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Refreeze a fresh pizza?

Posted by dedtired (My Page) on
Sat, May 19, 12 at 19:45

I bought a pepperoni pizza as part of a library fund raiser. It's a bake-at-home pizza -- never been baked. I couldn't get there on time to pick it up so they froze it for me. I thawed it to bake tonight but when I opened the box I realized how enormous the thing is. Can I refreeze half of it or not?

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RE: Refreeze a fresh pizza?

I would cook the entire thing and freeze the cooked slices.
Won't be the best, but I would eat it.

RE: Refreeze a fresh pizza?

I would refreeze it right fact I have done just that thing....bought a "charity" pizza that was huge....defrosted and refroze half. The half I cooked right away was better than that I refroze......but better than trying to re heat a cooked one.....and keep the cheese from turning to leather.
Linda C

RE: Refreeze a fresh pizza?

It was getting late, so I just baked the rest of it, wrapped it up and refrigerated it. I bet a lot of it gets tossed. Too bad. Maybe I freeze some of the slices. Thanks for the suggestions.

RE: Refreeze a fresh pizza?

Something else to try: the "brown-n-serve" approach. Cook the half you want to freeze part way, then cool and freeze it. When you are ready to eat it, you just have to finish the cooking process. That seems to keep the cheese from becoming leather -- and the crust as well.

When we make pizzas, we make an extra that is only par-baked and then frozen for later -- for those nights we just don't want to cook. When we are ready to eat it, we heat the oven to 400 or 425, and then put in the frozen pizza for 6 - 8 minutes. Sometimes we add a bit of extra sauce to the top and/or extra cheese, but not necessary. If we have the pizza stone in the oven, it takes a longer pre-heat because it takes a while for the stone to come up to temp. But it does make for a better second-time-around crust.

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