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Whether you make your own pizza dough or buy it from the store, there may be times when you have leftover dough that you don’t plan to use right away. Fortunately, pizza dough freezes well, so you can keep it on hand for future use.
Freezing pizza dough is simple: just shape it into a ball, place it in a freezer-safe container, and pop it in the freezer. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your dough stays fresh and delicious. Read on for tips on how to freeze pizza dough, as well as how to thaw and bake it.
The Freezing Process
Freezing pizza dough is a great way to have fresh pizza dough on hand when you need it. You can make a large batch of dough, divide it into individual balls, and freeze it for future use. When you’re ready to use the dough, simply remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, it will be ready to use.
What You Will Need
-1 batch of homemade pizza dough (enough for 2-3 pizzas)
-2-3 large freezer bags
-1 rolling pin
-1 large cutting board or piece of parchment paper
1. Divide the dough into 2-3 pieces, depending on how many pizzas you want to make.
2. Working with one piece of dough at a time, shape it into a disc and then use a rolling pin to roll it out into a ½” thick circle. If the dough is sticky, dust it with a little flour.
3. Place the dough onto a cutting board or piece of parchment paper and then transfer it to a freezer bag. Label the bag with the date and type of pizza. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
4. Seal the bags and then place them in the freezer for up to 3 months
Freezing the Dough
Freezing pizza dough is a great way to have fresh pizza anytime you want. You can make the dough ahead of time, freeze it, and then just pull it out of the freezer when you’re ready to use it.
To freeze pizza dough, simply shape it into a ball and place it in a freezer-safe container. Then, when you’re ready to use it, just thaw it in the fridge overnight and let it come to room temperature before using.
Baking the Pizza
Homemade pizza dough can be very delicious, but it can be tricky to work with. If you’re short on time, you might be tempted to just buy dough from the store. However, you can actually freeze your own dough to make things easier. Let’s talk about how to do it.
Prepping the Dough
Whether you’re making dough from scratch or using store-bought, it needs to be properly prepped before baking. If you’re using store-bought, follow the package directions. If you’re making dough from scratch, here’s what you need to do:
1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until the yeast is evenly distributed.
2. Add the wet ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.
3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes to form a smooth, elastic ball.
4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
Once the dough is doubled in size, it’s ready to be used. You can either use it immediately or freeze it for later use.
Baking the Pizza
You can bake your pizza on a baking sheet on a pizza pan, or directly on the oven rack If you are baking it on a baking sheet or pizza pan, you can preheat the pan in the oven to get it nice and hot. This will help the crust to stay crispy. If you are baking the pizza directly on the oven rack, you don’t need to preheat the pan.
Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. If you like, you can turn on the broiler for the last minute or two of cooking to give the top of the pizza a nice char. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
You can freeze pizza dough, but there are a few things you should know first. freezing pizza dough will change the texture and affect the taste, so it’s important to knead in some extra flour and let it rise again before using it. You should also be aware that once thawed, pizza dough will only keep for a day or two before it starts to go bad. With that said, freezing pizza dough is still a great way to have it on hand for when the craving hits!