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Do you buy Frozen Pizza? Do you Buy Pre-made Crusts? Why the Reluctance to Go the Next Step?

I'd always avoided dealing with yeast, though I'm not quite sure why. I think I was intimidated. My husband was out of town, my car died, and I got hungry and curious and started making pizza dough (and sauce, though that's another issue). I've no real fancy tools (found a cheap pizza stone, still working on a peel while my eyebrows grow back), use only all-purpouse flour and all the tricks in the book that the purists and obsessivea scoff at (parchment, rolling pin, Saran Wrap), but the pizzas I've made in the past few weeks have SO far surpassed frozen and outpassed the chains.

I guess I'm wondering: If you still buy frozen, why? If you still buy Boboli or the generic equivalent, why?

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  1. Time. That's really it. If I have the time, I'll make my own. But I don't mind a shortcut if needed.

    1. i agree...time..and the water here doesnt taste good either...

      and some of the frozens arent horrible..
      totinos party pizza is a nice snack...
      tonys pepperoni used to better..the pepperoni used to be thick and u would get a lot of them on a pizza ..
      digiornos are ok...
      u can even get CPK frozen ....

      and i still do the pizza in box once in a while..just cuz i remember how much fun it was as a kid..
      and now i have kids of my own...

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      1. re: srsone

        Okay, fair, both fair. I guess the other thing I forgot to mention was that we try to watch our sodium, and frozen pizza is like a salt lick.

        1. re: Mestralle

          true...but we also dont eat one every day....
          maybe once a week or two...

        2. re: srsone

          I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Tombstone pepperoni.

          Plus, I went to Mizzou and these days you can find Shakepeare's Pizza frozen. The fresh stuff is the best ever. The frozen is a passable substitute.

        3. Because maybe I don't want to make my own every single time? I fail to see why this is an insufficient answer.

          1. in addition to the time issue, there's also the fact that many people are intimidated by dough-making, or simply have no desire to do it. different strokes....

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              this is me. I have made dough in my bread maker, which was great but, I've found some premade naan at the supermarket. And my gawd, have we made some quick and tastee pizzas with that. Even when I tried a couple of weeks of veganism. Yummy, cheeseless pizzas with humus, olives, tomatoes and fresh avocado...all on a little naan :)

              Maybe I'd make the dough by hand someday but, it's not really a need for me.

            2. 1) Time. Homemade crust doesn't take that long but it's not exactly a 15-minute dinner you can just throw together with no planning at all.
              2) Being intimidated by yeast. Plus I guess a lot of people just don't like baking, working with flour, cleaning it all up, whatever. It can be a hassle if you have very little free time.
              3) This is probably just because I'm a student, but I've talked to people my age who don't realise that making your own bread, pizza dough, etc is even an option. To them these foods just magically grow from the grocery store shelves or something. They can't fathom making dough at home.
              That said when I was growing up my mom always made a bunch of homemade crusts maybe once every three months and froze them for quick use later. I've never made pizza or had it at home with store bought crusts or dough.

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              1. re: Slowdive

                '3) This is probably just because I'm a student, but I've talked to people my age who don't realise that making your own bread, pizza dough, etc is even an option. To them these foods just magically grow from the grocery store shelves or something. They can't fathom making dough at home.'

                It's like those people who have fruit trees in their gardens that are LOADED with delicious fruit every year, but leave it to rot, because edible fruit only comes from the market ;-)