How to Reheat Pizza Without Getting It Soggy or Dry
When it comes to pizza, almost everything is permitted. There are many people who enjoy eating leftover pizza straight from the fridge, while others prefer their pizza hot. If this is your case, you have probably felt disappointed after realizing that yesterday's slice of pizza doesn't taste as good as it once did.
In this oneHOWTO article, we show you how to reheat pizza without making it soggy or dry. Utilizing the right reheating technique allows you to enjoy yesterday's pizza almost as if it had just been made.
How to reheat pizza in the oven
If your goal is to ensure that your toppings don't go dry and that your crust doesn't get chewy, then the oven is your most trusted ally. The oven is probably the most used and effective way for reheating pizza, but it also takes the longest. Still, in order to obtain the desired results, you will need to do more than just putting the pizza in the oven and heating it. Follow these simple steps to reheat your pizza in the oven without sacrificing its juiciness:
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- Place the pizza on a piece of foil and put it directly on the rack, not the tray. This will secure even heating on the top and bottom.
- Place the baking tray under the rack and add some water, 2 cups (0.47 l) is more than enough. As a result, the pizza will heat up without burning while retaining the juiciness of its ingredients (mozzarella, ham, mushrooms, pepperoni, etc.). Make sure the pizza does not touch the water.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese starts melting. If you'd like your pizza to be crispier, leave in the oven for another 5 minutes.
If you are the kind of person that enjoys making their own pizzas, then keep reading this article to know how to make pizza bases last longer.
How to reheat pizza in the microwave
Due to its speed and convenience, the microwave is one of the first options that comes to mind if you want to reheat a pizza. However, if not done properly, the result can be disastrous. If you set your microwave on too much power, the cheese will release too much fat. As a result, the dough will be very hot, but it will have an unpleasant texture. To reheat leftover pizza in the microwave without making the dough chewy, follow these steps:
- Keep in mind that storing the pizza properly will facilitate the whole process. Wrap the pizza in an aluminum foil to keep it as fresh as possible. Remove the wrapper before putting it in the microwave.
- Place a glass of water inside the microwave. Make sure the glass is microwave safe. This simple trick will help keep the ingredients moist and the base to stay crispy while the pizza heats up. The water will absorb some microwaves and, a result, the pizza will heat slower and more evenly.
- Set the microwave on minimum power (you can even use the defrost function) and keep your pizza inside for less than 2 minutes.
How to reheat pizza in the Air fryer
Air fryers are also a great alternative for reheating pizza, especially if it is only one or two slices. Some of the advantages of using an air fryer instead of an oven for reheating pizza include: it doesn't take long, it doesn't waste so much energy, the results are equally good. Some air fryers even include a specific tray for reheating pizza.
The air will heat up the dough, the cheese, and the rest of the ingredients evenly. In case you are reheating a pizza with a thicker crust, you can take out the ingredients momentarily and heat the pizza for 3-4 minutes. After that, you can put back the ingredients and for continue heating everything together for 3 more minutes.
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How to reheat pizza in a skillet
You don't need to own an oven, a microwave or any other fancy kitchen appliance to reheat a pizza. You can still obtain amazing results by simply using a skillet. Follow these simple steps to enjoy these glorious leftovers:
- First, you'll need to use a non-stick skillet. Do not use any oil nor butter on the skillet.
- Then, place the slice of pizza on the skillet and leave there for a couple of minutes on medium-low.
- When you start to notice that the bottom is crisp, add two tablespoons of water to the pan, not the pizza. Pour them near the edge of the pan to ensure that the water does not touch the pizza.
- Put a lid on the pan and continue heating the pizza for about one minute.
How to reheat pizza in a toaster
Of all the alternatives we have covered so far, this might be the most unorthodox one. There are many people who choose to reheat their leftover pizza by placing it directly in the toaster. We don't necessarily support this idea because the cheese can melt and get caught up inside the toaster. It might even be dangerous.
It is much better to use a toaster that has a warming rack on top, so you don't risk permanently damaging the toaster, or even worse, the pizza. Place the slice of pizza on the rack on top of the toaster and leave there for about four minutes until the base of the pizza starts to get crispy. Some heat will reach the ingredients on top but don't expect the cheese to be very hot.
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