How to Make Pizza for Freezing

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Homemade frozen pizzas can provide a delicious meal after a busy work day. They can also provide the best nutritional content because you control the ingredients. Assemble the pizzas when you have free time and freeze them for later use. When time is short and you need a quick meal, bake a frozen pizza. Dinner's ready within half an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Store-bought pizza dough
  • Pizza pan
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Wax paper
  • Ladle
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Toppings
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Freezer pen
  • Pizza stone (optional)
  • Let the pizza dough sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. This makes it easier to stretch. Spray a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the dough in the pan. Stretch the dough into a circle. If you prefer a thick crust, make a small circle. If you like a paper-thin crust, stretch it to the preferred thickness.

  • Pre-bake the crust. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pizza crust for five minutes. Pre-baking the crust ensures the entire pizza cooks thoroughly later. Remove it from the oven and cool completely.

  • Spread a layer of pizza sauce over the dough using a ladle. Keep your layer of sauce thin. Usually, two ladles of sauce on a 12- to 16-inch pizza is plenty. Too much sauce creates a soggy pizza crust. If you prefer a no-sauce pizza, skip this step.

  • Add any toppings that appeal to you. If you add meats, cook them first to reduce the amount of grease released when the pizza bakes. Blanch fresh vegetables in boiling water to keep them from turning to mush when baked. Blanching inhibits enzymes in produce that cause items to lose color and texture when frozen.

  • Sprinkle an even layer of shredded cheese over the sauce and toppings. If you enjoy a blend of cheeses, feel free to try different varieties. For an extra-cheesy pizza, consider layering slices of cheese and shredded cheese.

  • Do not cook the pizza. Wrap the entire pizza in wax paper. Cover the wax paper with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Seal edges tightly to prevent freezer burn. Write the day's date on the outer packaging.

  • Place the wrapped pizza on a pizza pan. Place it in the freezer. Once the pizza has frozen, you can remove the pan. The pan keeps the pizza from bending or breaking while it is still pliable. Frozen pizza keeps for two months.

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees when ready to eat. Frozen pizzas need to bake at high temperatures. If you have a pizza stone, place that in the oven at the same time so that it heats up. Move the frozen pizza into the oven when it is up to temperature. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute your favorite homemade pizza dough for store-bought dough.

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