Freezing pizza dough ahead of time allows you to have your pizza on the table in the time it takes the delivery guy to ring your doorbell. There are several methods you can use to prepare your pizza dough for freezing, and any of them will make your pizza making efforts as simple as ever.
Freezing uncooked pizza dough
After your crust has risen, cut it in half (if your recipe is a two-crust recipe), shape it into a disk, and wrap it in a layer of plastic wrap. Then, wrap the disks in a layer of aluminum foil. The foil helps seal in the freshness of the dough and keeps the freezer burn away. Label the outside of your pizza dough disks with the date, and stick them in the freezer. When you are ready to make your pizza, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature. Roll it out and top it with your favorite toppings. Bake it at the temperature your recipe provides.
Par Baked Crust
Another way to prepare your pizza dough is to par bake your crust. This simply means to pre-bake your crust for a few minutes so it will be ready to go. All you have to do is add your toppings and stick it in the oven. To par bake a crust, roll out your pizza dough, like you would if you were getting ready to top and bake it right then. Place your rolled out dough in the oven on a pan or pizza stone and bake at 500 degrees for three minutes. After three minutes, take the crust out of the oven and transfer it to a cooling rack. Once the crust has cooled completely, wrap it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, date the outside, and store it in the freezer. When you are ready to make your pizza, take your crust straight from the freezer and top it with your favorite toppings. There’s no need to let the crust thaw. Bake your pizza at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
This is about as easy as it gets. This is just like having a store-bought frozen pizza in your freezer, except that it isn’t store bought. All you do with this method is follow the instructions for par baking, but don’t put it in the freezer. Let your crust cool completely. Top your crust with your favorite sauce, toppings, etc. Place your pizza in the freezer for 20 minutes uncovered. This is called flash-freezing. After 20 minutes, wrap it in plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and date. Place your assembled pizza in the freezer. When you’re ready to cook it, bake it on 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is nice and golden. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
This method is best when you want to freeze single, pre-baked pizza slices as snacks or a quick supper. You simply bake your pizza, cut it into slices, wrap each slice individually in plastic and foil, and freeze. When you need a slice or two, simply take a couple slices out of the freezer and microwave it for a minute or until hot. Easy as can be!