Pizza delivery (from places like Pickleman's) is a true blessing—especially when leftovers are properly stored and reheated. Knowing how to keep your leftover pizza in good condition can help you enjoy tasty reheated slices later on. Improperly stored or reheated pizza can be soggy or dried out, depending on the circumstances. The following tips will help you store and re-cook your pizza leftovers.
Let the Pizza Cool Before Placing it in Storage
Putting pizza into the refrigerator while it's warm can cause it to develop condensation inside the storage container. When this happens, the crust or cheese will become soggy. To prevent this from happening, allow the pizza to cool to room temperature before putting it in the refrigerator or freezer.
Toss the Box
Storing your pizza in the box can cause the crust or cheese to dry out, and can also fill your refrigerator with funky smells. Once the pizza has completely cooled, store the slices in plastic or glass containers, or gallon-sized baggies. The most space efficient way to store your pizza is by stacking the slices. If you choose to do this, separate the slices with wax paper to prevent the cheese and sauce from sticking together.
Practice Smart Reheating
When it's time to reheat your leftover pizza, one of the worst things you can do is to put your slices in the microwave. Microwaves heat unevenly and make the crust soggy. There are many smart ways to reheat pizza and maintain crispy crust. For example:
- Reheat in a toaster oven. Toaster ovens can reheat pizza slices just as well as larger ovens, but they take far less time to preheat. Put the pizza in the toaster oven on a medium heat and remove the slices when the cheese along the edge has begun to bubble.
- Use the skillet method. Put a skillet on the stove. Turn on the heat to low and place the slices of pizza directly on the skillet. Do not use cooking oil. Place a lid on the skillet and check the slices frequently. The slices will be ready to eat when the cheese in the middle is hot and the cheese along the edge of each slice has begun to sizzle.
Leftover pizza can be just as delicious as the fresh delivery pizza that arrives at your doorstep. Next time you order pizza online and have leftovers, following these tips will enable you to enjoy your slices right up to the delicious end.