Just like the dogs, we can say that pizza has been our true and the oldest man’s best friend. It is crispy, cheesy, meaty — it’s a winning combination for every human being, so aren’t we thankful for those Italians for blessing us with many ideas and combinations for the most perfect rounded cheesy meal ever since the late 19-th century. Margarita, capricciosa, fungi, quattro formaggi, pepperoni and many more others to choose from. The toppings that we put on top are the differences that define our tastes, but it is unanimous- we all love it! The advantages that we have nowadays are that we can reheat our food at any time of the day. And luckily we have many ways to do it. From reheating with the most easiest way-by using a microwave, and also warming pizza in the oven to doing something eccentric- reheating with a help by waffle iron. But sometimes we go too hard with our cooking skills or deliveries, and we overrate ourselves. Instead of making or ordering the medium size, we go for the large ones, and get full after only half way through. So, instead of throwing it in the trash can, we all store it in our fridge, and go for it the next day. And at that point we should know which method to choose.
The problem that we have (if that is even considered as a problem) is figuring out the best and tastiest way to eat that pizza after it stayed in the fridge for one or more nights.
But don’t we all sometimes crave those juicy and warm cheese melting meals no matter at what point of the day? So, if you want your pizza, to be really good, and to enjoy it properly, you need to pay attention to some of the things, such as: how to store it, and which methods are the best reheating methods.
How To Store Your Pizza
Until we get to explaining our first reheating method, we need to know that it’s important to properly store your pizza in such a way that it doesn’t get soggy in the refrigerator, because that happens a lot, and pretty much to all of us. And this is the important part: don’t put your unfinished pizza back into the delivery box. The moisture that is in the sauce, meat, and vegetables will soak through the crust, and when you reheat it, you don’t even stand a chance. So, to avoid that, you should do the following:
1. Place paper towels in an airtight Tupperware container.
2. Place your pizza in that container.
3. Cover pizza with another paper towel.
4. Close container and place it in the fridge.
5. Prepare your stomach and destroy that pizza.
Oh and also, if you don’t have a container, paper towels on a plate covered with plastic wrap will do just fine. This also ensures the ultimate freshness.
The Best Way To Reheat Your Pizza
If you are ready to reheat, then an oven is the best method you can go for, and that is because your kitchen oven is the closest thing to replicating an actual stone pizza oven, so if you want your pizza to be the way it was meant to be, then this is the best choice you can go for, and should go for. Reheating pizza takes much more time and effort than all the other methods that will be mentioned later down below, but it is worth it, because it slowly heats the pizza from every direction, fully and equally warming it on each side, making it the best replica for the real thing. And we all love that fresh just popped out of the oven cheese melting goodness. Second best thing about this reheating pizza method is that you can always reheat slices this way too, of course if you are willing to put in the extra work and time for it, instead of just putting it in the microwave and taking the easy way out.
First you should put a baking sheet in the oven, because pizza has its own oils, so it will start releasing them on high temperatures, so there is no need to add any extra of your own oils, unless you want that pizza to slide more easily off the sheet.
Next step is turning your oven on an approximately 350 degrees-that should be just enough!
When baking sheet gets hot, you need to place pizza on that sheet, and then wait until cheese starts to melt, and that usually takes about 10-15 minutes. After that, you remove your pizza and wait for it to cool down a bit. Meanwhile, you can set the table, drink some soda (or wine), and then you can go for it.
Reheating Pizza In Microwave
This, by far, is the fastest and most convenient method (also the easiest, and let’s not forget to say that it takes us only 30 seconds to get the meal heated up), and it is pretty much all that we ever knew about, because who wants to spend 15 minutes reheating pizza? But, if the microwave is your way, then there are also some methods that can improve this fast and not too tasty decision, and can make it at least a bit tastier in a few simple steps:
You need to keep the paper towel between the plate and the pizza, and that will help with absorbing some of the moisture. Next step, you need to change your microwave settings to 50% power, and then instead of waiting those 30 seconds, you need to be patient for one whole minute. This helps because a slower warm up is better than an instant nuking, especially when it comes to pizza, because then, it loses its deliciousness, because cheese and meat don’t warm up gradually, and then they taste chewed up- you know how pizza is rubbery when you eat it from the microwave? This makes it a little bit better, and possibly as best as it gets with the microwave, so ask yourself.
However, there is this little trick to make the pizza crispier than you’d expect with a microwave:
You need put a glass or a cup half filled with water in the microwave beside the pizza slice. This helps because the water that is inside the cup will prevent the microwaves from reaching deep inside the pizza slice, while letting the cheese melt and reheat the crust. Reheating should not be longer than 30 seconds, and then, in 30 seconds, your crispy, and not too rubbery pizza slice will be ready for your stomach. So, should we be reheating pizza, or in a microwave? Let your stomach decide after a few bites.
