Making pizza dough at home is so easy that you will kiss goodbye to delivery pies once you master the simple art.
How about if you have leftovers and you want to freeze some of that dough? Is this possible and how can you go about it? We’ll be answering these questions and more in today’s guide to freezing pizza dough like a pro.
- I. Is it Possible to Freeze Pizza Dough?
- II. Making Pizza Dough for Freezing
- III. How Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?
- IV. How Long Does Frozen Pizza Dough Last?
- V. How to Use Frozen Pizza Dough The Easy Way
- VI. How Long Does Thawing Frozen Pizza Dough Take?
- VII. How To Thaw Pizza Dough Quickly
- VIII. Conclusion
I. Is it Possible to Freeze Pizza Dough?
Pizza dough is one form of yeast dough that responds favorably to freezing.
So, it’s perfectly possible to freeze excess pizza dough, and you can also thaw it quickly and easily when you fancy some homemade pie.
Before anything else, you’ll need to rustle up some pizza dough. There are many recipes available, but to save you from flicking away and finding one, here’s how you can do it quickly and easily, even if you’re a complete beginner.
II. Making Pizza Dough for Freezing
Making some pizza dough for freezing couldn’t be easier.
What You Need
- Quick-rise yeast (4 ½ teaspoons)
- Water heated to no more than 115F (2 cups)
- Sugar (2 teaspoons)
- Bread flour (5 cups)
- Olive oil (1/4 cup)
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
What to Do
- Using the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes. You should see the liquid foaming and bubbling. This movement shows you the yeast is alive
- Add the olive oil, salt, and bread flour. Stir until roughly combined using a wooden spoon or a dedicated dough hook.
- Attach the bowl and he dough hook to your stand mixer. Knead on a medium-low speed until smooth. This should take about 10 minutes
- Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap
- Allow the mixture to rise for 30 minutes. The dough should double in size during this period
- Put the dough onto a surface that’s lightly dusted with flour. Divide the dough into four pieces. Shape each piece into a dough ball
You’re now ready to roll and bake your dough if you want some pizza right now.
How about if you want some up your sleeve for later?
III. How Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?
Once your pizza dough rises and you form it into balls as outlined above, it will have started building up some flavor as the yeast ferments.
When you’re looking to freeze the dough, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Always ensure you start with a good pizza dough. You won’t get great results from frozen dough if you’re using subpar ingredients, so don’t stint yourself on the dough
- Make sure you allow your dough first to rest and then to ferment as one single piece. The flavor and character of the dough are formed during the fermentation stage. You’ll need an hour or two at room temperature or 24 hours in the refrigerator to achieve this
- When you divide your fermented dough into medium-tight balls, you should yank the edges into the center so the face of the dough is smooth. Place the balls face-up on the kitchen counter. Roll the balls around with your hand so some tension builds on the surface of the dough. Cover the balls using a box or a sheet pan
- You can now move these dough balls into the freezer to allow them to firm up. Place the whole sheet pan into the freezer. Alternatively, you can remove the balls from the tray and place them inside a freezer bag. You should not do this until the dough balls are firm or they might stick to the pan when you try removing them. In order to avoid freezer burn, you should ensure the dough is airtight by wrapping the individual balls in some plastic wrap before bagging them up
IV. How Long Does Frozen Pizza Dough Last?
Assuming you’ve made your dough and set some aside for freezing, you can expect it to last for up to two months when frozen.
As with any frozen food, the quicker you use the dough, the better it will be.
Although the dough is good for a couple of months when frozen, the flavor starts to deteriorate after a month or so in the freezer.
V. How to Use Frozen Pizza Dough The Easy Way
How about when it’s time to use your frozen pizza dough, then?
The first thing you should do is remove your dough from the freezer and leave it for around 12 hours in the refrigerator.
Remove the dough from the fridge and let it come up to room temperature. This should take an hour or so.
You’re now perfectly positioned to allow your pizza dough to go through the first rise, or you could form it into a pizza crust.
It’s time to press ahead with your favorite pizza recipe now!
VI. How Long Does Thawing Frozen Pizza Dough Take?
You can partially thaw your pizza dough by refrigerating it overnight. Once you remove it from the fridge, it will need an hour or two to warm up. If you skip this stage, you might struggle to stretch the dough properly.
VII. How To Thaw Pizza Dough Quickly
If you’re pressed for time, you can speed things up slightly when you’re thawing your pizza dough.
Get a bowl of warm water, but make sure it’s not too hot. Submerge your unwrapped balls of pizza dough for 15 minutes.
Remove the balls and continuing thawing them as above. By taking this initial step, you’ll expedite the thawing process and cut the overall thawing time required in half.
We hope today’s guide to freezing pizza dough has shown you how straightforward it to keep fresh dough handy.
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