA.
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Re: Aurelios Pizza Perfected!
« Reply #161 on: February 20, 2015, 05:43:31 AM »
Chig.  Since you worked there and know the pizza what can you tell us about the products they use and the sauce.....

The sauce is made off site and came in bags. The  sausage as well. Wish I could be more helpful there.

Edit: As I stated in another thread, the cheese is 1 part chelino - 2 parts Mozzarella
« Last Edit: February 20, 2015, 05:50:43 AM by ChiG »
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Re: Aurelios Pizza Perfected!
« Reply #162 on: February 20, 2015, 06:44:12 AM »
Two videos of the Homewood operation:


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Re: Aurelios Pizza Perfected!
« Reply #163 on: February 20, 2015, 09:38:15 AM »
That video reminded me. There are two of those double conveyor ovens for the restaurant and two for the pick up/delivery side as well. The view in the first video is from about the middle of the bank of ovens towards the restaurant side. it goes back about the same distance the other direction for the pick up side.
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Re: Aurelios Pizza Perfected!
« Reply #164 on: February 20, 2015, 09:56:40 AM »
Making my dough today for Sunday's pizza. I'll try the diastatic malt powder for this batch.

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Re: Aurelios Pizza Perfected!
« Reply #165 on: February 25, 2015, 07:48:36 AM »
Making my dough today for Sunday's pizza. I'll try the diastatic malt powder for this batch.

I did not see or taste any difference using the malt powder vs malt syrup. However, it is a lot cheaper to use. Since I do bake my own bread, I will keep this product on hand.


 

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