How do I freeze an already cooked pizza?
- free sample addict aka Tracy L Feb 15, 2011 06:51 PM
Went to a really great pizza place tonight and there was a snafu with my 1/2 and 1/2 pizza. Long story short, I have an extra pie. The problem is it has anchovies on it and no one I know likes anchovies on their pizza. Even though I love anchovies, I am not sure I can eat the whole pie over of couple of days. Can I freeze it? If I can how do I do it? I tried to share it with the hungry couple who was asking me about it, but they declined. Any other ways of repurposing it?
Cut it into serving size pieces, wrap it TIGHTLY in a freezer proof plastic wrap (not that refrigerator left overs cover variety) or in a plastic freezer bag (not a sandwich grade bag) and expel as much air as possible. You can freeze it with confidence, but don't reheat it in the microwave. Reheat it in the oven (or under the broiler) after thawing it.
The importance of the type of plastic wrapper you use cannot be over emphasized. Low grade plastic leaks air (seems unbelievable doesn't it?) and your pizza will dry out if you use the wrong type of wrapping.
If ice crystals are forming on your frozen food inside the wrapper your freezer wrap is leaking air and moisture.
I wrap each slice tightly in foil and stack them into a ziploc. I thaw them in the microwave and then stick them in the oven on 350 for 5ish minutes to crisp up a little. If you don't feel like turning the oven on, a cast iron pan works pretty well, also (and often gives you the bonus of burned cheese).
I think pizza is actually better after being frozen/refrigerated and then reheated. Just seal it tightly in an airtight container when freezing. To thaw, microwave until just warm or put in the fridge for a day, then toast in a toaster oven till cheese is back to being soft and the crust is crisp. Mmmm.