Pizza is delicious any time of the day or night, and cold pizza is perfectly fine every once in a while, but reheating leftover pizza can leave you with a soggy, rubbery, or dried out mess. Whether you made the pizza yourself or ordered a late-night delivery, by storing the pizza properly and taking the time to reheat it with care, you can enjoy a slice that’s nearly as good as it was when it was fresh!
EditStoring the Pizza
- Line a plate or an airtight container with paper towels. If you take a little time when you’re putting the pizza away, you’ll end up with fresher-tasting leftovers, and the texture will be much more similar to the way it was originally. Start by putting a layer of paper towels on the bottom of a plate or a container that’s big enough to hold 1 or 2 slices of your pizza.
- While it can be tempting to throw the whole box of pizza straight into the refrigerator, it can make your pizza soggy. The moisture from the tomato sauce, veggies, and meat will soak into the crust, making it hard to get the perfect texture no matter how you reheat the pizza.
- You can also use foil, parchment paper, or wax paper if that’s what you have on hand.
- If you know in advance you’re planning to freeze the pizza, it’s better to use an airtight container, rather than a plate.
- Stack the pizza on the plate with more paper towels between each layer. Place your pizza in a single layer on top of the plate, then add another layer of paper towels. If you have more pizza than you can fit in a single layer, continue alternating pizza and paper towels until you’ve stacked all of the slices.
- If you need to, divide the pizza onto more than 1 plate or container.
- Cover the plate in plastic wrap or put the lid on the container. Once you’ve stacked everything together, wrap plastic film around the entire plate or container. This will help keep the pizza fresh by sealing out as much air as possible.
- If you’re using a container with an airtight lid, you can just close the container, instead.
- Place the pizza in the fridge if you plan to eat it within 3-5 days. Keeping the pizza in the refrigerator will keep it from spoiling for up to 5 days, and it won’t alter the texture of the pizza as much as freezing will. However, it won’t last there indefinitely, so you should only keep the pizza in the fridge if you plan to eat or freeze it within a few days.
- If you haven’t eaten the pizza by the 3rd day, throw it out or freeze it.
- Store your pizza in the freezer to keep it fresh for up to 6 months. Freezing pizza will preserve it for about 6 months, so it’s a great option if you have a lot of extra pizza on hand and you know you won’t eat it within a few days.
- If you stored your pizza on a plate to start with, transfer it to an airtight container instead. However, do keep the paper towels between the slices.
- Defrost your pizza for about an hour on the counter before you re-heat it for the best results.
EditReheating Leftover Pizza
- Heat the pizza in the oven to get a crispy crust. Preheat your oven to for 5-10 minutes, allowing it to come all the way up to temperature. When it’s ready, place your pizza on a baking sheet, then place it in the oven for about 5 minutes. Whether you’re heating up a whole pizza or just a slice, the oven is a great way to get a crispy crust with bubbly cheese that’s similar to your original pizza.
- If you have a pizza stone, place the pizza on that. It will distribute the heat evenly, resulting in an even crispier crust.
- For easy cleanup, line your baking sheet with parchment paper before you place the pizza on it.
- Use your toaster oven for a quick way to heat up 1-2 slices. Preheat your toaster oven to , then place the pizza inside. Leave it for about 10 minutes, or until the top looks bubbly and toasty.
- Since toaster ovens are small, this technique is best if you’re only heating up enough pizza for 1 person.
- Try heating your pizza in a skillet for the best texture. Heat a cast iron skillet or a frying pan over medium heat. Once it’s hot, place 1 or 2 slices of pizza into the skillet and cover it with a lid. Let the pizza heat for 6-8 minutes without removing the lid. When it’s ready, you’ll have a nice, bubbly top, warm toppings, and a beautifully crispy crust.
- Covering the pan allows the toppings to heat evenly while the crust is crisping on the bottom. If your skillet doesn’t have a lid, cover it with foil, instead.
- After 6-8 minutes, if your crust is still soggy but the toppings are warm, take the lid off of the skillet and let it continue to heat for a few more minutes.
- Reheat the pizza in the microwave for the fastest approach. Microwaving a pizza will change the texture, making the crust chewy and tough, so it’s not the preferred method of pizza connoisseurs. However, if you’re in a hurry, sometimes it’s the only way to go. To get the best possible texture out of the microwave, put a paper towel between the plate and the pizza, turn your microwave to 50% power, and nuke your pizza for about 1 minute.
- Consider dressing the pizza up with fresh diced tomatoes, basil, mushrooms, and other fresh vegetables before you reheat it. You can also drizzle it with olive oil or add fresh cheese.
- Don’t put a pizza box in the oven. Not only will it make your pizza taste like cardboard, but it can be a fire hazard. In addition, heating the cardboard and dye could release harmful chemicals into your food and your home.
- Make Pizza
- Eat Pizza
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- Make Pizza Dough
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