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Pizza Dough Transporting and Storage

mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 07:38 AM

I will be serving 4 homemade pizzas at my daughters 2nd birthday party on Saturday. The party is at my parents house about 30 mins away.

I was hoping the make the dough today and bring it with me on Saturday AM, stick it back in the fridge and pull it out to have it ready in time for the party at 6PM.

Is there going to be an issue with it being unrefridgerated on the drive over and then re-refrigerating it? I'm using a quick no knead recipe with instant yeast. Should I just freeze it and start thawing it that morning? If so how do you recommend storing the frozen pizza dough? Should I thaw at room temp or in the fridge?

Bethany A.

  1. weezieduzzit Apr 26, 2012 07:43 AM

    I keep it in the fridge and take it out a few hours before I plan on using it. I think it tastes better when it does the slow overnight rise in the frige- but I'm not sure about 2 days.

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    1. re: weezieduzzit
      mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 07:45 AM

      I'm worried if there will be an issue with taking it out for the drive over there and re-refrigerating it though.

    2. todao Apr 26, 2012 07:43 AM

      Freeze it. It'll only take a couple of hours for it to thaw and be ready to cook when you get there.
      You can, in fact, cook it from its frozen state quite easily.

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      1. re: todao
        mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 07:44 AM

        That's what I'm thinking. Can I just thaw it at room temp? When should I take it out to be safe?

        1. re: mincinmama
          todao Apr 26, 2012 07:48 AM

          I would think that, unless there are uncooked ingredients (like raw meat, etc.) in the topping, allowing it to set out and come to room temperature before baking shouldn't be a problem.
          If you're concerned, keep the toppings separate and freeze the dough, then allow the dough to come to room temperature before you top it and pop it into that very hot oven.
          Bread dough commonly sits out at room temperature for long periods of time during its fermentation phases.

        2. re: todao
          mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 07:46 AM

          So freeze it in the shape I want it?

          1. re: mincinmama
            todao Apr 26, 2012 07:53 AM

            I would freeze the dough, thaw it when I reached the destination, shape it and top it. However, shaping it and freezing it would work too. It's just easier to transport a ball of dough than it is to find a method for managing a sheet or rolled out dough.

            1. re: todao
              mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 07:57 AM

              The dough calls for a slow rise in the fridge for 24 hours or up to 3 days. Should I just skip that step? Or do a slow rise in the fridge for a day THEN freeze it?

              Ha! Thanks for all your help.

              1. re: mincinmama
                weezieduzzit Apr 26, 2012 08:05 AM

                What about a slow rise (it really improves flavor, I wouldn't skip it,) and then a small ice chest or insulated lunch bag to keep it cool on the way?

                1. re: weezieduzzit
                  mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 08:08 AM

                  Good idea! I would really prefer to not freeze it if its possible. I've never frozen this recipe so I have no idea how it will affect the flavor.

        3. tommy Apr 26, 2012 08:03 AM

          Unless I'm not reading this correctly, you're worried that the dough will be out for 30 minutes? I don't think that will be an issue. In fact, depending on how much yeast is being used, it should be at room temperature for several hours before you cook it.

          I see absolutely no reason to introduce freezing into this equation.

          If you're that worried about the drive, put it in a cooler.

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          1. re: tommy
            mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 08:06 AM

            I'm heading over there at 11am-ish... party is it 6pm. You think it will be okay to take out the refrigerated dough at 11 and leave it out til around 5:45? My recipe calls for 1tsp of instant yeast for 2 crusts.

            1. re: mincinmama
              tommy Apr 26, 2012 08:15 AM

              When do you usually take it out of the refrigerator?

              When I make dough I make it 3 days in advance, slow rise in the fridge, and I'll take it out by 10 am for a 6 o'clock cook.

              1. re: tommy
                mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 08:23 AM

                I usually just take it of the fridge an hour or two before cooking. I know when I make certain breads I do a slow rise and leave it out all day. I just wasn't sure if it would work with pizza dough. Have a recipe you'd like to share? :)

                1. re: mincinmama
                  tommy Apr 26, 2012 08:24 AM

                  The 30 minutes shouldn't matter. The dough will barely come to room temp in that time. Good luck!

            2. re: tommy
              jenhen2 Apr 26, 2012 12:34 PM

              I agree with this - just make the dough, let it rise/rest in fridge until Saturday, drive it over, leave it on the counter and top and bake at 6pm. I've never heard of a yeast bread that couldn't rest on the counter for several hours without a problem. It will be fine. I think you may be overthinking this a bit.

              1. re: jenhen2
                mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 12:37 PM

                I am definitely over-thinking it :) I tend to do that though.

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              shallots Apr 26, 2012 11:55 AM

              Do you know what the room temp will be at your mother's? If it's a hot spring day, you might want to limit the rise on Saturday to two or at most three hours

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              1. re: shallots
                mincinmama Apr 26, 2012 12:02 PM

                Not sure. Looks like 70ish F outside that day so not too hot. I think I'll bring it over with an ice pack and take it out around 3

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                lennyk Apr 26, 2012 01:24 PM

                keep it in spray oiled plastic bags
                slow rise it for whatever number of days then you can freeze for however long you want and transport frozen and let thaw that time and then make the rounds.

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