Whether you enjoy making pizza or not, there are some steps that should be taken before you can use defrosted pizza dough. The first step is to thaw the pizza dough. The second step is to rise the dough (proofing). And finally, you can prepare your pizza and enjoy it!
How To Defrost Frozen Pizza Dough in Microwave
Although microwaving frozen dough may be the quickest method for thawing it, it is also the least recommended. Defrosting pizza dough in the microwave is not a good idea because it doesn’t heat evenly or heat too quickly, so you end up with the partially cooked dough or with the dough that is scorched.
However, if you’re short on time and need to thaw your frozen pizza dough quickly, here’s how:
- Lightly coat the dough with olive oil
- On a plate, spread the dough out
- Put the pizza dough in a microwave and heat it for 25 seconds
- Turn your pizza dough over
- Microwave again for another 25 seconds
- Take the dough out of the microwave and check it
- Put the dough back in the microwave and microwave on defrost Setting for 3 minutes
- Let the Dough Rest
- Prepare Your Pizza
1. Lightly Smear Olive Oil on The Dough
To defrost pizza dough in a microwave, first, take olive oil and lightly smear it on all sides of the dough. The olive oil will help prevent your pizza dough from getting soggy and or burnt.
2. Spread Your Pizza Dough Out on A Plate
Next, spread the dough gently onto a microwave-safe plate and wrap the plate with a microwaveable plastic wrap or, even better, with a bowl. This is important to prevent the dough from becoming too dry, overcooked, or burnt.
3. Heat the Pizza Dough in Microwave
Set your microwave on high power and cook it for about 25 seconds. The reason why you should start with 25 seconds is because microwaves vary.
The next time, if you feel your dough needs a little bit more cooking time to get the perfect defrosting results, adjust accordingly. Every microwave is different so it’s best just to play around with your dough until you find the sweet spot on how long it takes for your microwave
4. Flip Your Pizza Dough Over
Then, take the wrapped dough out from your microwave, flip it, and coat the dough, plate, and plastic wrap with a little bit of olive oil again. I cannot stress enough how important it is to coat all sides of the dough with olive oil before microwaving.
5. Microwave Again
After that, put the dough back into your microwave and cook on high power for another 25 seconds.
6. Check the Dough
Take it out and feel the dough. By now, it should feel cool and have not risen. If you find it has risen, simply punch it down and reshape it again.
7. Microwave on Defrost Setting for 3 Minutes
Place the dough back into the microwave and cook on the defrost setting for 3 minutes. This will thaw the dough completely.
8. Let the Dough Rest
Once you have removed the pizza dough, you will need to let the dough rest on the counter at room temperature to rise for about 30 – 60 minutes before you can use it.
9. Prepare Your Pizza
When that has been completed, the next step is to prepare the sauce and toppings before creating your masterpiece. You can make all sorts of sauce and toppings for your pizza from the traditional tomato sauce to the more exotic creamy alfredo sauce. The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless.
Other Methods to Defrost Frozen Pizza Dough
As mentioned before, defrosting frozen pizza dough in the microwave is not advisable. There are other options that you can do to defrost frozen pizza dough. Here are some other options that you can use:
1. Thaw Frozen Dough Inside Refrigerator
Thawing pizza dough inside a refrigerator would be the best way to defrost your pizza dough. To do so, you can remove the pizza dough from the freezer and place it in the fridge overnight.
The next day, your pizza should have defrosted completely but not risen. The dough should be soft, smooth, and still cold to the touch. Take it out of the refrigerator, put it on a large plate, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it sit on the counter at room temperature for about an hour or two before you start baking.
It’s as simple as that. And there you have it! Your pizza dough will be thawed and ready to shape or roll into your favorite pizza crust.
2. Thaw Frozen pizza Dough in Cold Water
Another method to defrost your frozen pizza dough is by giving it a cold water bath. The frozen dough ball will slowly defrost in the cold water, similar to how ice cubes melt into water.
To do this, put the dough into an airtight plastic bag and then submerge the bag into a bowl that is filled with cold water. Make sure that the whole pizza dough is submerged under the water. Change the water every thirty minutes or so. This should take several hours to defrost your pizza dough completely.
