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  • #21 by invertedisdead on 08 Apr 2018
  • Do they add anything in the Polly-O shreds?  Sometimes cheese brands will add cellulose powder to avoid caking.

    The Polly-O does, yeah, isn't Grande the only pre-shredded without it?
  • #22 by hammettjr on 08 Apr 2018
  • The Polly-O does, yeah, isn't Grande the only pre-shredded without it?

    It's hard to prove that it's the only, but yeah, it doesnt have anything added.
  • #23 by HarryHaller73 on 08 Apr 2018
  • The Polly-O does, yeah, isn't Grande the only pre-shredded without it?

    Not sure if they're the only ones.  Grande uses a special packing method for shredded cheese by pumping some sort of gas or air inside so the bag is inflated when you buy it.  This somehow prevents sticking.
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  • #24 by Josh123 on 10 Apr 2018
  • Interesting, did you try shedding blocks yourself? If you did, was there a difference in moisture when it melted?

    I have a spiral mixer, so there is no attachment for a pelican head shredder. Me using pre-shredded is out of necessity, but I did have a lengthy talk with my Grande rep about my concerns about off the block vs. pre-shredded, and he basically said that Grande spent literally millions on a mega cheese shredder that is like beyond anything known in the pizza world, and that because they dont use caking agents and fill the bags with gas, the difference between the block and shredded is negligible, if at all. I'm not sure about moisture levels, but can attest that even pre-shredded Grande is a clumpy, oily, butterfat mess in the best way possible. The cheese is incredibly pure. He said they use 80lbs of milk to get 8lbs of cheese, and are one of few companies who doesnt touch the butterfat. A lot of companies remove portions of it and sell it. Grande does not.
  • #25 by Josh123 on 10 Apr 2018
  • Not sure if they're the only ones.  Grande uses a special packing method for shredded cheese by pumping some sort of gas or air inside so the bag is inflated when you buy it.  This somehow prevents sticking.

    They do a pretty good job with that, but it definitely still clumps and sticks, and im ok with it. I know I'm getting a pure product that way.

    In fact, via my Grande rep himself, Grande is working on a new, low-moisture, fresh mozzarella, but they are having problems with it cause its too yellow, and most low-moisture fresh mozz is pure white, due to additives, etc. Was supposed to be on the market first quarter of 2018, but that time has come and gone. Im told Im first on the list in Pittsburgh to be notified when its done.  ;D
  • #26 by Essen1 on 10 Apr 2018
  • Not sure if they're the only ones.  Grande uses a special packing method for shredded cheese by pumping some sort of gas or air inside so the bag is inflated when you buy it.  This somehow prevents sticking.

    Grande fills its bags with nitrogen gas to prevent clumping. And yes, they are the only ones, as far as I'm aware of, that use this technique. The bags also contain less than 2% oxygen to prevent spoilage, even though the FDA requires less than 5%.
  • #27 by hammettjr on 21 Apr 2018
  • I'm getting close! I made 7 changes versus last bake, and almost all of them worked  :chef:

    1. 50/50 whole milk/part skim mozz (vs my usual 100% wm)
    2. lowered my stone 1 rack, away from the upper heating element (and towards the bottom element)
    3. went back up to 480 oven
    4. went back up to 55% water
    5. took my dough out earlier again (2.5 hours before bake)
    6. first time using my new mesh screen after it was seasoned by a pizzeria
    7. tried Bianco DiNapoli whole peeled

    8:30 bake at 480, 7 minutes on the mesh screen, stone temp 515.

    The melt was really nice. It had grease, but also some white, and the cheese stretched. I attribute this to a combination of adding part-skim and lowering the stone in the oven.

    The dough/undercrust was a huge improvement. I liked the 55% hydration, the seasoned screen worked well, and likely the lower stone placement was big here too.

    It didn't quite hit the mark flavor-wise, but I'm nitpicking. The sauce was just ok. And probably not enough hard cheese. I really miss the parm I was getting at the pizzeria distributor. The Bianco tomatoes were pretty good, but I like Cento Certified better. I think the salt in the tomatoes led the pizza to be too salty.

    Next time I plan to do everything the same, but mess with the sauce a bit.


  • #28 by norcoscia on 22 Apr 2018
  • Looks Great -  :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
  • #29 by jkb on 22 Apr 2018
  • Grande fills its bags with nitrogen gas to prevent clumping. And yes, they are the only ones, as far as I'm aware of, that use this technique. The bags also contain less than 2% oxygen to prevent spoilage, even though the FDA requires less than 5%.

