Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Frozen Pizza bake-off: Day 8
Today's Pizza is the "TombStone Original Pizza Pepperoni Made With Pork Chick And Beef Made With 100% Real Cheese". (Whew!). Unlike the other pizzas tested so far, this did not come in a box. It came in shrink-wrap with a cardboard back and a paper front.
The cheese on this pizza is good. It is abundant and has a pleasant cheesy taste that goes well with the bready taste of the crust. The sauce is abundant but somewhat thin in taste, not the tangy sauce that the Schaum brands use. The pepperoni...
Ah yes, the pepperoni.
I was surprised to find a vague medicinal aftertaste upon my first bite into this pizza. Yet this rather nasty taste went away as I ate towards the outside crust. But then it came back again when I started on the next piece. But then it went away.
After some experimentation, it appears that this taste is the grease from the pepperoni. It runs down to the center of the pizza, which is why my first bite, near the center of the pizza, had this rather odd and obnoxious aftertaste, the taste of rancid chicken grease.
It's a pity, really. Other than that rather nasty taste near the center from the pepperoni grease, this pizza has a lot going for it, especially if you like cheese. It isn't as good as the Frescheta Brick Oven pizza, but then few pizzas are. It is, rather, a solid well-conceived well-balanced pizza... except for that rather nasty and medicinal-tasting pepperoni grease.
I have to, therefore, reluctantly give this pizza a grade of "F". It's a shame that Kraft (the maker of this pizza) cannot put a good-quality pepperoni on their pizzas. Rancid chicken grease is not appropriate for any pizza with even the vagues pretensions of being edible, and as long as the pepperoni has enough chicken fat in it to produce that rancid chicken grease flavor at the center, this pizza is disqualified from the edibility sweepstakes.
-- Badtux the Pizza-lovin' Penguin
Labels: bachelor's cookbook, food, pizza
Posted by: BadTux / 4/18/2007 10:15:00 PM
Have you ever made your own Pizza?
# posted by sumo : 19/4/07 2:05 AM
Thanks for the bit of escapism! Though I avoid processed foods, Evil Spock remembers the good ole college days of Totino's and Red Baron's. . .
# posted by Evil Spock : 19/4/07 6:28 AM
Yes indeed, Sumo, I've made my own pizza. But the best frozen pizzas nowdays are almost as good as my own pizza, so usually I don't bother. But my own pizza *is* going to be the last thing reviewed in this series (I only have two more pizzas left to review, and then I've exhausted the supply of pizzas available in my local grocery store).
Evil Spock, you ate Totino's? More than once? Man, you *ARE* evil!!!
- Badtux the Pizza Penguin
# posted by BadTux : 19/4/07 10:25 AM