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Oct 28, 2006 07:10 PM

Fresh pizza dough--can it be frozen?

Can pizza dough be frozen? I have enough for three or four pizzas and want to freeze half of the dough.

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  1. I freeze individual portions, very well wrapped in saran (so that every bit of the surface is touching the wrap), and it works just fine. The only (small) thing I've noticed is that the defrosted dough is a little damp/wetter than when it went into the freezer.

    1. Yes! It's great to freeze! I find it easier to work with when it's a little frozen, too.

      1. Some would shudder at that, as the crytalization of the ice would mess up the gluten, blah blah blah. It's true, BUT, I've done it before, and it turns out good. I think it's cause the final kneeding/rise comes after freezing.

        1. Nicole, you can absolutely freeze pizza dough. If you do two rises, do it b/w the first and second rise. If you do one rise, do it after you make it. Shape it into a disk, zap it with little oil, saran wrap it and then put it into a ziplock. Deep freeze is better than your regular freezer b/c it can be frozen longer and won't tend to form as much ice on it. When you thaw it, take it out the night before and put it (still wrapped) into the fridge. A few hours before use, unwrap and oil it, put it in a big bowl and cover it as you would to proof. Use when it has risen. I am sure they say 3 months storage, but I have gone 6 months without ill effect. Also, you can oil up the dough portions, stuff them in a ziplock and store in the fridge for up to five days. Warm as I said above. You can make flat bread with them.

          1. Yes, all your major chains buy pizza dough frozen, like CPK.

            They also defrost and proof it. I can't comment on how long they dough can be stored.