Mar 9, 2011

Freeze Your Own Pizza Dough

At our house, pizza is a food served when I'm too tired to cook. But delivered pizza is pricey. Frozen pizzas are not the tastiest - and they are still more expensive than homemade. But when I'm in a I-don't-want-to-cook mood, the last thing I want to do is whip up my own pizza dough.

So recently I did some research and experimentation...and discovered several easy ways to freeze homemade pizza dough. Give it a try!

Method 1: Freeze the dough after punching it down and before rolling out. Cut the dough in half and shape into discs. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag. Thaw the dough by removing it from the freezer bag, but keeping it in the plastic wrap.

Method 2: Freeze the dough after rolling it out. Line a pizza pan or baking sheet with waxed paper, place the rolled out dough on it, and place it in the freezer. Once the dough is frozen (after 1 or 2 hours), wrap it in a double layer of heavy duty foil. Thaw in the foil.

Method 3: Freeze the crust after par baking it first. Place the rolled out dough on a pizza pan and place in a 500 degree F. preheated oven. Bake for 3 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, wrap in a double layer of heavy duty foil, and freeze. Thaw in the foil.

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