Once you notice that the dough has thawed and become soft, take it out of the water and let it proof on the counter at room temperature for another one to two hours before you use it.
These two cold defrosting methods are considerably slower than thawing your dough in the microwave, but they’re also more gentle on the dough and are far less likely to damage it.
3. Use a Warm Water
If cold water isn’t fast enough, you can also use warm water for defrosting. However, you need to be careful with this method because you run the risk of accidentally cooking your pizza dough.
To defrost pizza dough in warm water, first, remove your frozen pizza dough from the freezer. Next, put it in an airtight plastic bag and submerge it into a medium-sized bowl that is filled with warm water but not hot water.
Because the water will cool down quickly, you need to change it every fifteen minutes or so. This process can take approximately one or two hours.
After you notice that the frozen dough is no longer hard but has become soft and pliable, remove it from the bowl and let it sit on your counter at room temperature for about an hour before starting to use it.
Two important tips to remember when defrosting using this method:
- Make sure that you have removed every bit of air from the plastic bag before you submerge it into warm water, or else the heat may cause the gas bubbles to expand, which will cause the dough to expand and proof before it’s ready.
- Watch the dough while it’s defrosting in the water. The moment you notice any bubbles rising from within the dough, remove it from the water right away and let it sit out at room temperature to avoid having any dough ferment.
4. Use an Oven
As with the microwave and warm water method, you need to use caution when defrosting your pizza dough in the oven. You don’t want to accidentally cook your pizza dough!
To defrost pizza dough in a microwave, first, remove the frozen pizza dough from your freezer and put it in a pan. The pan should be large enough and greased with oil to prevent the dough from sticking and drying out. The dough should also be sprayed with olive oil.
Next, preheat your oven to its lowest setting (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and put the pan in the middle rack of your oven. Let the dough defrost completely in this warm environment for about one hour. Once it has thawed all the way through, take out the pan and let the dough sit on your counter.
5. Leave It on the Counter
The last but most simple way to defrost pizza dough is simply by letting it sit on the counter at room temperature. This will take approximately two hours, depending on the temperature of your kitchen and how frozen your dough was when you placed it in the freezer.
This method is perfect for those in a rush or who want to get the dough thawed while doing other things.
How to Freeze Pizza Dough?
Remember that the goal of freezing your pizza dough is to save time. So, if you’re busy and don’t have a lot of time to make pizza dough from scratch, or if you’re planning on making pizza at some point in the future, but you want to be sure that your dough is still fresh when you need it, freezing is a good idea.
Here’re step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and freeze your pizza dough:
- Divide and shape the dough into individual portions. Depending on your cooking needs, you can either divide the dough into four equal pieces or leave them as halves or quarters.
- Place each portion in a lidded container. Don’t forget to flour the container lightly to prevent unwanted sticking. If you don’t have lidded containers, you can place the dough in a floured tray and use plastic wrap to cover it.
- Allow the dough to proof for approximately an hour or two, depending on the temperature in your kitchen. If you see any bubbles rising from within the dough or if it’s starting to expand in size, then your dough is ready and can be placed in the freezer immediately.
- Put the entire container in the freezer and leave it for at least an hour.
- When the dough is frozen solid, transfer it out of the container, put it in a tightly sealed food bag, and put it back in the freezer.
- When you’re ready to use it, simply let your pizza dough defrost completely using one of the methods listed above.
Will Pizza Dough Rise After Being Frozen?
Pizza dough will rise when it thaws after being frozen. For the yeast to reactivate, you need to proof the dough at room temperature when it’s completely thawed. Even a slightly lower temperature will cause the yeast to stop working properly.
How Do You Get Pizza Dough to Room Temperature Quickly?
The best way to get pizza dough back to room temperature quickly is by placing it in a room with a warm temperature. You can try to speed up the process by placing it in a slightly warm room. Just be careful not to warm it up too quickly, as this will cause the yeast to react too fast, and the dough will rise prematurely.
How Long Can Frozen Dough Last in the Freezer?
Assuming you placed your frozen pizza dough in a vacuum-sealed bag, it can last in the freezer for up to three months. However, I would recommend using it no more than two weeks after freezing for the best taste.