You know this feeling: it’s 9 pm, and you’re starving. You open the freezer and spot a pizza you bought last week. You may think that reheating frozen pizza is a lost cause, but I’m here to tell you that you can still save your frozen pizza. There are a few different ways to reheat frozen pizza, and each method has pros and cons. So, how to reheat frozen pizza?
You can reheat your frozen pizza in several ways, including using your oven, stovetop, or microwave. The last option is perfect if you’re in a hurry because it will only take 2-3 minutes, while reheating it in the oven might take up to 15 minutes.
So, you’ve got some leftover frozen pizza. What’s the best way to reheat it so that it tastes as fresh as possible? In this article, I’ll walk you through the most popular methods for reheating frozen pizza, so whether your pizza is store-bought or homemade, read on to find out how to reheat it and get the best results.
How to Reheat Frozen Store-Bought Pizza?
The best way to reheat frozen store-bought pizza is to preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), remove any plastic wrapping from the pizza, and then place the pizza on a baking sheet. You can also put the pizza directly onto the middle rack of your preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Once your pizza has finished heating in the oven, take it out and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. This prevents you from burning your mouth on hot cheese!
It’s important to note that if you allow your frozen pizza to thaw completely before reheating in the oven, you won’t need to heat it for as long. The timing will depend on your particular oven and type of pizza, but I usually find that 7-10 minutes is enough time for a thawed-out frozen pizza.
How to Reheat Frozen Homemade Pizza?
There are a couple of ways you can reheat frozen homemade pizza. You can either pop it in the oven, place it on the stovetop, or microwave it.
The process for the oven is the same as that for the frozen store-bought pizza. Just preheat it to 375°F (190°C) before placing the pizza in and baking for about 15-20 minutes. If you’re reheating a large pizza, you may need to bake it for up to 25 minutes. Just make sure to keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t overcook.
If you’re in a rush and want to reheat some frozen pizza, your best bets are crispy, thin-crust varieties. If you want to reheat a frozen pizza in the microwave, I would recommend placing it on a microwavable plate and heating it for 2-4 minutes or until it’s hot and bubbly. Again, make sure to keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t cook too long and become rubbery.
If you don’t have an oven or a microwave, clearing the clutter and using the stovetop is also a great way of reheating pizza. All you need is a non-stick pan and some cooking oil for this method.
Start by putting the frozen pizza in the pan and adding just enough oil to coat it lightly. Put the stove on low to medium heat and cover your pan with a lid. This will help trap the moisture from the frozen pizza so that it doesn’t dry out. After 10 minutes, take off the lid and give it a mix every few minutes until your pizza is nice and hot.
And there you have it – juicy, delicious frozen pizzas ready to dig into!
Can You Freeze Store-Bought Pizza Leftovers?
You can absolutely freeze store-bought pizza because any type of pizza generally freezes very well! Just place the leftover pizza in an airtight container or bag, and freeze it for up to 3-6 months, while, if you decide to put it in the fridge, it will last only up to 5 days.
First, you will need to let it cool completely and then separate it into individual slices. Wrap every piece in plastic wrap, and stack the slices on top of each other into a container and in the freezer. This way, the pizza won’t dry out and will taste as good as the day you bought it.
Tips for Perfectly Reheated Frozen Pizza
There are many ways to reheat frozen pizza, but not all of them will yield perfect results.
For starters, never put a frozen pizza in the oven cold. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees before placing the pizza in, and if you’re using a microwave, follow the directions on the package.
If you’re reheating a store-bought frozen pizza, try using the oven or stovetop instead of the microwave. Ovens tend to give a better crust result, while microwaves can make the cheese and toppings a little too hot and bubbly.
If you’re reheating a homemade frozen pizza, you can either use the oven or microwave. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Generally speaking, store-bought pizzas take less time to reheat since they’re already cooked. If you’re reheating a frozen homemade pizza, make sure to use a high temperature and a longer cooking time so your crust can get crispy again.
Finally, not all ovens have specific settings for this purpose, but most do since this is something that’s done often. You can also lower the overall temperature by 10-15 degrees when reheating food, regardless of what type of oven you have.