How to Save Pizza Dough: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Save Pizza Dough: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Save Pizza Dough: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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

Store Pizza Dough Step 1

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

Store Pizza Dough Step 2

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

Store Pizza Dough Step 3

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.

Store Pizza Dough Step 4

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

Store Pizza Dough Step 5

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.
Store Pizza Dough Step 6

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.
Store Pizza Dough Step 7

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

Store Pizza Dough Step 8

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

Store Pizza Dough Step 9

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.

Store Pizza Dough Step 10

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.


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