FAQs

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How can I get a crisper Mama Mary’s pizza crust?

The suggestion on our package is to broil until the desired appearance is achieved. You may also try baking at a temperature higher than 425ºF or bake for longer than 10 minutes. You could also try lowering the oven rack closer to the heating element. Every oven bakes a little differently, so experiment a bit with your oven to get the perfect crust you desire.

Are Mama Mary’s pizza crusts Kosher?

Yes, our crusts are Kosher, which is designated by a Kof-K on the package. The “Dairy” indicates that there are dairy products in the manufacturing facility, but not in the crusts.

What is the best way to keep crusts that I don’t use right away?

You should use the bag supplied in our 12″ crust package or any food grade large bag, seal it and place it in the refrigerator or freezer. Refrigerating the crust can cause it to harden slightly or stale a little over time, therefore we recommend freezing.

How long can we refrigerate or freeze the crusts?

As mentioned, freezing is the best way to keep the crusts in storage. You can refrigerate the crusts for up to two weeks. With freezing, the crusts will last up to one year. As a good practice, it is always best to use baked products relatively soon after storing them in order to maintain the highest flavor/eating quality. When the crusts are removed from the freezer, they should be allowed to thaw before adding toppings and baking.

What about food allergens?

All ingredients in the Mama Mary’s products are on the package label’s ingredient statement. Any food allergens are clearly noted on the package label. Our manufacturing facilities are peanut and nut free. Please refer to the ingredient labels on our products for full disclosure of the ingredients and any allergens found in that product.

Are the products good after the “Enjoy by” or “Sell by” date?

Yes, that date is conservative. Our products are still good (and safe) for a month after the date on the package. If the crusts or pancakes are close to or after the package date and you don’t plan on using them right away, place them in the freezer to extend the life of the product.

What gives Mama Mary’s crusts their distinct flavor?

We add yeast to our crusts, which are then proofed (fermented) over time. This process of dough development enhances the product quality and gives our crusts their unique flavor.

Which of our products are free of gluten?

Gluten free pizza crust are now available. Please look for them in your local grocer. If your store does not carry them, please ask your store manager to put them in your stores.

What is the source of l-cysteine?

The ingredient l-cysteine is used by many baked products manufacturers as a dough conditioner. It aids in relaxing the dough so that it can be formed, such as pressing it into a pizza crust shape. Our l-cysteine is not from animal sources. It is synthetically produced.

What is the source of the lactic acid starter culture in the Mama Mary’s pizza sauce and pepperoni?

The Lactic Acid from the Starter Culture is produced using dextrose, not lactose (milk sugar).

Do Mama Mary’s products contain any hydrogenated oils?

Partially hydrogenated oils have been commonly used in the baking industry to help make products moist and stay fresher longer. In many cases, these oils have been replaced by healthier alternates. You can rest assured that our products are free of hydrogenated oils and contain 0 grams of trans fats.

What are the holes in the crusts?

The holes are made by a roller fitted with docker pins. These docker holes help in the baking process to create a more even crust through the oven and minimize the creation of blisters (gas being released by the dough).

How long may I store an opened jar of pizza sauce?

After opening the jar of sauce, it can be safely kept in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Are the Mama Mary’s crusts fully baked?

The crusts are partially baked. They are only baked enough to stop the yeast development. This allows the crust to be more shelf stable and easier to handle. They are safe to eat in the partially baked state; however, once the crust is topped with your favorite ingredients and baked they are entirely cooked.