Although pizza will stay good in the refrigerator for a few days, the storage time on a pizza is greatly extended if you put it in the freezer. While pizza can be frozen, knowing how to freeze your pizza properly will help you preserve the pizza's flavor and texture so that when the pizza is reheated, it's worth having. There are two types of pizza you might want to freeze: pre-baked pizza leftovers or uneaten, homemade pizza. The freezing procedure for each pizza differs. Follow these tips to freeze each kind.
Pre-Baked Pizza Leftovers
- Cool to room temperature. Leave the pizza sitting on a wire rack until it's thoroughly cooled. When touched, the pizza should be approximately room temperature. Any heat remaining heat in the pizza will cause moisture to accumulate on the slice, which will make the pizza soggy when it's reheated.
- Wrap the food to protect from freezer burn. Wrap each piece of pizza in foil. It doesn't matter which side of the foil points in toward the food, unless you're using a non-stick foil, in which case the non-stick side should be facing inward toward the food.
- Put the pizza in a freezer-safe bag. Place the individual slices in a freezer-safe bag, date the bag with a permanent marker, and put the bag in the freezer.
To reheat, thaw the pizza by the slice in the refrigerator, and heat the slice of pizza in a frying pan with a small pat of butter or olive oil. Cover the frying pan while it reheats to help melt the cheese.
Homemade Uneaten Pizza
This procedure is a lot more like making your own frozen pizza, similar to what you might buy at the grocery store. To do this, you'll follow your favorite homemade pizza recipe. Make your pizza dough and par-bake it (which means bake it in the oven at the temperature the recipe calls for, but bake it for only enough time so that the crust is firm but not browned). Once the crust has cooled on a wire rack, assemble the ingredients on top of the crust. Wrap a cardboard round in tin foil, and transfer the pizza to the cardboard round.
Leave the uncooked pizza sitting in your freezer, uncovered, until it's completely frozen. Then wrap the pizza and cardboard round in foil and then in a layer of plastic wrap. Put the date the pizza was made on the plastic wrap, and put it back in the freezer.
To reheat, preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius, and put the pizza in the oven on a pizza baking tray. Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the pizza is browned on top and bottom, but not burned.
Following these instructions, pizza will keep in your freezer for a couple months. For more information about pizza, contact Wasim's Donair & Pizza or a similar company.