Kitchen Corner
September 1, 2020

How to freeze homemade pizza

I have two children going to school and it is very hectic for me on mornings to get lunch together for all of us, because the children eat different things. One thing we can all agree on is pizza. But sometimes I simply don’t have the time to knead up the dough, let it raise, then assemble and bake. Now with the new restrictions regarding school lunch time, I decided to start freezing mini pizzas, so I can give a quick bake and avoid the hassle in the morning.

Here is how you do it so you don’t get soggy pizza.

It all starts with a homemade pizza crust. Feel free to use your favourite recipe. Prepare the crust according to the recipe instructions.

Par-Bake crust and add toppings.

The main trick you need to know for freezing homemade pizza is to par-bake the crust. All this means is that you partially bake the crust by itself before covering it with toppings and freezing. This ensures a crisp, non-soggy pizza when you’re ready to enjoy it.

Bake at 450 degrees for 4-5 minutes, just until the dough is puffed and surface appears dry. Let the crust cool to room temperature, then cover with toppings of your choice.

Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.

To avoid freezer burn, double wrap the prepared pizzas. You can do two layers of plastic wrap or one layer of plastic wrap and one layer of foil. Lay pizzas flat in the freezer and store for up to two months.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place frozen pizza(s) on a lined sheet pan and bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, about 10 minutes, and enjoy.

I hope this helps a few parents out there or persons who generally have a busy schedule.