Pizza is a timeless favorite for dinner or lunch, but no one wants to eat it cold. So, how do you keep pizza warm? With our handy guide of course! We’ll be covering all the ways you can keep that delicious home-baked pie warm for up to three hours.
Whether you’re eating at home or taking it to go, we’ll show you the best way to enjoy your pizza without having to worry about it getting cold and soggy.
Top Ways To Keep Pizza Warm At Home
1. Keep It In The Box
This is one of the best ways to keep your delivery pizza warm. If you’re getting a pizza delivered for dinner, or if you’re taking a leftover slice or two for lunch, just leave it in the box. The box helps keep in all that heat that’s escaping from your mouth when you’re devouring that slice. The only downside to leaving it in the cardboard is that it can get wet if you have any extra toppings like garlic oil on your pie.
2. Use An Insulated Bag
Use an insulated bag to keep your pizza warm. They’re a good alternative if your box was damaged or soaked from the rain. If you have one, just place it on top of the pizza and tuck in any toppings that were left behind.
3. Set It In The Oven
Set your pizza in the oven, either on a baking sheet or directly on the oven rack. This will give it just enough warmth to stay fresh and tasty for several hours. Keep in mind, though, that the heat may start drying out your crust or toppings if you keep it in for too long.
We know, it sounds kind of gross. But it’s a great way to get a slice or two warmed up in just a couple minutes. If you don’t have an oven handy and you need to get your pizza warm on the go, this is the perfect option for you. Just be careful not to overheat it, or it will become soggy and chewy rather than nice and crisp.
5. Use A Grill
Pizza cooked on a grill is a great option for those of us who don’t have time to nuke in the oven. It’s nice and crispy and will keep well for several hours. You just need to make sure that you let it cool off well before taking it to go. If you’re not using a brick-style grill, wrap the pizza in foil and place it on the grill until it is heated through. Otherwise, the cheese is likely to be a bit burnt.
To get your pizza really grilled, take your baking sheet or pizza pan and put it on the grill. This will allow you to place the pizza over direct heat, allowing you to get a bit of char without cooking the insides.
How Long Can Pizza Be Kept Warm?
We’ve tested this method, and it works! Keep your pizza warm for up to 3 hours if you use a pizza box, insulated bag and then place it in the oven. If you’ve got a microwave or grill handy, keep it warm for at least 2 hours. Microwave will only last 30 minutes to an hour.
Can You Keep A Pizza Warm In The Box In The Oven?
Yes, you can! However, since you’re baking the pizza in a pre-heated oven, the crust is likely to be a bit soggy. To keep it crisp and fresh, put it on a dry towel or paper napkin before placing it in the oven. Remember that if you’re taking it to go or eating it at home with friends, that you don’t need to heat up your oven for 20 minutes.
So, there you have it. We hope we’ve helped you learn how to keep pizza warm for up to three hours. Just remember, our number one tip is: if you’re going to eat the whole thing in one sitting, don’t bother. Unless of course you’re eating it at home while watching a movie or something. For everyone else – share and enjoy!