I want my food to rot

When I used the phrase food like substance to describe Domino’s pizza in my last post, I got a bit of pushback.
How dare I say that Domino’s wasn’t food.

It was made with a real crust, real cheese, tomatoes, wasn’t it?

If that isn’t real food what is?
Looking closer at the list of ingredients tells a very different story.
Looks at this list of ingredients, and guess what ultimate product they create:

Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin
Folic Acid), Water, Malt, Sugar, Whey, Malted Barley Flour, Yeast, Soybean Oil.
Zzesty Blend: Butter Flavored Oil (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Soy
Lecithin, Artificial And Natural Butter Flavoring, Vitamin A Palmitate And BetaCarotene for Color), Imitation Parmesan Cheese (Water, Modified Food Starch,
Casein And Or Caseinate, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cellulose
Powder, Salt, Sodium Phosphates, Stabilizers [Mono And Diglycerides, Guar
Gum, Carrageenan], Natural Flavor, Lactic Acid, Sorbic Acid [As A Preservative]), Onion And Garlic, Spices, Salt, Lactic Acid, Butter Flavor, Tomato
Powder, Bell Pepper. Dextrose, Citric Acid, Extractive Of Paprika And Lemon
And Orange Oil With No Greater Than 2% Calcium Silicate And/Or Soybean Oil
Added to Prevent Caking.

Ok, so maybe the flour gives it away, but would you put Zzesty blend in your homemade pizza crust?
What in the world is Zzesty blend anyway? Buttery flavored oil, imitation Parmesan cheese and a bunch of flavorings.
got to admit, I don’t use any butter in my pizza dough, and a quick check of Google doesn’t bring up any recipes with butter in their crust.

Did you notice that this crust has 3 sources of sugar in the first 5 ingredients?
Check out this great post concerning the fractionating of sugars into separate ingredients just so the finished product looks healthier.

Andrew calls this kind of fractionating, “health washing”. I call it deceptive.

How about this list?
Tomatoes, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Carrot Puree, Onions, Celery
Puree, Romano and Parmesan Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Sugar,
Salt, Garlic, Butter, Spices, Chicken Base (Chicken including Natural Chicken
Juices, Salt, Chicken Fat, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Dried
Whey, Natural Flavoring, Yeast Extract, Turmeric for Color), Olive Oil, Citric
Acid, and Xanthan Gum.

This one is a bit more complicated to guess.

It is their Hearty Tomato Sauce.
Leaving aside the idea that a typical tomato sauce is pretty basic, can you count the possible reactive foods in this? Cheese and whey are both dairy forms, chicken base makes this inappropriate to vegetarians, hydrolyzed corn add yet another complexity and unless you tell me sources for the spices, natural flavoring, and yeast extract, I wouldn’t trust this to be gluten-free.

Two sources of sugar again, in a sauce that really shouldn’t need it since it starts from tomato paste.

Their Cheese Ingredients :
Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cultures, Salt, Enzymes),
Modified Food Starch, Cellulose (Added To Prevent Caking), Nonfat Milk,
Whey Protein Concentrate, Flavors, Sodium Propionate (Added as a

Why the need to boost the protein content with whey concentrate? couldn’t they just use milk?

This is why, given a choice, I cook.

At home.

With organic ingredients.

And it is also why, I’ve never eaten a Domino’s pizza.

Do you think this pizza would actually grow moldy?


  1. says

    This reminds me of something my grandmother told me when I was a young girl. She was 72 when I was born so she had a bit of experience. I BEGGED for one of those store bought snack cakes and she refused — every time I asked. I got the same answer in her broken English (she spoke mostly French)

    “It don’t rot” and then babbled on in French.

    I’ve never forgotten it.