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Frozen crust from GFS
« on: September 27, 2007, 09:13:24 PM »
Has anyone ever used this? Thanks.


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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2007, 07:32:44 AM »
holdem,

I saw this post recently at the Pizza Today bulletin board on the GFC frozen crusts:
http://www.pizzatoday.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=001063.  See also the PMQ Think Tank posts at http://thinktank.pmq.com/viewtopic.php?p=17521#17521. Apparently the GFC crusts can be used with regular conveyor ovens.

Along the lines of using frozen crusts, the Subway sandwich chain has been field testing "8 personal pizzas in several of its stores that are based on using frozen crusts. The crusts apparently come with the cheese already on them and are sealed in plastic bags. Toppings are added as one might select them for a Subway sandwich (pepperoni, meatball and other meat toppings are extra, but veggies and extra cheese are free), and some grated Parmesan cheese is typically sprinkled over the pizza. The pizza is then baked in a microwave oven with a heating element that combine to bake the pizza and brown the crust. It takes about 2-3 minutes for a pizza to bake. One company that apparently makes such an oven is Turbo Chef, whose website lists Subway as one of its customers. Pizza operators who have sampled the Subway pizzas have been critical of the product, which should come as no surprise, but ordinary consumers, especially those short on time, appear to be more favorably disposed. For them, speed may be more important than quality.

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2007, 09:02:47 AM »
Interesting.  I like the amount of control their 30" residential oven offers.
http://www.turbochef.com/residential/products/features.aspx

"12" Chicago Deep Dish Pizza in 6.5 minutes"
http://www.turbochef.com/residential/products/cooktimes.aspx

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007, 09:22:58 AM »
One company that apparently makes such an oven is Turbo Chef, whose website lists Subway as one of its customers.


More specifically, "The Tornado" is the oven Subway is using, and Turbo Chef offers several demonstration videos in about three different places on their site.

http://www.turbochef.com/commercial/tornado/tornado.htm
http://www.turbochef.com/commercial/swf/flv_players/Prepurchase.html
http://www.turbochef.com/commercial/swf/flv_players/Tornado_postpurchase.html

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2007, 10:03:55 AM »
November,

I went to the Turbo Chef website after reading a post by a pizza operator who said that the Subway shop he visited was using a Turbo Chef oven. I concluded, as you did, that it was likely the Tornado oven. However, with thousands of Subway shops, it's possible that franchisees are using other types and other brands of ovens. Apparently, licensees are not obligated to serve pizza, so they may be freelancing with their ovens, some of which they may now be using for other purposes.

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007, 12:09:12 PM »
Peter,

Turbo Chef specifically states that Subway uses The Tornado oven.

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2007, 12:24:23 PM »
Turbo Chef specifically states that Subway uses The Tornado oven.

November,

Thanks. Another example of the answer hiding in plain sight ;D. I was so busy trying to figure out what oven Subway may have been using that I completely missed it.

Peter

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2007, 09:39:17 PM »
Thanks for the links. Sounds like they sell a decent crust.

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007, 10:30:18 AM »
Holdem:

To answer YOUR question.  The short answer is yes.  There are better versions out there but GFS will do.  They seem to lack in taste.  Their dough will rise and color as expected.  Just make sure you use it at room temperature after it has thawed and had a chance to puff up a bit.  If  you decide to try it, be sure to remove the dough ball from the wrapper.  It sticks horribly and you'll end up with a dough glob.

It's nice to see Pete and November exchanging information again.  Ahhh...Just like the old days.

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007, 10:44:57 AM »
The segue from GFS into Subway was intentional on my part in light of a recent holdem post, at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,5451.msg46023.html#msg46023, which led me to believe, rightly or wrongly, that holdem may be considering some kind of business involving frozen crusts. This is essentially what Subway has done, and the Turbo Chef ovens are popular ones among concession operators, although obviously not the only choice.

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Re: Frozen crust from GFS
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2007, 10:50:29 AM »
Oh, I get it, Pete.  This is one of the many reasons you are beloved and admired.

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