    I used to make THC capsules.  It was in a sesame oil substrate and very susceptible to oxidation.  I had to retrofit the encapsulator from an air to mechanical ejection.  Positive pressure with nitrogen throughout the whole process.
  • #30 by deb415611 on 22 Apr 2018
  • I'm getting close! I made 7 changes versus last bake, and almost all of them worked  :chef:

    1. 50/50 whole milk/part skim mozz (vs my usual 100% wm)
    2. lowered my stone 1 rack, away from the upper heating element (and towards the bottom element)
    3. went back up to 480 oven
    4. went back up to 55% water
    5. took my dough out earlier again (2.5 hours before bake)
    6. first time using my new mesh screen after it was seasoned by a pizzeria
    7. tried Bianco DiNapoli whole peeled

    8:30 bake at 480, 7 minutes on the mesh screen, stone temp 515.

    The melt was really nice. It had grease, but also some white, and the cheese stretched. I attribute this to a combination of adding part-skim and lowering the stone in the oven.

    The dough/undercrust was a huge improvement. I liked the 55% hydration, the seasoned screen worked well, and likely the lower stone placement was big here too.

    It didn't quite hit the mark flavor-wise, but I'm nitpicking. The sauce was just ok. And probably not enough hard cheese. I really miss the parm I was getting at the pizzeria distributor. The Bianco tomatoes were pretty good, but I like Cento Certified better. I think the salt in the tomatoes led the pizza to be too salty.

    Next time I plan to do everything the same, but mess with the sauce a bit.

    very nice
  • #31 by jvp123 on 22 Apr 2018
  • Wow Matt, you are dialed in on that!  :chef:
  • #32 by invertedisdead on 22 Apr 2018
  • Textbook golden brown delicious undercrust right there. Nice pie Matt!

  • #33 by hammettjr on 28 Apr 2018
  • Same dough as last time, still a WM/PS blend, increased the oven temp to 500, 7:30 bake with 6:00 on the mesh.
    Maybe could've done a little less on the stone, maybe a little less herbs.
    Still need to improve my sauce overall, will go back to mixing different blends (7/11, Cento, Bonta).

    But this pie was solid


  • #34 by jvp123 on 28 Apr 2018
  • Same dough as last time, still a WM/PS blend, increased the oven temp to 500, 7:30 bake with 6:00 on the mesh.
    Maybe could've done a little less on the stone, maybe a little less herbs.
    Still need to improve my sauce overall, will go back to mixing different blends (7/11, Cento, Bonta).

    But this pie was solid

    NYC in the house!  :chef:
  • #35 by norcoscia on 29 Apr 2018
  • #36 by GumbaWill on 29 Apr 2018
  • It's hard to prove that it's the only, but yeah, it doesnt have anything added.

    Same dough as last time, still a WM/PS blend, increased the oven temp to 500, 7:30 bake with 6:00 on the mesh.
    Maybe could've done a little less on the stone, maybe a little less herbs.
    Still need to improve my sauce overall, will go back to mixing different blends (7/11, Cento, Bonta).

    But this pie was solid
    That is one really nice looking N.Y. style pie! What TF are you using, if you don't mind me asking.
     Is there any place a home baker in N.Y.C.  can buy Grande Mozzarella? My current choice is Garbani blocks.
  • #37 by Josh123 on 29 Apr 2018
  • Same dough as last time, still a WM/PS blend, increased the oven temp to 500, 7:30 bake with 6:00 on the mesh.
    Maybe could've done a little less on the stone, maybe a little less herbs.
    Still need to improve my sauce overall, will go back to mixing different blends (7/11, Cento, Bonta).

    But this pie was solid

    You could open a shop in Flushing right now  ;D
  • #38 by TXCraig1 on 29 Apr 2018
  • Very nice!
  • #39 by hammettjr on 29 Apr 2018
  • Thanks all!

    GumbaWill, my TF is currently 0.0975, which sounds high, but with only 55% water and 1.8% oil plus a heavy-handed dough opening, I get a fairly thin and chewy result. Note though that this last pie was stretched a little larger than intended.

    I'll send you a PM regarding pizzeria supplies in the NYC area.
  • #40 by GumbaWill on 29 Apr 2018
  • Thanks all!

    GumbaWill, my TF is currently 0.0975, which sounds high, but with only 55% water and 1.8% oil plus a heavy-handed dough opening, I get a fairly thin and chewy result. Note though that this last pie was stretched a little larger than intended.

    I'll send you a PM regarding pizzeria supplies in the NYC area.
    Thanks! Your thickness, looks about perfect for what I like. I went up today from .08 / .085 to .09. We will see how that goes. Your pie looks exactly like what I am shooting for!
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