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Microwaving leftover pizza

If one only has a microwave, no stove or oven, what is the best way to reheat pizza? Is there a trick to get the crust to stay crispy?

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  1. This link might help http://www.waveware.ie/products/crisp...

    Using a paper towel under the pizza makes it less soggy but not exactly crisp.

    1. My standard is a toaster oven (put pizza on foil, 1 toast cycle). In my dorm days, I used an iron (also do good grilled cheese). Back when I had a big monitor for my computer at work, I would through pizza on top just to bring toa warm room temp. Any of these are better than nuking pizza IMHO. Also - helps to start with veggie (or otherwise lean) pizza.

      1. Due to the way that microwaves work, it is basically impossible to reheat pizza (and many other things) and keep it crisp. I am a big believer in leftover pizza, and have even remarked, only half in jest, that pizza really needs to "cure" overnight to achieve its flavor peak. But it must be reheated in a conventional oven. Get a cheap toaster oven--you won't regret it.

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          1. re: johnb

            Absolutely totally what John said!!

          2. Thin pizza heats up nice crisp on a cast iron skillet. I guess if you had thick pizza you could heat it in the microwave and finish it off on the skillet. No way to get crisp in the microwave.

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            1. re: atheorist

              In my experience doing the same here at work, heat it just slightly to warm it up (25 or so seconds) and you can retain the crispiness for the most part...

            2. I am of the opinion that leftover pizza should be eaten cold. It is a completely different animal than fresh hot pizza and I have gained a great appreciation for cold pizza.

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              1. re: babaoriley7

                I heart cold pizza. Sometimes more than fresh.

              2. Without a stove or an oven, you should not consider the microwave if you want anything remotely crispy. Eat it cold. Maybe a few seconds in the microwave to remove the chill, at most.

                1. I have an old browning dish that goes in the microwave. You heat it up and then add the food and you do get a nice crisp. I have even made grilled cheese in it. Now I have a toaster oven and that's what I use.

                  1. If it was a choice between eating cold pizza and pizza reheated in a microwave, I'd choose cold everytime. I don't have though, because we've got a great toaster oven in the kitchen. Actually, though, I too like cold pizza on occasion.

                    1. I remember seeing some infomercial a long time ago about some foil-looking contraption that was supposed to crisp your foods. Celeste frozen pizza came with that foil thing so it would crisp up in the microwave.

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                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        Those 'foil looking contraptions' work to a certain extent, but they don't get the items near as crispy as conventional ways of cooking to acheive a crsipness. Lean Pocket products use them as well as Lean Cuisine Pizzas. But again, just barely an 'okay' crsip to the items IMO.

                      2. My mom always suggested to put it on a paper towel to absorb the extra moisture. It's been working for me since I was a kid :)

                        1. Buy an large electric skillet (the rectangular kind) - you can use that on your counter. They are inexpensive and worth having if you don't have a stove/oven.