Just as with any leftovers it is important to store leftover pizza properly to avoid becoming seriously ill with food poisoning. How to store leftover pizza depends on if the leftovers will be eaten relatively soon and it also depends on how much storage room is available. Some families have big chest freezers and it is so easy to freeze the second pizza from a two for one special just as it was delivered. After the pizza has cooled (it may help to open the lid), simply place the pizza box inside the chest freezer. The next time a family is struggling for time or doesn’t feel like cooking there will be a ready-made pizza that simply needs pulled out of the freezer and reheated. Some pizzerias will include reheating instructions on the box. If reheating instructions aren’t included on the box most pizzas can be reheated at 425 for 15-20 minutes.
If there is enough pizza leftover for another meal and space isn’t available to store a pizza box the best way to store leftover pizza in the freezer is in plastic gallon Ziploc freezer bags. These bags are thick and will keep odors out. Additionally, they will prevent leftover pizza from getting freezer burn. Individual slices that have sufficiently cooled may be neatly piled on top of one another inside each bag. Wax paper or leftover cardboard may be used to separate the slices. After sealing each bag securely and making sure that the date is written on each bag the pizza can be placed in the freezer for up to three months. To reheat simply take the pizza out of the Ziploc bags and place each slice on a baking sheet and reheat at 425 for 15-20 minutes.
If there isn’t enough pizza for a leftover meal but just enough to store overnight in the refrigerator some families will place the entire pizza box in the refrigerator but often the refrigerator is too full that there isn’t enough room for this. And if pizza stays in the refrigerator in a cardboard pizza box too long it will dry out. The best way to keep leftover pizza in the refrigerator is in plastic containers with the lid sealed tightly. This will prevent the leftover pizza from absorbing odors from the refrigerator, it will prevent other items from absorbing pizza odors and it will keep the leftover pizza fresh and ensure that it won’t dry out. Another good way to store leftover pizza temporarily in the refrigerator is to wrap it in aluminum foil. Ziploc bags also work for temporary storage in the refrigerator but to use a Ziploc bag for just a day or two is a little more expensive than aluminum foil that can be recycled or a plastic container that can be reused.
Many families don’t like leftovers in general, but leftover pizza is always a hit. And with today’s economy it is important to learn ways to save food and money. By storing leftover pizza properly families will be saving money and will have future meals that take no time at all to prepare that the entire family will enjoy. Leftover pizza should be refrigerated immediately. It should not sit out for more than one hour and it should be used within two or three days. Leftover pizza will taste better reheated in the oven. Microwaves are easier but when it comes to reheating pizza, but reheating it in the microwave will make the crust extremely tough. By reheating leftover pizza in the oven, the crust will maintain its crispness.