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Have you been wondering which grocery store pizza dough is better? For your next pizza night, you’ll want this list of the best store bought pizza crust to buy premade. Learn where to buy pizza dough, and tips for choosing the best store bought pizza crust.
Many of the pizza recipes here use fresh dough balls. But they can be hard to find in the grocery store. One reader recently wrote in to ask, “Where can i buy fresh pizza dough?” so here is my list!
I’ve pretty much tried them all, and I’ve enlisted the help of a couple of “pizza experts” to fill in on which store brand has the best dough. Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, Kroger, Costco, New Seasons, Aldi… get the scoop on how to choose the best crust from grocery stores.
Where to find the best store bought pizza crust
I consider Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and New Seasons (in the PNW) to have some of the best refrigerated pizza dough around. It’s light and fluffy and makes for a chewy crust.
Pizza crust from grocery stores varies across the country
Living on both the East and West Coasts, I’ve pretty much tried pizza crust from major grocery stores everywhere.
Not all grocery stores across the US carry fresh balls of pizza dough.
This pizza is made on Whole Foods pizza dough. I find their dough to be a little more chewy than Trader Joe’s. It’s all a matter of preference – but I like ‘em both! (surprise, surprise…)
Sometimes you have to look for it as premade crusts in the bakery section. They will be already baked and then you top them. I used one of the TJ’s prebaked pizza crusts for this recipe for asparagus pizza.
Or you have to buy premade crusts in the freezer section. Really each store is so different.
Learn about using Whole Foods pizza dough to make a pizza. It’s light and fluffy and makes a chewy pizza crust.
What about canned pizza dough?
Canned pizza dough is delicious, but canned pizza crust has a different texture than regular balls of pizza dough.
In my experience buying Whole Foods canned pizza dough for recipes like this pear and goat cheese pizza, or getting classic Pilsbury pizza dough in the can, it is a bit more like puff pastry.
It’s great for gourmet pizzas with light sauces and toppings.
Frozen pizza dough that tops my list
Local food companies may sell specialty pizza crusts in your area.
One thing to look for is wood fired pizza crusts at grocery stores. Sometimes they are in the fresh dough section, other times you’ll find them in the frozen pizza dough section.
In Oregon, there are a number of popular frozen pizza dough brands that sell gourmet pizza crust that tastes like it just came off the grill.
The best gluten free grocery store pizza crust
“We like Trader Joe’s gluten-free because the texture and taste are the closest we have tried to regular pizza. It’s a great consistency and doesn’t taste rubbery.” Says Melissa McNamara, the Food Guru for The Pickup Line.
What does she recommend for baking it?
“You can make a thin crust or a thick deeper crust. Whatever you prefer. We find if you roll it out, then bake for 10 minutes with olive oil and a little salt it will get crispy.
Put whatever toppings you like on and bake at least 10 more minutes until the cheese and toppings are all melted and gooey!”
Why not buy pizza crust at a local pizza shop?
My mom used to do this all the time growing up. I’m from Rhode Island, which has so many Italian restaurants and bakeries. I remember being very young and running in with money to buy balls of pizza dough for our pizzas.
And I’m not alone in loving the idea of buying pizza dough at local pizza shops.
Nathaniel Lee, Editor of Beginner Food says:
“The ideal place to buy pizza dough is from a local pizza shop. Oftentimes, smaller shops will sell their dough, and since the primary focus of their business is making pizza, the dough will naturally be better quality.
If buying from a pizza shop is not an option, look for grocery stores that have a dedicated bakery section because the dough will be fresher and will not contain preservatives.”
These sauteed mushrooms are so tasty. Add them to any fresh or frozen store bought pizza crust to add instant flavor.
How to choose the best store bought pizza crust
Nathaniel also has some tips for choosing fresh pizza dough from stores…
- Look for the youngest dough available by checking the expiration dates.
- Avoid pizza dough where bubbles have already formed. Seeing bubbles on the dough means that it is likely over-proofed, so no additional air will come out of the dough as you work with it.
- If the pizza dough is sticking to the bag, avoid buying it, because this means there is too much water in the dough already.
- Look for dough that is in the shape of a ball because it will be the easiest to work with. If it is not in a ball shape, it could be over-proofed and contain too much water.
Go all Italian fare with this make-ahead tortellini salad.
Tools to make pizza from grocery stores taste great
Here are some of the best ingredients and tools for making pizza…
- Baking pan set for cooking pizza
- This super amazing dough seasoning
- And this pizza seasoning
- Humungo pizza cutters
- Pizza peel is always nice to have
- Mini tongs for adding toppings to pizza
- Beautiful Acadia wood cutting boards
- Go pro with an Ooni pizza oven
- Use a mandoline to quickly slice vegetables
- This grilling pizza tool set has everything you need
- These are my favorite mixing bowls
- Make individual pizzas with this mini pizza pan set
What to serve on the side of pizza
To throw together an easy pizza night, make a family-style side dish everyone will like.
Vegetables are a great idea.
Going to make some pizza?
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