4 smart leftover pizza reheating methods

November 3, 2015

Ordering a pizza is a great, budget-friendly way to serve a meal. However, if you have leftover pizza, don't resign yourself to eating cold, hard, stale slices the next day. There are some simple tricks to reheating pizza that will leave the pizza moist, warm and delicious. Check out four pizza reheating methods below.

4 smart leftover pizza reheating methods

1. In a pan on the stove.

  • For pizza that has a crisp crust and moist, melted cheese, try reheating a piece of cold pizza in a skillet on the stove.
  • To do this, simply put a piece of pizza in a pan, then turn the burner on low.
  • Put a lid on the pan and watch as the cheese melts.
  • Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, turn off the stove and remove the lid. The pizza will be ready to eat!
  • This should only take about five minutes total.
  • Try using a thick, sturdy pan like a cast iron skillet, since it will get hotter than other, thinner skillets.

2. Parchment paper in the microwave.

  • Most people associate reheating pizza in the microwave with slimy, soggy slices.
  • However, you can reheat pizza successfully in the microwave using a piece of parchment paper.
  • Completely wrap each piece of pizza in the parchment paper, then heat it up as usual.
  • Many microwaves have a pizza setting; look for a button with the word 'pizza' or with a graphic of a slice of pizza.
  • If yours doesn't have a preset button, try 45 seconds on medium power for one slice.
  • When the cheese is melted, the pizza is done.
  • The parchment paper keeps the cheese moist and melted but allows the crust to crisp up.

3. Use a waffle iron.

  • One of the least expected ways to reheat delicious pizza is by using a waffle iron.
  • To use a waffle iron for pizza, put one slice face up on the bottom part of the waffle iron, then place another slice of cheese down on top of that slice.
  • Close the waffle iron and let it heat for about five minutes.
  • When the cheese is melted, you'll have a delicious pizza sandwich with warm, gooey cheese and crispy crust.

4. Glass of water in the microwave.

  • Another great way to reheat pizza in the microwave is to heat it in the microwave alongside a glass of water.
  • This is a great pizza reheating trick for people who like soft, doughy crust -- not hard, chewy crust.
  • The glass of water helps create steam in the microwave, which makes both the cheese melt and warm up and the crust get softer. Make sure you use a microwave-safe glass; follow the usual microwave settings.
  • The next time you're hungry and only have cold pizza in the house, try one of these tips for a delicious meal that tastes as good as freshly delivered pizza.


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