How to freeze homemade pizza
Frozen homemade pizzas are obviously far superior to frozen store bought pizzas, and not all that hard to make yourself. I’ll show you how!
Well we’ve reached it, the end of my pregnancy. We’re hoping to welcome baby brother sometime this week— eek!
I’m excited and anxious, and in many ways so not ready. Last week I had one last burst of nesting and vowed to stock our cupboards, fridge and freezer with enough food to last us a long time. Because with two kids who knows when I’ll ever have time to cook again.
I’ve been making casseroles, portioning out cooked and shredded meat, bottling up soups and more. We depend on weekly pizza nights in our house so stashing a few homemade pizzas in the freezer is a must to.
Have you ever wanted to freeze homemade pizzas to enjoy later? It’s so easy! Here’s how you do it:
Prepare the crust
Homemade pizza starts with a homemade pizza crust. Feel free to use your favorite recipe, but if you’re looking for one this is my favorite go-to basic pizza crust. 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 F 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 2 months.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place frozen pizza(s) on a lined sheet pan or pizza stone and bake until crust is golden and cheese (if using) is melted, about 10 minutes. And then enjoy a quick and easy homemade meal!