Reheating Pizza On The Grill
If you are that lucky to live somewhere where you can cook outdoors, then grilling your pizza as a reheating option can be something that you should consider. But let’s be honest, how many of us have time and will to fire up the propane tank just to reheat some leftover pizza? Exactly. But, if you feel like it, this is how it should look like:
Reheating pizza on the grill:
1. You need to get your grill to medium heat, and let it to warm up for a few minutes.
2. Take one slice and place it on the grate, without adding oils or pretty much anything to it.
3. Shut the lid and let it cook for five to six minutes.
4. Remove your pizza using spatula, but before you do that, make sure that the crust looks good, and that the cheese on top is bubbly.
At the end, the results should look something like this: The cheese will melt, but it will not be rubbery. Pepperoni (or vegetables in general) on top of it will be crisp, and your crust will have some grill marks. It should be pretty crunchy and delicious. So in the end, this method should not be that hard, but only on a really, really, nice day.
The downside is that you cannot do it at any moment, it will be efficient mostly during the day, because who is in the mood for grilling in their backyard, in the middle of the night, instead of just reheating pizza, especially if the weather conditions are not the best. If you are feeling adventurous and want to step up your woodsman game on, then sure, have fun grilling. But good luck with the cleanup!
Reheating Pizza Using Skillet
Many people think that a skillet is the best way to reheat pizza. Some of the perks when it comes to skillet is that every person has one, which cannot be said for microwaves or grills. When using skillet, in many cases, it makes the slices crispier without becoming cardboard-like, or chewed up-like, and the cheese melts perfectly. Unfortunately, with the skillet reheating method, there is a bit more cleanup than with a reheating pizza or microwave method, but it is still not as bad as the grilling (luckily). So, if you decide to go for this reheating option, this is how it should look like:
Here’s how to pan-fry :
First step is placing the skillet on burner, and then turning burner on a medium-high heat. Do not use any oils, and place your slice in the skillet. You should wait from four to five minutes, by then, the cheese will start to melt slowly, and at that point you can remove the pizza from the pan, and you are ready to devour. You can take it up a notch, and go a bit crazy.
You can also start frying it while it is faced down in a preheated skillet on medium heat, and after about five minutes, when the cheese starts to melt, you can flip the slice, and cook the other side for a few more minutes. That way the whole slice will be crispy, and delicious with every bite you take.
Reheating Pizza On A Skillet Stove
Also, this can be your choice. First you put the skillet on the stovetop and let it preheat over medium for a few minutes. Then you put the pizza in the pan and then you cover the pan, and that is a crucial part for this step. If you don’t cover it, you momentarily decrease the chances of your toppings and cheese to not being quite done or hot enough. Some of the skillets do not have a lid, or you may misplaced it somewhere, if that is the case, you can always throw a foil over it. After that you wait for six to eight minutes, and it will be done when the cheese gets bubbly.
The skillet stove method, should be the second best, right after the warming your Pizza method, just because the taste is the best as it can be, and the second best replica to a whole freshly made pizza. The ingredients will melt perfectly and the crust gets even crispier than expected.
There is also one more way where we can experiment with our delicious pizza, and it is no joke. You can put it on a totally new level by using a waffle iron to reheat the leftover pizza. Never heard about that one a ? It is a game changer because you can put some extra ingredients and just put it in your iron to warm up. And this is how waffling that pizza slice should look like:
Reheating Pizza With Waffle Iron:
Your first step needs to be preheating waffle iron, and if you want to, you can add extra ingredients to one corner of your slice. Then, you fold the pizza up towards the ingredient-corner so it creates that kind of a calzone pocket. Then you use a knife and cut your crust off. Place your folded pizza in a waffle iron, and cook about four to five minutes, or until you notice that the crust is getting crispy. Then, you remove your pizza from the machine and wait for it to cool. And you know the next step, it’s your favorite, it is time to devour. Maybe now you won’t be using waffle irons just for waffles, what do you think ? And yet again, you should compare your tastes.
So, in the end, it is up to you. Sure, there are a few methods, but overall which one is the best? Reheating pizza in the oven, in the microwave, on the grill, in the skillet, or the new approach with the waffle iron? The real struggle is that you don’t know until you try, and not everyone has got the right grills, microwaves and pans to work with, and most definitely, not the same preferences. Some people may prefer reheating their pizza with microwave because they are used to it, other may think that reheating pizza is the best, while not so many will try the iron way. So, for starters, you should start by reheating pizza just because it was the number one on our list, and if that doesn’t work the best for you, move on to the next method. Which one will be a winner one? Decisions, decisions.