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  • Reheating Pizza - Great Method

    I often have pizza left over from a baking session and pop it in the fridge for eating the next day. One of the problems I had in the past was how best to heat it up again to eat. I tried the microwave method and this made the crust rubbery, floppy and all but inedible. I then switched to the wasteful practice of heating a few pieces of pizza in the electric oven. That was OK but still not satisfactory as it dried the crust out too much. I had almost given up the quest to find a suitable reaheating method when I happened to be standing next to a work colleague and watched him do it...

    His method was to use a paninni press, Cuban sandwich press or simply a sandwich press/toaster (available in every lunchroom in Australia and probably elsewhere in the world). The cooking from both the top and bottom crispened the crust and warmed the topping evenly. It was VERY nice indeed and as close as you will get to one coming right out of the oven. The lid of the sandwich toaster should be locked (it has a ratchet mechanism on the side) so that it does not make contact with the topping - but gets very close.

    That's it - give it a try if you haven't already done so.

    Rossco
    Last edited by heliman; 02-03-2010, 03:28 PM.
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    Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

    Ingenious.

    We don't have such devices (that I know of) in the US, but panini presses are not uncommon. They close so tight that I think the toppings would stick, so maybe putting two slices cheese-to-cheese then pressing in the pannini press would accomplish a similar fete.

    Thanks for the great idea. I tend to eat leftover pizza cold since I hate that microwaved sliminess that my kids can endure.

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    • #3
      Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

      Tks for the feedback Brian...

      I agree - I too would rather eat pizza cold than use the microwave.

      For clarity - below is a pic of the appliance I was referring to.

      Rossco
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      • #4
        Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

        Ahhh, that is exactly what we call a pannini press. So... you're technique is internationally applicable!!!

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        • #5
          Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

          ... although I call it a paninni press I'll bet that the folks in Florida would call it a Cuban Sandwich press.

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          • #6
            Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

            Stove top, over cast iron griddle. I prefer this method over the toaster oven as it is less messy with the toppings.
            And like most, I'd rather eat cold pizza than microwaved.
            George

            My 34" WFO build

            Weber 22-OTG / Ugly Drum Smoker / 34" WFO

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            • #7
              Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

              My method is similar to fxpose except I simply heat my leftover pizza (and calzone) in an open frypan. It's simple, it works and almost everyone has a frypan.
              Bests,
              Wiley

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              • #8
                Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                Thanks for clarifying Brian - I've updated the description to give it an international theme.

                Originally posted by BrianShaw View Post
                ... although I call it a paninni press I'll bet that the folks in Florida would call it a Cuban Sandwich press.
                Rossco
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                • #9
                  Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                  If we are home, I'll toss that pizza bit right back into the WFO. There is usually enough heat to get the left overs plenty warm!

                  And a magical as a microwave can be, it doesn't improve a cold pizza...

                  JED

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                  • #10
                    Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                    Originally posted by Jed View Post
                    If we are home, I'll toss that pizza bit right back into the WFO. There is usually enough heat to get the left overs plenty warm!
                    My WFO at home doesn't keep running every day. I kill the coals by putting the door on after cooking is over so I have got some nice starter charcoal for the next fire.

                    The method described is only reliant the availability of the sandwich press - which can be found in many work lunch rooms and homes.

                    Rossco
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                    • #11
                      Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                      I agree Rossco, I have used my Press too heat up Pizza too! But I do like cold pizza the next day...esp. for Breaky!!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                        Sounds good Scott...

                        I must say though that I have not yet acquired the taste for cold pizza as it seems to take on completely new characterisitcs!

                        Will agree on the breakfast pizzas - my wife thinks I'm crazy/obsessed for doing this but really it's just like having toast with cheese and bacon etc. Nothing strange about that in my view!!

                        I think that pizzas should be marketed as an all round meal experience, that is, breakfast, lunch, dinner and also starter and dessert. The only variable really is the topping which makes it different. This is such a versatile product and it's enjoyed by so many people too. Wonderfood? Maybe not - but it's great anyway and fun to make!!!

                        Rossco
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                        • #13
                          Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                          My best tip for reheating pizza and bread -even pizza from frozen:

                          Take a large sheet of greaseproof paper (not sure if it is called something else in the US), crumple it up and run it under water. Wrap the pizza or bread in it, put it in a pre-heated oven - about 200C - for 10 mins (ish - depending on what you are doing).

                          Basically it creates a nice little steam oven. Reheats pizza (even from frozen) well - crisp dough, not microwave chewy.

                          I got the tip off the TV (from something else) - off Jamie Oliver.

                          James

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                          • #14
                            Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                            This is the best way, but most people do not have access to a 1400 degree heat gun....
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                            • #15
                              Re: Reheating Pizza - Great Method

                              Originally posted by Tscarborough View Post
                              This is the best way, but most people do not have access to a 1400 degree heat gun....
                              Man, now that is an industrial heater!
                              Jen-Aire 5 burner propane grill/Char Broil Smoker

                              Follow my build Chris' WFO

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