How to Store and Reheat Pizza

Five Methods:Storing PizzaReheating Pizza in an OvenReheating Pizza in a Toaster OvenReheating Pizza in a SkilletReheating Pizza in a Microwave Oven

Storing and reheating pizza the wrong way can result in a soggy or dried out mess. There's no magic way to make the pizza taste fresh-baked again, but if you use the right storing and heating techniques you can produce a dish that is tasty and satisfying in its own right. Read on for information on how to store and reheat leftover pizza.

Method 1
Storing Pizza

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    Prep it for storing. Putting a box of pizza straight into the refrigerator will result in soggy pizza. The moisture from the tomato sauce, vegetables and meat will soak through the crust. The thinner the crust, the soggier it will get. Instead, spend a few minutes on storing your pizza the right way.
    • Line a plate or airtight container with paper towels.
    • Place the pizza on the paper towels, then cover the pizza with a few paper towels.
    • Cover the plate with plastic wrap. If you're using an airtight container, put the lid on.
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    Place the pizza in the refrigerator if you don't plan to eat it soon. Keeping pizza in the refrigerator will cool it down enough so that it won't spoil. It won't alter the texture of the pizza as much as freezing.
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    Store pizza in the freezer to keep it fresh up to two days. The longer pizza stays in the refrigerator, the soggier it will get. If you want to keep pizza more than two days, you should freeze it. Pack it in an airtight container, not on a plate, with plenty of paper towels. You can keep it in the freezer for a few months.
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    Prep it for reheating. Pizza shouldn't go straight from the refrigerator or freezer to the oven. To retain best possible texture, allow it to thaw, first.

Method 2
Reheating Pizza in an Oven

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    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). Allow the oven to completely preheat before placing the pizza inside. The final result will be worth the wait - especially if you're reheating an entire pizza. If you place the pizza in too soon, it could turn out soft in the wrong places. If you follow this method, the pizza will taste similar to the original.
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    Place the pizza on a baking sheet, then put it in the oven. If you have a baking stone, that's even better, since stones are constructed to evenly distribute the heat throughout your pizza. Also, to make the task of cleaning the baking sheet easier, put parchment paper on the baking sheet before placing the pizza on top of it.
    • If any of the toppings look unappetizing, remove these before reheating the pizza.
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    • Consider dressing the pizza up with fresh diced tomatoes, basil, mushrooms, and other fresh vegetables. You can drizzle olive oil or add fresh cheese.
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    Cook the pizza for 15 minutes. When the pizza is done, the cheese should be bubbly and crispy brown in spots. Remove it from the oven and enjoy.

Method 3
Reheating Pizza in a Toaster Oven

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    Preheat toaster oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). Make sure the toaster oven is fully preheated before you put the pizza inside, or the texture will suffer for it. This method should result in pizza that is crunchy on the bottom and bubbly on top.
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    Put the pizza slices in the oven. Toaster ovens are small, so this method is best for one or two slices of pizza.
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    Cook the pizza for 10 minutes. Peer inside the toaster oven window to check the cheese. If it looks bubbly and gooey, it is ready to eat.

Method 4
Reheating Pizza in a Skillet

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    Heat a cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. This method is splendid for thin crust pizzas that have gotten a little soggy.
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    Place the pizza slices in the skillet, then cover. Covering the pizza will melt the cheese and heat the toppings evenly while the crust is crisping on the bottom.
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    Cook the pizza until the cheese is bubbling. After about five minutes, check the pizza. If the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp, remove it from the skillet.
    • If the cheese is melted but the crust is soggy, remove the lid and cook it for a few more minutes.
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Method 5
Reheating Pizza in a Microwave Oven

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    Reheat in the microwave. The trick to minimize burning is to reheat the pizza for a short time. Don't reheat too long. Expect this method to produce a slightly soggy pizza. The pizza will be tasty, but its texture won't be splendid.
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    However, try this trick to make the pizza crispier than you'd expect with a microwave:
    • Place a cup or glass half filled with water beside the pizza slice, in the microwave. The water in the cup will prevent the microwaves from reaching deep inside the pizza slice, while letting the cheese melt and reheat the crust.
    • Reheat for 30 seconds.
    • In 30 seconds, your crispy, delicious pizza slice will be ready to eat!

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