Pizza is a great delicacy all over the world. This tasty dish originated in Naples in Italy and has become a standard not only in America but also in many cities around the globe.
When made to combine all the food groups, pizza can also be an incredibly healthy choice of food. The most common types of pizza include;
- Thin-crust Pizza,
- Rectangular jumbo pizza,
- Pizza with a traditional crust,
- Calzone (Pizza that is folded in half, like a turnover)
- Focaccia (Pizza made on a bread base).
There are many delightful and different toppings that you can use on your pizza, depending on your taste and preferences.
Pizza is a very convenient food as you can easily order from any restaurant or pizza outlet. Many stores also sell frozen pizza packs which can be easily reheated and served.
You may also choose to make your pizza at home, using widely available recipes and online tutorials. Learning how to heat pizza is an essential skill that can save you time and money.
Maintaining the crispiness of the pizza crust, its fresh taste and having the cheese melted are all essential considerations to make when determining how to reheat your pizza.
Poorly reheated pizza may become soggy, rubbery with cardboard-texture crust while well more heated pizza is crisp, fresh-tasting and with well-melted cheese.
How to Reheat Pizza in a microwave.
To properly reheat pizza on a microwave, you would need to have a plate and a mug filled with water. Reheating pizza using a microwave is one of the best options if you would like to save time. It is also an excellent choice for frozen pizza packs.
- You would need to take a ceramic plate and cover it with a microwave-safe parchment paper. The paper helps absorb moisture from the pizza to ensure it remains crunchy and crispy.
- Place the pizza slices on top of the plate.
- Fill-up a mug with two-thirds full of water.
- Place the filled mug in a microwave and put the ceramic plate with pizza on top, in such a position that the dish is sitting on the mug.
- Set the microwave for one minute until your pizza is as hot as you prefer.
- Serve and enjoy.
The idea behind the mug is that it absorbs extra energy away from the pizza, meaning that the pizza takes a long time to warm up therefore nor get squishy.
The other alternative would entail using a microwave-safe plate, such as glass or ceramic.
- Place a paper towel on top of it. Then put a slice of the cold pizza on top of the paper towel.
- Place a wax paper on top of the pizza.
- Power down the microwave to 50%, or use the defrost button.
- Set the microwave to 30-45 minutes. Your pizza would be ready to eat!
The secret for this alternative is to use wax paper, which prevents over-cooking of the pizza.
Using the microwave is very convenient; however, many people complain that reheating food in a microwave leaves them with chewy, rubbery, and tough pizza. So, how you choose to reheat pizza in the microwave matters.
There are various microwave products set expressly for reheating pizza. Check them in online and retail outlets.
How to Reheat pizza in the oven.
Using the oven is also a viable method of reheating the pizza. It’s a perfect method if you have enough time to spare and would also prefer a crispy and crunchy crust.
In this method,
- Line a baking tray using aluminum foil then preheat the oven to 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put the baking pan in the oven even as it pre-heats. As soon as the oven is ready, take out the baking pan (while it’s still hot) then place the pizza slices on it.
- Place back the baking tray into the oven and let it bake for ten or fewer minutes, depending on your preference.
- Pull out the baking pan and serve the pizza slices on a plate.
Using an oven with a pizza stone may also add some char onto your crust, much to your delight. The only challenge with this method is that the cheese may ooze onto the rack and subsequently the bottom of the oven.
Others also complain that the taste of the pizza does not remain the same as well. Having a well-heated pizza means monitoring the temperature of the oven.
Usually, when the cheese starts bubbling, the pizza is ready
How to Reheat Pizza in a skillet.
Alternatively, you can use a skillet pan to reheat pizza. It would entail setting the burner to medium-low heat and placing a skillet on it.
Once the skillet becomes hot, place your slices of pizza on it and let it cook for 2 minutes. Turn the burner to low heat, pour a spoonful of water on it.
Cover the skillet with a lid and continue cooking for a few minutes.
The other alternative would be to place the hot slices of pizza on the pan, cover the pan with a lid and allow to cook on low heat for 5 -7 minutes.
The secret in this method is to cover the pan, allowing juices in the pizza to be retained.
Avoid using a non-stick pan to reheat pizza, because extremely high temperatures could damage the pan’s coating.
How to Reheat Pizza on a grill.
Using a barbeque to heat your pizza is another alternative in heating pizza. It entails heating a grill, then placing pizza directly on it, closing the barbeque lid and cooking it for a few minutes.
For this, the trick would be to ensure a ‘low and slow’ heating. Make sure to use very low heat, and if possible, indirect heat.
The challenge with this method is that you may have some cleaning work to do after, which is cumbersome if you are heating a slice of pizza.
The best way to Reheat a Pizza.
The best method depends on the quantity of pizza you would like to heat. If you would like to heat more substantial amounts of pizza, the oven is the best.
Heat a foil-lined cooking sheet, and arrange the slices on the foil and bake for 9 to 10 minutes.
It is easier for bulk quantities of pizza and saves more time. However, if you would like to heat a few pizza slices, the skillet or the pan is the best.
It is the most excellent way of retaining ultimate pizza freshness, flavor, and texture, primarily when used in low- medium heat and covered with a lid.
Can you reheat pizza in its box?
No. it is dangerous both health-wise and in the sense that it is a fire hazard. Heating pizza in its box may impart toxins into the pizza, which may lead to diseases or other infections.
It is also unhygienic as the box contains germs and other bacteria due to frequent human contact. Moreover, the box itself is made of cardboard and may catch fire when heated.
It is dangerous, especially where children are involved.
It is not safe to reheat pizza in its box.
How do you reheat pizza without drying it out?
While reheated pizza is pale in comparison to a freshly baked pizza, reheating the pizza correctly can ensure that much of the flavor and nutrients are maintained.
One of the best ways to reheat pizza without drying it out is: place the cold slices on a baking sheet and cover the sheets lightly with aluminum foil. Then place this on the lowest rack of an oven. Set the temperature of the oven to 275 degrees and let the pizza warm for 20 minutes. Tried and tested, this approach leaves the interior of the crust soft, toppings hot and crisp and the cheese well melted.
A different alternative would be to spritz the top of the pizza slightly with some mister bottle before reheating it. It may help to re-crisp it.
Can you heat leftover pizza?
No. it is not healthy nor advisable. Food hygiene is essential to prevent infections and maintain good health.
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), many perishable food items including pizza are not safe to eat if they remain unrefrigerated after sitting for more than two hours.
Consuming pizza that has been exposed out to room temperature for more than the specified time increases your chances of contracting a foodborne disease, such as food poisoning.
Generally, refrigerated pizza can stay for up to 4 days if the toppings are veggies and up to 2 days if the toppings are made of meat products.
Frozen pizza can stay for a more extended period, a month or two, but it may not taste as good, even after being reheated.
Moreover, bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli can double up in the food that has not been refrigerated for more than a few hours.