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  1. Walter Cervantes

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    Does anyone know the best way to freeze pizza?
     
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  3. tomc

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    This is what we do. "Best" can't say, but it seems to work for us.

    Wait for pizza to cool off, wrap in parchment paper, put pizza in a gallon size Ziploc bag.
    Fridge overnight with the bag "cracked" a little, and then into the freezer the next morning.

    Now, the real voodoo is the reheating of said frozen pizza! If I know we're going to have it for lunch, I will take it out of the freezer in the AM, and let it slowly come up to room temp on the counter. If dinner, then come to temp in the fridge. When ready to eat, zap it in the microwave enough to make it hot, not so much to make it soggy. For us and our microwave, ca. 30 s to 1 min. When it is close to desired temp, drop it onto a hot cast iron skillet/comal to crisp up the bottom of the crust. Couple of dashes of hot sauce/crushed red pepper, and you're good to go...T
     
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    Unless it's homemade I wouldn't bother. If it's homemade and you're freezing whole pizzas I would try vacuum sealing.
     
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  5. Cigarzman

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    Tom , I think I have perfected a way to reheat pizza using my gas grill. I light the grill let it get to 600-650 then throw the pizza on for about 1-1.5 min. It makes the bottom nice and crispy / crunchy. Who’d a thunk ?
    Best , Kirk
     
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  6. tomc

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    I agree, Kirk, that sounds great. We only have a little gasser, so 600+ F is out of the question for us.

    Is the pizza frozen, thawed or either?

    T
     
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  8. fedcoin

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    The best way to freeze pizza is to cut off all of their funding. Seize all of their offshore accounts.
     
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    I have a patent pending for a freezer bag developed specifically for leftover pizza, not only resists freezer burn of the toppings, also wicks excess moisture away from the crust. It's made of Alcantara.
     
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  10. Cigarzman

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    Tom , I’m talking day old , strait out of the fridge. Maybe I’m cooking it to hot ? Try it and post your results. Also do not attempt this if you’re wearing shorts with socks and loafers. Loose the socks and give it a go. Best , Kirk. :)
     
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  11. tomc

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    OK. Experiment has been done. Made pizza the other night. Had it for lunch today. Used the Cigarzman method. NOTE - pizza was fully defrosted.

    I have a little Weber Q gasser, so highest temps I can hit are 525 +/- 25 F.

    I heated up the gasser for 10 min, then gave it a wipe and a scrape to get the grates clean. Temp was what I posted above.

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    Pizza on. Cigarzman approved footwear.
    Full confession, I was wearing low cut socks. Please forgive me.

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    Crust before.

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    Crust after. Left on grate 3 min.

    Let it cool, covered, 5 min.

    OP...You have your answer, courtesy of the F-chat Test Kitchens...T
     
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  13. Cigarzman

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    Tom , I’m glad you had great results. Nice choice of coordinated shoes matching the plaid shorts. Well played.
     
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  14. FiveLiterEater96

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    We have a local pizzeria that makes the best 'thin crust' pizza, albeit pretty thick. Its cut into squares so I pull them apart, let them cool and put them in a one gallon freezer bag. To reheat, hold onto your shorts, I put it on the Pizzaz. Rock solid, full power for 18 minutes or so and I swear its better than fresh. Something magical happens after freezing and reheating on the Pizzaz.
     
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  15. David_S

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    I just GOTTA ask?

    Who "re-heats" pizza?

    Other than a fresh out of the oven pizza, there are few things as amazingly tasty as cold (or, maybe left to almost room temperature) leftover pizza, served with either "Coca Cola," or the beer of your choice.

    Only time I ever add "heat," IF I have leftover pizza (which, almost never happens), is when the crust gets soggy on the bottom. At that point? I heat up a skillet or pan, and just quickly crisp up the bottom.
     
  16. tomc

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    LOL. I do. I never got into cold pizza, even when I was in college!
    T
     
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    Cold Pizza and Coke is the breakfast of champions! I lived on this in college....
     
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    Tom I wanted to "like" your post as the pizza looks good, but with those crock/feet pic, I just couldn't :eek::D

    P.S. Thanks for wearing proper shoes and socks on our BBQ Tour ;)
     
  19. tomc

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    I respect your decision! I wore the gear as I needed to fully replicate Kirk's methods!

    May the 'rona leave us so that we can do another Q run some day! I think my cholesterol level has returned to normal from the last Q run...T
     
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    KNEW I wasn't the only one.

    Will say? I like "deep dish/pan" cold. Thin crust? I usually let it sit out a bit to get close to room temp before I scarf it down. NEITHER do I often bother to reheat, as it makes the crust soggy, and hurts the flavors.
     
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  22. tomc

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    Huh. Would have thought deep dish pizza would be soggy and such when cold.
    T
     

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