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Jan 16, 2004 11:55 AM

Defrosting pizza dough

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I want to make calzone tonight but forgot to take my pizza dough out of the freezer. Will defrosting in the microwave affect the texture or taste? My microwave defrosts very slowly and rarely cooks things on the defrost cycle. Also are there other methods to defrost dough in a hurry? BTW froze the dough after the second rising.

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  1. It's got live yeast. I'd order takeout...

    1. Do you have a couple of hours? It might even take less just sitting on the counter. I HAVE put pizza dough in the microware at no more than 10%, with no problem. I do this to bring the temp. up after rising in the fridge overnight. I haven't tried from a frozen state, but do feel it thawed faster than I had expected, anyway.

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      1. re: Liz K

        I've done this with frozen dough. Microwave for 2-3 minutes at 10% power; let rest 5 minutes; repeat. DO NOT let the dough get warm. Let it finish defrosting on the counter. (Defrosting will go faster if you stored the dough as a disk, not a ball.) It will probably take about an hour, depending. If I were you I'd postpone pizza and do something else.

      2. Put it in a completely watertight ziploc bag, squeezing all the air out, and soak in warm water for an hour or so. Much better than microwave--won't damage the yeast.

        1. Thanks for the advice, I decided to order in. I worked hard on the dough and didn't want to risk it, however it does beg for future experimentation.