Easy step by step tutorial on how to freeze pizza dough with yeast, fast at home!
Can You Freeze Pizza Dough?
And trust me when I tell you that the best dough to use is a freezable thin crust dough, like the best Italian pizza dough recipe we talked about way back when, which to this day is still the best ever!
Usually when you make pizza dough from scratch you don’t just make enough for one or two pizzas, right?! Because it takes a little while to make it, let it proof, assemble your creations, it’s a project! So why not just make a double batch to freeze for later use?!
The great thing about freezing pizza dough is that you don’t even have to let it proof. You can form the balls and freeze right away, no need to let it rise.
Then the next week (maybe a Tuesday) when you crave a nice homemade pizza on a whim, you just thaw it out on your kitchen counter for a couple of hours while you walk your dogs. Easy peasy!
Note worthy: Last summer we went to Sicily Italy, and my mission there was to secretly learn everything I could to perfect my pizza making game. I am the self proclaimed queen of the best thin crust pizza dough topped with perfectly ripe tomatoes and this creamy homemade vegan mozzarella <—Out of this world!
Tips + FAQ
- Vacuum sealing – Now this step is not 100% necessary, but when freezing pizza dough the best and proper way to do it and preserve it long term is to nicely vacuum sealed. got the smaller hand held vacuum sealer + bags just for this!
- Organize – Usually I freeze 4 dough balls in each bag because that’s how many I usually make for pizza night, but if you normally just make one or two then I suggest freezing one or two balls together in each bag. Makes everything easier!
- Can I freeze my pizza dough twice? – No, don’t do that! Just thaw out as much as you will bake.
How To Freeze Pizza Dough
- 1 batch Italian Pizza Dough
- Make a double batch of this rustic Italian pizza dough according to the recipe instructions.
- Cut the dough into 12 pieces and with oiled hands form them into dough balls.
- Place the dough balls on a plastic cutting board without touching each other and place in the freezer for a couple of hours until firm.
- Remove the frozen dough balls from the freezer and individually wrap them in plastic wrap.
- Place the individually wrapped frozen dough balls in a vacuum seal bag and vacuum seal it. If you don’t have one of these vacuum sealers (<-amazon), just store them in small freezer bags and back in the freezer.
- When in the mood for a pizza, remove as many pizza dough balls from the freezer as you plan to bake, and place them on the counter to thaw out for a couple of hours. Make sure to remove them from the vacuum sealed bag and just let them rest on the counter loosely wrapped in the plastic wrap. They will be proofing at the same time.