Making Zero Waste Pizza and Calzones!

One question that I frequently get from friends when I tell them we are plastic free is “so, what are you eating?” And honestly, we haven’t changes very drastically what we are eating. We always ate healthy, but in convenient plastic packaging.

We made salads everyday for lunch, still ate very little carbohydrates and tried to have fish once per week. Not we haven’t been eating so much fish, but we start maintain our other habits. But every once in a while, we love to have pizzas to give ourselves a treat.

We found that we were augmenting our supermarket pizzas with our own ingredients to make them more special and delicious. Before we even decided to eliminate plastic from our lives we started to make our own dough from scratch and make it really homemade.

So I wanted to share with you our favorite dough recipe and how we make it without creating waste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg whole wheat flour
  • 560 ml cold water
  • 25 grams salt
  • 25 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 14 grams yeast (fresh)

Preparation (3 medium pizzas):

Save a bit of flour for rolling out your dough.

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Dissolve the fresh yeast in the cold water.

Combine all of the ingredients and knead into dough by hand.

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Knead the dough until it is no longer sticking to your fingers. Add a bit more flour if the dough it too sticky. Roll your dough into a big ball. We’ll make smaller balls later.

Leave the dough covered for 35 – 45 minutes.

Chop and prepare your toppings while you wait for the dough to be ready.

Rolling out your dough

Once the dough has set, you’re ready to finish preparing your zero waste pizza.

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Sprinkle a bit of flour on the cutting board and place your first dough ball in the center. And being shaping it by hand.

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Then, roll evenly into the shape you want. Use a wooden rolling pin and wooden surface or cutting board for best result. We have this one from Ikea that fit right on to our countertop.

Topping you zero waste pizza

We like to combine fresh tomatoes and olive oil instead of putting any processed tomato sauces. Sometimes we blend it some time we just keep the whole tomatoes. It depends on your preference.

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Mozzarella is particularly difficult to find without packaging, so we usually opt for other kinds of cheese and it’s just as delicious (if not more!).

Use fresh vegetables, nuts, and cured meats bought without packaging. This would require 2-3 different stores for us, but we usually make pizzas with whatever we already have at home.

Baking your zero waste pizza

We recently invested in two different pizza pans Pyrex Round Pizza Pan and a Lekue Rectangular Pizza Mat.

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Depending on your objective and the amount of pizza you want to make you can choose to get something specific like us pizza lovers. Or you can always just use your existing cookie sheet and a silicone baking mat, but skip the foil.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 170° or until the dough is completely cooked in the center.

What to do with extra dough

If you want to use the dough at another occasion You can freeze any unused dough for up to 1 month in a freezer safe container. If not you can also turn them into a calzone or dessert pizza.

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Fill the center of your calzone with tomato sauce learning about 2cm around the edge to close the calzone. Put you topping on one side of the calzone, creating a half moon.

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Close the side with no toppings over the other and press to seal.

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Punctuate the closure with your fingers to create a firmer seal (and a nice look!).

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You’re ready to put it in the over for 20-25 minutes at 170° or until the dough is completely cooked.

Zero waste pizzas & calzones

And finally we can eat!

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Do you have your own pizza recipe? Share it with me in the comments.

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