You’ve been warming up pizza wrong your whole life
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You’ve been warming up pizza wrong your whole life

Simon Balissat
Zurich, on 25.03.2019
Translation: Patrik Stainbrook
Do you have some cold pizza in the fridge after not finishing it on the weekend? Then you’re in luck: make your pizzas warm and crunchy again using this method.

«I messed up. I wanted to heat up some pizza in the microwave. It only half worked,» my work colleague Martin Jud says, showing me a picture. The toaster looks like it was under fire. «The pizza was really crunchy though!» Martin assures me.

The defiled toaster.
The defiled toaster.

The funny thing is, it’s extremely easy to perfectly warm up your pizza. You heat it in a pan. A toaster does give your pizza a good crunch, but this creates an aforementioned mess. Microwaves don’t add any crunch and ovens take an eternity to heat up. A pan will give a nice crust and beautifully melt the cheese.

Into the frying pan

Warm up your pan on medium heat while fashioning a handy tin foil lid for your pizza. Pay attention that the shiny side is turned inward. This reflects the heat rays and melts the cheese. The underlying heat of the pan will make the dough nice and crunchy in a few minutes without creating a huge mess.

A solid lid: Tin foil is perfectly suited to bring your pizza to the perfect temperature.
A solid lid: Tin foil is perfectly suited to bring your pizza to the perfect temperature.

The only downside to this method: you can only warm up a few slices of pizza at a time. If you still have half a jumbo-pizza in your fridge, this method might not be suited.

Crunchy on the bottom, melted on the top.
Crunchy on the bottom, melted on the top.

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Simon Balissat
Simon Balissat
Editor, Zurich
When I flew the family nest over 15 years ago, I suddenly had to cook for myself. But it wasn’t long until this necessity became a virtue. Today, rattling those pots and pans is a fundamental part of my life. I’m a true foodie and devour everything from junk food to star-awarded cuisine. Literally. I eat way too fast.

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