Freezing pizza dough is a smart way to make a double or triple batch so you can freeze half of the dough for the next time you’re craving pizza but you have no time.
Pizza dough can be frozen in any quantity, whether it’s a full-size pizza or a smaller single pizza. You can store the dough in the freezer for 3-4 months and then thaw it overnight before using it.
Pizza is a popular dish all over the year. Adults and children love it, but it takes a long time to prepare it. Between preparing the dough and fermenting it, decorating pizza with different fillings, and then baking it’s a lengthy process! the solution to this problem is to save a quantity of pizza dough in the freezer, to make it easier for you to use it in time. What you want, especially if you are a working mother, learn with us in this article how to freeze pizza dough, as well as prepare it in easy steps.
How to Freeze Pizza Dough- 2 Ways to Freeze Pizza Dough:
Ziplock or Freezer Bag Method
Prepare the pizza dough the traditional way on a day when you have time to let it ferment for an hour to an hour and a half before baking it, then follow the easy steps for storing or freezing it
1. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls, enough to bake one pizza at a time, and brush each ball with a little olive oil or any vegetable oil you have.
2. Put each ball in separate ziplock bags, empty the air well, and store it in the freezer.
3. Roll each ball into a circle if you like, wrap it in a bag, then cling film, and keep it in the freezer, flat, to use immediately after thawing the dough.
4. Make sure to write the preparation date on the outside of the bags, to know the date of disposal of the dough, if the shelf life exceeds three months, during which you can keep the pizza dough in the freezer.
Freezing pizza dough in Tupperware containers:
1. Brush olive oil on the bottom and sides of Tupperware containers.
2. Place pizza dough into bowls, cover, and refrigerate for cold fermentation overnight (so there’s no need to move it later), then transfer containers to the freezer.
3. Write the preparation date on the container before freezing it.
How to defrost the freezing pizza dough before using it
If using zip-lock bags:
1. Remove the dough balls from the freezer and transfer them to a baking tray lined with flour or semolina flour.
2. Dust the tops with flour so that the plastic wrap does not stick to the dough, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (8-12 hours).
There is another way to thaw pizza dough:
1. Put the frozen dough in the refrigerator for 8 – 12 hours, then take it out of the refrigerator half an hour before use.
2. Put the frozen dough bags in a bowl filled with lukewarm water, make sure the bags are sealed so that the water doesn’t seep into the dough and spoil it, and make sure to change the water every half hour or so.
3. Place the frozen dough bags at room temperature for two to four hours before using them.
If using Tupperware containers: Place containers in the refrigerator overnight to defrost. Cold defrosting is the best way to defrost pizza dough.
How To Use the Defrosted Pizza Dough
Keep the dough at room temperature for an hour before baking, until it is set and softened. Shape the dough and add the topping whatever you like and bake it.
Pro tip: If you’re working with multiple dough pieces, keep the remaining pieces covered so they don’t dry out.
Can I refreeze my pizza dough?
After a day of experimentation, my findings concluded that the answer to this question is yes, pizza dough that has been on the counter or stashed in the refrigerator can be refrozen which was completely thawed.
How to Make Pizza Dough
If you are wondering, dear, how to make pizza dough as well, follow the steps of preparing it carefully, to get a perfect dough, and then keep the rest in the freezer.
- 6 cups (780 grams) all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ cups (625 milliliters) of warm water.
- ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar.
- ¼ cup (60 milliliters) of vegetable or olive oil.
- 3 teaspoons (15 grams) of instant yeast.
- 2 teaspoons (10 grams) salt.
How to prepare:
1. Put the flour and salt in a bowl, stir well, then set aside to prepare the yeast mixture.
2. Put the water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl, stir well, and leave in a warm place for a few minutes (three to nine minutes) until you have a frothy mixture.
3. Add the oil and stir well, then gradually add the flour mixture (half a cup at a time), and knead with your hands until you have a soft and cohesive dough.
4. Put the dough in a bowl greased with a little oil, then brush it on top with oil.
5. Cover the bowl with cling film, or a clean towel, and leave the bowl in a warm place for an hour until the dough has risen and doubled in size.
6. Put the dough on a flat surface sprinkled with a little flour, and shape it into a ball.
7. Cut the dough into three or four parts of approximately equal size.
8. Use one ball to make your favorite pizza, and keep the rest of the balls in the freezer to use at another time.
9. Preheat the oven at 230 – 245 ° C for 30 minutes.
10. Roll out the dough, decorate it with tomato sauce, grated cheese, and your favorite filling for you and your family, then put it in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until it turns golden and the cheese melts completely.
11. Put the pizza on a serving plate, and serve it hot to your family with ketchup and hot sauce.
FAQ About Freezing Pizza Dough and Reusing
What happens if you refreeze pizza dough?
Although the dough is still safe to eat, it will be much harder because the thawing and re-freezing process cause it to lose some of the moisture and elasticity that was carefully used in the dough when making it.
Does pizza dough rise after freezing?
Yes, it will rise again. The yeast is dormant when frozen but becomes active again and begins fermenting the flour to produce gas. Depending on how much yeast was used and how long it rose before the freezer, it will determine how high it rises after thawing
How do I revive frozen pizza dough?
Gently rub the top of the dough with oil or spray with cooking oil spray. Cover the bowl with wax paper and a clean cloth or tea towel. Place the bowl in a warm but not hot location such as an oven with the oven light on or above the radiator. Let the dough thaw and rise for 2 to 4 hours, until doubled in size.
Can you defrost pizza dough in the oven?
Set the oven to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or the lowest setting if your oven is gas. Then put the baking tray in the oven and let the dough thaw for an hour. After an hour, take out the baking tray, rub the dough, then touch it to check if it has melted. It should rise and feel soft.
We have presented to you, dear, the method of freezing pizza dough and storing it in the freezer, preparing it for your family, and enjoying with them its delicious and delicious taste, and remember that keeping the dough saves you a lot of time when you can do other activities.