Here’s How to Never Burn the Roof of Your Mouth While Eating Pizza
We’ve all been there: You finally get that glorious slice of pie you just waited 45 minutes for. It’s piping hot, but you’re too hungry to care about your personal safety. You bite down, and almost immediately, you experience a searing pain that radiates through your entire skull. The roof of your mouth is in ragged remains of what it was mere seconds earlier. The tingling lasts as you finish chewing the cause of all your pain, but you can’t blame that slice of pizza — it was your own fault.
Many people suffer from so-called “pizza palate” daily, leaving the roofs of their mouths singed and pitiful. To prevent this most unfortunate eating injury, we have devised several tips for preventing injury so you won’t have to resort to eating cold pizza.Very few people have the patience to wait for their pizza slice to cool down. Instead, try dabbing away the excess grease. Oil retains heat, so, in theory, if you removed some oil, the pizza burn shouldn’t be as bad.
If you don’t want to sacrifice even a drop of grease for the sake of your mouth, try taking small, quick bites. Seems obvious? Not to everyone. Some people even slide the cheese off to quickly cool their pizza. It’s like taking the lid off a pot. Just slide the cheese off, watch the steam escape, and then slide it back on for a quick pizza slice cool-down method. Finally, the most popular method may be the pizza fold. This technique, beloved by New Yorkers, simply prevents the direct contact of cheese and palate. It prevents burns and minimizes wait time.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.