That small packet of aluminum foil sitting in your freezer is alluring. Inside are several slices of frozen pizza, remnants of last week's poker game or your child's birthday party. Reheating frozen pizza and biting into a piece that evokes memories of when it was fresh is possible.
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Don't be in a rush and don't head for the microwave oven that leaves the crust soggy and chewy. The process may take a half hour, but your reward will come when you open the foil covering the slices, and that unmistakable pizza aroma accosts your senses.
Storing Leftover Pizza
Toss the box! Using the original pizza box to store your leftover pizza is guaranteed to leave you with dehydrated pieces of dough, and don't place the slices on a paper plate either, as the paper absorbs moisture. Instead, use parchment or wax paper and aluminum foil. If you have several pieces, lay the foil flat and start stacking the slices. Place parchment or wax paper between each slice and stack until all the slices are on top of each other.
Lay another piece of foil on top of the stack, tuck in the edges, tap the top of the stack to remove any extra air and wrap the slices tightly. You don't want any air to get into your package. Place it flat in the freezer away from the direct flow of air. You'll have freezer pizza for up to two months if you store it properly.
How to Reheat Frozen Pizza
It's late, and you've binged through all the episodes of your favorite television show when the urge for a slice of pizza hits. You remember that you have frozen pizza in the freezer, and within seconds, you find yourself standing in front of the freezer, digging them out. Remove however many slices you want from the package, return what's left to the freezer and get ready to reheat your frozen pizza.
The low and slow method is to use a baking tray with low edges. Place the slices on the tray and cover tightly with foil. Put the baking tray onto the lowest rack in a cold oven and set the temperature to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. In 25 to 30 minutes, your pizza will be as fresh as it was when it was delivered, with gooey cheese and a crisp crust.
Alternative Pizza-Warming Solutions
If you just want to warm one slice of frozen pizza, consider using the stove top method. Place the slice in a nonstick or cast iron skillet with the crust on the bottom, cover it and set the temperature to low whether you're using a gas or electric range. Just be sure the temperature is really low. You may have to listen at first to determine if you've achieved the right setting.
Wait for about eight minutes. If this is your first time reheating pizza on the stove top, check it after five minutes. If it's not done yet, quickly return the lid and wait the additional three minutes. By then, your kitchen should be full of tempting pizza aroma.
Do not use a convection oven, microwave oven or any method that speeds up the process. You want it to be low and slow, like it was when it came out of the original pizza oven.