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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
So, What's REALLY on Your Takeaway Pizza?
Many years ago, a guy I knew who worked in a pizza restaurant told me how he and other employees used to sometimes place a tiny piece of meat in the middle of a vegetarian pizza. Just for kicks. Tsk tsk. (Be warned, vegetarians.)
Interestingly, one night I was telling this story to a couple of friends as we sat over a vegetarian pizza (they were both vegetarians themselves) and suddenly one of the girls picked up a piece and there it was: a small piece of meat - right in the middle of the pizza!
Hence, I've always been a bit suspicious of takeaway pizzas. Am I getting what I asked/paid for?
A few weeks ago, Hubby gave me some new information that has put me off the takeaway pizza. Probably for good. If you don't want to be put off, you might want to click away now, but I think you'll find this interesting...
Hubby had a meeting recently with someone who knows the pizza business. This was not a meeting between two foodies (Hubby can cook, but you won't find him on an episode of Masterchef anytime soon), it was just a business meeting.
The guy that Hubby met was telling him about the pizza business, and how at least one major takeaway pizza business here in Australia is not quite serving up what you think you're getting.
Get this: turns out, the cheese on your takeaway pizza (from the particular outlet I'm referring to) is not just cheese. Nuh-uh. Cheese is in there...yes...but less than half of the cheese on your pizza is actual cheese.
The rest, my dear readers is...potato starch.
Potato starch is, of course, the starch that is extracted from potatoes. The starch is used as a filler to make your pizza seem like it's topped with luscious, gooey, copius amounts of stringy, yummy, wholesome cheese. But nope, it isn't.
It's much cheaper, you see, to use a filler rather than 100% good-for-you cheese that pizza stores not only promise you is on your pizza, but should be on your pizza. Hell, you pay for that 'cheese'. Don't you deserve to get real cheese on your pizza?
This information has now ruined the takeaway pizza for me. Just like when I met a girl who was a Manager for a major takeaway chicken outlet, and although she wouldn't allaborate as to why she wouldn't eat it, she said that working there had ruined all chances of her ever eating potato and gravy packs served at such establishments again. Her story put me off too, and I've never touched the stuff since.
Seems the mantra we constantly hear is correct...if you want good, wholesome food - you'll have to make it yourself.
If you want a really easy pizza dough recipe, I posted one on here aaaages ago, and also on my recipe blog. Seriously, once you start making your own dough, you won't want to go back anyway. We make it pretty much every Friday night.
What takeaway food do you avoid? Ever found anything in your takeaway food that shouldn't actually be there?
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