Homemade Frozen Pizza
And How to Freeze Pizza Dough.
Homemade frozen pizza is a quick healthy alternative to eating or ordering out. You control the amount of salt and fat and the quality of the ingredients.
Having frozen crust prepared ahead of time means you can get dinner to the table in less time than delivery can get to your door and you’ll be saving money.
Frozen pizzas can be prepared and frozen like a store bought pizza, fully cooked or as kits with crust, sauce, cheese and toppings or as par baked prepared crusts.
Par Bake Pizza Crust
I prefer par baking my crust because when I don’t sometimes the dough doesn’t cook through in the middle. By par baking the crust is firm enough that I can put it right on the oven racks and the crust is always cooked through in the center.
Freezing Pizza Dough
All of these pizza crusts should be cooled if necessary, wrapped in plastic wrap then covered in tin foil. I find this gives a tighter fit than a freezer bag for large bulky things like this. If your freezing more than one pizza crust make sure they have their own layer of plastic and wrap them in the same piece of tin foil.
Label with the stage they were frozen at and the date. For example “Par baked pizza dough, Sept 1 09” or “Assembled BBQ chicken pizza, Sept 1 09.” Don’t forget to your frozen pizza to your freezer inventory.
After Rising Cut the dough in half and shape into disks. Freeze the two disks for later. The disk shape keeps them flat and even for storage and will help them thaw faster than a ball form.
After Rolling Place a piece of waxed or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and flash freeze the dough until frozen solid an hour or two.
Par baked Bake the pizza crust for 3 minutes and remove from the oven, set on a wire rack to cool before freezing.
Pizza Kit Put your sauce in a small freezer bag, in a second bag add your shredded cheese and in a third bag put all of your freezable toppings.
Add a par baked crust and put in a large freezer bag together or wrap the crust in plastic wrap and wrap everything inside a large piece of tin foil.
This is great for getting kids involved in dinner makes and also guarantees that when you want pizza you’ll have all the ingredients.
Assembled Pizza If your par baking let the pizza crust cool for a few minutes before adding topping, if your not just add them to the crust after shaping. Make sure the topping are not hot.
Cooked Pizza There is really no benefit to fully cooking your pizza before freezing unless you want a meal in less than 2 minutes. If you try to reheat it in the oven you’ll have a burnt crust so just use the microwave.
I recommend letting the pizza cool then slicing it and freezing the individual slices. This way you have single serving sizes that your family can grab and eat on the run.
Thawing and Reheating Frozen Pizza Dough
After Rolling Let the dough thaw at room temperature, roll, top and bake at 500 F for 10-15 minutes.
Par Baked Crust Preheat oven to 400 F and top pizza as desired. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. Put the par baked pizza crust directly on the oven rack unless your using a pizza stone.
Assembled Pizza Preheat oven and bake at 400 F for a par baked pizza about 10-15 minutes until golden brown, no cookie sheet required. If the crust wasn’t par baked bake at 450 F on a cookie sheet or pizza stone until golden brown and bubbly about 15 minutes.
Cooked Pizza Let thaw in the fridge or heat from frozen in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds per slice at full power and adjust from there. I wouldn’t try to heat more than 3 slices at a time.
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