How Sharp Should a Pizza Wheel be? [Moved from Home Cooking]
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.
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
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'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.
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.
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.