Can You Eat Pizza Dough?


Last updated on September 26th, 2022 at 02:01 am

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You may have heard that you shouldn’t eat raw dough. But, when you are making a pizza, it can be tempting to take a piece of the dough and eat it while you are making it into a fluffy and flavorful pizza crust. 

But, can you eat pizza dough?

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You cannot eat pizza dough. Eating raw dough can make you sick if it contains bacteria. This bacteria can only be killed when it is cooked or baked. Plus, it definitely won’t taste good. 

Can You Eat Pizza Dough?

You should only eat pizza dough that has been baked into pizza crust.

Pizza is a favorite meal for many. It is easy to make and can be customized however you’d like. With its layers of sauce, cheese and meat and/or veggies all pizzas have a crust. 

The crust is the foundation of the pizza. It is made from pizza dough that is kneaded, risen, and rolled flat and into a circular pizza shape. Then it is topped with all of the other ingredients and baked for a delicious meal. 

Now, while you’re making a pizza, you may want to take a piece of the dough and pop it into your mouth, but you shouldn’t do this. Eating raw pizza dough can be bad for you. The flour used in making the dough could be contaminated with harmful bacteria and when you eat it, it could make you very sick. 

Pizza dough should always be baked before you eat it. Cooking or baking the dough kills any bacteria that it may contain. So, no, you cannot eat pizza dough and can only eat it after it’s been oven-baked into a golden brown pizza crust.

Is It Okay To Eat Raw Pizza Dough?

Dough is made by a combination of flour, water, yeast, salt, and sugar. This is the foundation for many bread-like foods. Dough can be made into breads, baked goodies, and even pizza crust. 

Is it okay to eat raw pizza dough?

It is not okay to eat raw pizza dough. Raw pizza dough could be contaminated by bacteria and make you very sick. You should always bake pizza dough before you eat it. Cooked pizza dough will also taste much better.

When you are baking in the kitchen, it can be tempting to take a bite of the dough as you prepare whatever food you are making. But, you shouldn’t eat raw dough. It is supposed to be cooked first in order to be safe to consume. 

So, let’s say you are making a pizza. You have mixed together the ingredients to make the dough and are kneading it. It can be tempting to grab a piece and throw it in your mouth, but this is not safe to do. Even when you are rolling the dough, or letting dough rise, or before you have baked it, you should avoid eating some. 

Uncooked pizza dough may contain harmful bacteria that can make you very sick. Flour is a raw food and it needs to be treated to kill any bacteria that may be in it. When grain is still in the fields, germs can contaminate it. This can also happen during other steps of the flour’s processing. 

Flour is bleached and ground but even this may not kill all the bacteria it may contain. The only way to kill bacteria in flour is to cook or bake it. So, you should never eat raw dough. And this means you should never eat raw pizza dough.

Can You Eat Pizza Dough That Didn’t Rise?

You can still eat pizza dough that has not risen yet, but you have to cook or bake it first. Raw pizza dough can make you very sick if you eat it. Pizza that hasn’t risen will lack flavor and texture but as long it is baked, it can be eaten.

Making a homemade pizza can be fun and also delicious. There are certain steps to follow when making a pizza. 

These are:

  1. Gather all of your ingredients. You will need the dough ingredients, sauce ingredients, toppings, etc.
  2. Gather all of your materials. You will need some mixing bowls, pan, rolling pin, etc.
  3. Make the dough. You will need flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar, and sometimes oil.
  4. Knead the dough. This turns the ingredients into a smooth dough.
  5. Proof the dough (let it rise). This usually takes about half an hour to an hour.
  6. Make the sauce. Combine the ingredients to make the sauce according to your recipe.
  7. Roll out the dough. Using a rolling pin, roll the risen dough out into a circular pizza shape.
  8. Top the pizza. Spread the sauce, then cheese, and any meat and/or veggie toppings you want on your pizza.
  9. Bake the pizza. Bake on 350 F to 400 F for about 15 to 20 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.
  10. Serve and enjoy the pizza!

Proofing the pizza dough can be the longest step in the pizza making process. This is also called letting the dough rise. It results in a flavorful and fluffy crust that tastes great when it is baked. 

Proofing the pizza dough usually takes about a half hour to an hour for the dough to rise, but this is worth it for a good pizza crust. Risen pizza dough will have a much better taste and texture than pizza dough that’s not risen. 

But, for one reason or another if the dough doesn’t rise or you don’t want to wait for it to rise, you can still continue with the following steps and make the pizza as you usually would. The result will be a less fluffy and airy crust and one that is more flat and crispy. 

It will also be lacking flavor, but as long as you bake the pizza dough into pizza crust it is safe to eat.

Final Thoughts

No, you cannot eat pizza dough. Raw pizza dough could be contaminated by harmful bacteria and make you very sick. 

This bacteria is killed by cooking the dough and you can only eat the pizza dough after it has been baked into a fluffy and golden pizza crust.

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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