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Dec 27, 2012 01:13 PM

Freezing pizza and bread dough

I want to make batches of pizza dough (and maybe bread dough too) that I will just defrost when I need to use it. I've not done this with uncooked dough before, so is there anything I should know?

Should I let it rise before or after freezing, or both?

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  1. Mr. Vuitton makes and freezes pizza dough frequently. He freezes it after it rises. Just wrap it well in plastic wrap. To use, we simply take it out of the freezer a few hours in advance, let it thaw and then roll it out on the pizza stone, add and toppings and bake the pizza

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    1. re: CocoaChanel

      Ditto what Cocoa said, except since plastic wrap for some reason annoys me to no end, I portion the dough balls/disks into freezer bags that are misted on the inside with olive oil.

      I also mark the weight of each portion with a Sharpie on the bag, since we generally make individual pizzas, and my husband likes his slightly bigger and thicker.

      1. re: Mestralle

        I was going to post the same thing- oil a freezer bag as that plastic wrap can be a bear at times. I don't mark the weight but I do mark the date. I often have multiple bags of dough in the fridge and try to use the oldest first.

        1. re: Mestralle

          Freezer paper works great bec the dough doesn't seem to stick like it does with plastic wrap. Also adds a layer of protection from moisture and odors. Then you can put it in freezer bags.

      2. Here’s a link that may help. I seldom freeze dough because I’ve had mixed results. I usually bake and freeze the finished product. Good luck.

        1. Pizza dough seems pretty good to freeze raw then bake when needed. Bread looks like it might take some experimentation.

          1. For Pizza dough, I strongly recommend Peter Reinhart's book American Pie. I've made four of his pizza dough's many times and frozen them and had no problems (and no failures).

            I also freeze the dough in oiled zip lock bags; when I take it out of the freezer, I transfer it (before it starts to thaw) to a Glad plastic box (with cover ) and let it thaw and expand there (it's easier to get out of a fixed wall than a soft wall).

            We drilled four holes in a piece of wood and stuck ten inch dowels in each. I use that to dry out my zip lock bags before I store them for the next use.