Perfect as a quick snack or a meal, pizza is one of the most popular of all Italian takeaways. You can either make one from scratch using fresh ingredients or order one from your favorite pizza joint. The beauty of pizza is that you can eat it warm or cold, no reheating necessary! However, if you really want to lengthen its shelf life, it’s best to freeze pizza.
Freezing pizza is a straightforward process. The fact is, while pizzas can be left at room temperature in their original boxes, they will turn rancid within a few short days. That’s because the mixture of cheese and pizza sauce, as well as the moisture that the pie generates, will quickly turn your favorite snack into a cesspool of bacteria!
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To prep the pizza for freezing, slice the pie into smaller pieces so it doesn’t take much space in the freezer. If you have several pizza flavors to freeze, do not mix them together! You don’t want the flavors to bleed into the entire batch.
We recommend wrapping each pizza slice in wax paper to prevent frost formation then, simply stick the wrapped pizza slices in the freezer. While pizza can last in the freezer for an indefinite period, you should consume your stash within 2 to 3 months. Storing pizza for longer than 3 months will lead to flavor loss and weird dough texture.
There are two ways to defrost frozen pizza, you can thaw the product slowly or use a microwave. Let’s take a look at these methods below:
The best way to defrost frozen pizza is by transferring the cold slices to the fridge and leaving to thaw overnight. This process is slow but it ensures that the pizza will remain nice and chewy when reheated.
The other way to thaw frozen pizza is through a microwave. Just stick a slice in the microwave and using the defrost or lowest setting, reheat it. We don’t recommend this method just because microwaving too long will cause the dough to toughen.
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As for reheating, we recommend using an oven or an oven toaster to achieve a nice browned, crunchy slice! Just preheat the pie at 425 to 450 Fahrenheit, stick the pizza in and cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbly!
Stored pizza makes a great snack especially if you have kids at home. Now that you know how to properly store and reheat this beloved pie, you can store larger batches in the freezer and come out with great tasting result!