What you can learn from Mama DeLuca’s pizza box

By JOHN E. BIALAS

I took a close look at the Mama DeLuca’s pizza box at home on Saturday, 2-29-20, after my first trip to the very good Subway of Pizzas, which is inside the new Subway on Creosote Road in Gulfport, and I noticed that the box included microwave reheating instructions.

“Place in microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese is bubbly. Tip: Place a cup filled half with water next to the pizza slice.”

In all my years of eating pizza in the microwave era, I’ve never known about the water tip and I may never try it, but I did a little research to find out WTH it’s all about.

The top result in my Google search came from a 2015 Handyman Magazine video on YouTube.

The No. 2 result in my Google search was an in-depth 2018 Science Notes article, and what I learned from both the video and the story is that the water tip keeps the crust from getting tough or soggy.

Holy pepperoni!

I paid $11.77 for a large pepperoni pizza with double cheese, and there’s my picture of it in all its glory in our kitchen.

My first slice went into our microwave and it was, in one Roald Dahl word, scrumdiddlyumptious, even though the crust was soft. Of course, I went without the water trick because I don’t understand the science of it.

Or maybe the crust got lost because of the generous portions of mozzarella. It was more than double cheese. It was triple double, quadruple double or quintuple double, and it made for a thoroughly enjoyable eating experience.

Mama, I love you.

I bet all the cheese on my pizza was worth more than $11.77.

My second slice went into our oven at 350 degrees and the slice was crispy. The oven at 350 is how you reheat pizza.

If you’ve tried the water tip, please let me know if it was a success or a failure.

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