Homemade pizza is delicious and easy to prepare, but what about leftover dough? Fortunately, pizza dough, whether purchased ready-made or fresh, can be stored in the fridge or freezer. If you want to make pizza in a few days with a refrigerated dough or store it in the freezer for a few months, you can keep it fresh!
Method 1 of 2: Cooling the Dough
Step 1. Apply a non-stick kitchen spray to a plastic pot with an airtight seal
The dough must be well kneaded before being stored. Use a mold release spray to create a thin layer on the bottom and inside sides of the container so the dough doesn't stick.
You can shape the dough into balls before storing if you like, but this is not necessary
Step 2. Seal the dough in the pot and refrigerate for up to three days
Place the dough into the container and seal with a lid or plastic wrap. While it's in the fridge, the dough will slowly grow and taste. Use fresh dough within three days, or it won't taste as good.
The pizza dough will expand and grow the longer you leave it in the fridge
Step 3. Take the dough out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before using it
Remove the lid from the pot and let the dough heat up before baking. This leaves it at room temperature, which makes the dough easier to stretch and knead.
Step 4. Punch the dough when it is at room temperature
Make a fist with your hand and push the dough down to reduce its size. This helps to regain the ball shape and release the gas bubbles formed by the yeast.
Let the dough rest for another 15 minutes after that
Method 2 of 2: Freezing Pizza Dough
Step 1. Cover the dough balls with olive oil or release spray
Apply the spray lightly or spread a thin layer of oil with your hands. Spread your chosen product over the entire surface of the dough balls to prevent them from sticking to each other or to the pot.
- Making dough balls makes it easier to store so you don't have to defrost all the dough every time you want a pizza.
- Use an oiling brush if you don't want to get your hands dirty with oil.
- Substitute the cooking oil of your choice for olive oil if desired.
Step 2. Wrap each ball in parchment paper if you plan to keep them together
Use a small piece of parchment paper for each of the dough balls to keep them separate rather than sticking together.
- Use waxed paper if you don't have waxed paper.
- You do not need to roll the dough if you are going to store the balls in separate bags.
Step 3. Place the dough in a suitable freezer bag
Use airtight bags made to be used in the freezer. Take all the air out of the bag so it's more compact and easier to store.
You can also use a plastic pot with an airtight closure
Step 4. Store the dough in the freezer for up to three months
Keep the bag sealed until you are ready to use one of the dough balls. Take one of them every time you want to make a pizza.
After three months, the dough may burn in the cold, which will affect the taste
Step 5. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator for 12 hours before using it
Take the bag out of the freezer and put it in the fridge. Leave it there overnight, or for at least 12 hours, so that the dough becomes malleable before baking.
Step 6. Let the dough heat up for 30 minutes before rolling it out
Place the dough in a bowl on the kitchen counter to bring it to room temperature. This will make it easier to open and shape the dough.