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How can I make (pre-made pizza) dough sticky again?

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I used some pre-made pizza dough bought from my local supermarket to prepare some pizza balls (basically pizza dumplings). A problem I encountered was that the dough was very non-sticky so that I couldn't easily close the balls. I tried to make the dough a bit more sticky with water but that led to the opposite effect of the dough being even less sticky. I also tried flour mixed with water and eggs which did help a little but not immensely.

In the end, I put the not-closable sides facing downards on the baking sheet so that the filling couldn't spill. It worked just fine but was obviously not how I intended it to be.

What is the best way to make a (pre-made pizaa) dough sticky again?

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How is your pizza dough packaged? This sounds like more of an issue with the dough losing its moisture and drying out. Sigma‭ 3 months ago

@Sigma It's sealed so that no air can come in or out, it's just ready-to-use dough from my local supermarket. The dough itself is rather "wet", however it doesn't stick at all. I think it has something to do with used chemicals to conserve it or to make it non-sticky. Zerotime‭ 3 months ago

Very weird! I have never had this issue and have no idea what would cause it or how you could remedy it beyond what you already tried. Sigma‭ 3 months ago

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Does the dough have a skin layer? When I buy pizza dough it comes in little balls, and the surface dries out faster than the interior so they sometimes develop a skin layer. It might be enough to cut a slit in the skin wherever you need the dough to stick, or you might need to mash the dough balls up and re-knead them.

You could also try to soak the dough in water; give the water some time to take effect. Vinegar might also help... I mean if you use acid to destroy the dough's gluten network on a microscopic scale maybe some of the protein chains will end up sticking out from the bulk, where they will be more receptive to new friends from other decimated dough blobs.

Or you could roll your own dough :) I have never once made a batch of dough myself and thought "wow I wish this would stick to my hands even more" it's actually quite the opposite.

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