There are kitchen tips you just don’t read about in a recipe book. The kind of knowledge that makes life easier in the kitchen. They are meant to be shared . Rather a pass this on – it actually works! I am sharing with you a new tip on reheating pizza and thawing meat.
Pizza lovers are just that. Lovers of pizza. Pizza hot. Pizza cold. Pizza in the middle of the night. Pizza at picnics. Pizza and old movies. Everything goes with pizza.
We loved pizza so much that we opened a pizzeria. PASSIONATE PIZZA introduced artisan pizza to Vancouver many years ago. It garnered lots of kudos including Best Pizza in the Pacific North West, and Best Pizza in Vancouver. We’ve retired from all that but we still make Passionate Pizza’s at home at least once a week. We always make enough to have left over the next day. Our recipe for pizza is on our food blog, MRS. BUTTERFINGERS.
This is how my new method to re-heat left over pizza works. Preheat your oven to 300F. Put your left over pizza on a baking sheet or a large pizza pan. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap tucking it under the crust. Put your pizza in. IMMEDIATELY turn the oven off!! Leave in the oven for about 10 minutes or until it hot. Remove the plastic wrap and voila! You pizza is ready. (The plastic wrap will not melt – just remember to TURN THE OVEN OFF.)
This new and improved method leaves the interior of the crust soft, the cheese melty, and the toppings and bottom hot and crisp but not dehydrated. It is also important to store your left over pizza correctly – carefully wrapped with plastic wrap. So now I’ve spilled the beans on reheating your leftover pizza get busy and make pizza tonight, and eat left overs tomorrow.
To defrost meat – wrap loosely with wax paper, parchment paper or plastic wrap. Place the meat on a metal surface – either a skillet or a cast iron fry pan. Turn every 20 – 30 minutes or so until thawed. Refrigerate meat until needed. This works best with flat cuts of meat such as steaks and chops. I’ve even defrosted bacon this way. Don’t use this method with ground meat.
Just don’t forget about your meat and leave it out too long .Always practice food-safe when handling meat to avoid cross-contamination. Wash your hands well, and scrub any surfaces that come in contact with raw meat.