How Sharp Should a Pizza Wheel be? [Moved from Home Cooking]
- Pei Jan 6, 2007 01:30 AM
I bought a Kitchen Aid pizza cutter today--the heavier one from the "Professional" line of their cooking products.
I've never owned a pizza wheel before, but was somewhat surprised when I opened it and it wasn't sharp at all. Is this normal? I realize I'll only ever be using it to cut dough, but should it be dull? I can roll it all over my palm without any fear of being cut.
Pizza cutters are rather blunt, using more of a wedge-separation effect.
My best pizza cutter is made out of a heavy grade of clear acrylic plastic that costed about $2 from an old job. It busts the hard edge blanched crust that a local pizza joint sells far better than the wheel type of cutters.
Well a clever needs to be a bit on the blunt side, so it doesn't dig to deep into the top upon impact. Still another wedge-separation device.
Believe it or not, an over sharpened clever can be substuted for a hatchet or an axe and be used to split wood. In one instance a friend split his wife's favorite John Boos cutting table when he over sharpened his clever.
I've found most pizza wheels eventually fail because of the rivet that holds the blade to the handle. I start using a cleaver by holding it where I want to cut and gently pressing down on the blade and handle. The cleaver is roughly half the diameter of my pizza and the wedging action is perfect.
Then I hit pizza-cutting nirvana when I acquired a cutter from a closed Pizza Hut. It is a semi-circular piece of stainless steel with the straight side folded into a handle and a razor-sharp curved edge. It makes short work of any pizza.
Ok I have to weigh in here. We are closet pizza fanatics, don't tell ok. We have been through about 2 dozen pizza wheels. The best is the one that you just got. Has a good heft and balance. Cuts pies like a pro. (Let the pizza sit just a while when it comes out of the oven, it will be a lot easier to cut, and the cheese will stay on the slices.) No rivet on this one as it is a bolt which is handy for the occasional complete take apart and cleaning.
Also great for making Croissants, Ravioli, Triangle pasta, and a host of other things.
I love my Pampered Chef pizza cutter...it's heavy in the hand, and works great for cutting alot of other things besides pizza. The blade is fairly sharp...they give you a blade cover to protect from any inadvertant nicks when digging through drawers.
I used to work at Pizza Hut many moons ago...their cutters are the best...you are lucky El Puerto! I should have snuck one out when I left! lol