When you buy or make pizza but cannot be able to eat it right away or finish the whole it, you do not need to throw it away. You can store it for later. Since eating cold leftovers is not good your stomach, you need to reheat the pizza before you eat it. When reheating the pizza, you should do it correctly to avoid ending up with a soggy or dried up mess. There is no guarantee that the pizza you will reheat will taste fresh-baked, but if you use the right heating techniques you can end up a dish that will satisfy your taste buds.
Five Ways to Reheat Pizza At Home
You can reheat your pizza leftovers in an oven, a convection toaster oven, in a skillet, in a microwave oven, or on a grill. Read on for a break down on how each method works.
1. Using an Oven to Reheat Pizza
If you have an oven, reheating pizza should not be a problem at all. The following is how it is done.
- First, you will need to heat up the pizza using a pizza stone. This will absorb excess oil and moisture to produce a crisp crust. Once you have done that, put the pizza stone on the oven rack at the center bottom and then turn it to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius. Before putting the pizza inside the oven, allow it to heat completely. The wait may be a bit long (typically 30 minutes or more), but the final result will be definitely worth it especially if you are heating up leftovers of the entire pizza. Placing the pizza in the microwave too soon can cause it to be soft in the wrong places.
- While the oven is still on, transfer the slices of pizza to the heated pizza stone. Make sure that you exercise a lot of care while doing this to avoid burning your hands. Allow the slices to heat up for about 6 to 10 minutes. Do not remove them until the cheese on the top is melted and bubbly. If you do this, the end result that you will get will have a taste that is very close to that of freshly baked pizza.
- The next thing you will need to do is warm up the pizza on a baking sheet in the oven. The baking sheet should be lined with parchment paper if you want to have a crisp and non-soggy crust. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees for about ten to fifteen minutes and then put the pan inside it. The slices of pizza should be set directly on the parchment paper that is covered by the baking sheet. Allow them to stay in the oven for about 5 to 8 minutes. Make sure that the oven remains on throughout the time that the pizza is being warmed up.
- In this step, you will need to substitute the baking sheet with a sheet of aluminum foil if you do not prefer using a pan. The oven should be preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius. After that, put the pizza in and allow it to bake for about 10 minutes. The oven should remain on until you have completely heated the pizza.
2. Using a Convection Toaster Oven to Reheat Pizza
If you have the toaster oven in your home, you can use it to reheat your pizza leftovers. The following is how it is done.
- First, you need to make sure that your toaster oven is pre-heated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius before putting the pizza inside. If you do not do that, the texture of the pizza will suffer for it. If you have a whole pizza to reheat, you will need to cut it into slices because toaster ovens are so small and can accommodate only about two slices of pizza at once.
- After making sure that the pizza slices are small enough, put them in the toaster oven. Allow it to cook for about ten minutes. While it is cooking, peep inside the oven window to check the cheese. You will know that it is ready to eat it if looks bubbly.
3. Using a Skillet to Reheat Pizza
Reheating pizza in a skillet is also possible. If done right, you will have tasty leftovers that will leave you wanting more.
- The first thing you will need to do is put the slices of pizza in a skillet and then cover it to melt the cheese and make sure that the toppings are heated evenly.
- Allow the pizza to cook until the cheese is bubbly. Check it after about 5 minutes to see if the crust is crisp and the cheese is melted. In case the cheese is melted but the crust looks soggy, you should remove the lid and allow the pizza to cook for a few more minutes.
4. Using a Microwave Oven to Reheat Pizza
The fourth way that you can use to get tasty pizza leftovers is reheating them in a microwave. The following is what you will need to do.
- Put the pizza in a microwave-safe plate and then put it in the microwave. Before putting the pizza on the plate, add a paper towel to soak up the extra moisture and prevent the crust from being too soggy.
- After doing that, you will need to put in the microwave a glass or cup that is half-filled with water beside the pizza. The water in the glass or cup will make sure that the microwaves do not reach deep inside the pizza while making sure the crust is heated and cheese melted.
- Reheat the pizza for only 30 seconds. The end result will be a crispy and delicious slice of pizza that you will enjoy eating.
5. Using a Grill to Reheat Pizza
- It is possible to reheat pizza on a grill. The following is how to do it.
- You will need to set the grill to medium-high and allow it to warm up for a few minutes.
- After that, you will simply need to throw the pizza right on the grate. You will not need to add oil or anything else.
- Allow the pizza to cook for 5 minutes or so. Be sure to lift the pizza to confirm that the crust looks good before pulling of the grate.
As you can see, you can warm pizza right from the comfort of your home. If you have all the appliances mentioned above in your home, you will simply need to choose the one that looks most suitable to you. There are so people who may not have a problem eating cold pizza leftovers. But if you prefer your pizza hot and crispy with cheese melting on top, you will find these methods to be very helpful.