How To: Prep & Freeze 8 Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts at Once! (Vegan Option)
After my recent post on baking gluten-free pizza crusts, I got a lot of questions about how best to freeze batches of pizza crusts for future use. For your reference, each box of Positively Free™ Pizza Crust Mix contains 2 packets of pizza crust mix. Each packet makes 2 single-serve gluten-free pizza crusts. Use the following recommendations for freezing up to 8 (!) single-serve pizza crusts in the same time it takes to make 2.
I prepped three different types of pizza crusts: vegan, regular, and “fancy” (regular + cornmeal sprinkled on top). Because I cooked more than 8 pizza crusts for this post and wanted to ensure my vegan crusts stayed vegan, I broke up my cooking into several batches over a few days. On the first day, I cooked only vegan crusts. On the second day, I cooked the regular and fancy crusts in a super-batch. In total, I made 12 single-serve pizza crusts, which required 3 boxes of Positively Free™ Pizza Crust Mix.
Using the method outlined below, it took the same amount of time to cook 2 crusts, 4 crusts, and 8 crusts. If you have a double-oven, you may be able to make up to 16 crusts at once!
Prepping the Crusts
The following cheat sheet helps me keep ingredients straight when I prep multiple pizza crusts. I have personally tested up to 8 crusts in one batch—my KitchenAid stand mixer had no problem mixing all the ingredients at once.
If you’d like more detailed instructions for preparing the crusts, please read this post.
|2 Crusts||4 Crusts||8 Crusts||16 Crusts|
|2 egg whites/flax eggs||4 egg whites/flax eggs||8 egg whites/flax eggs||16 egg whites/flax eggs|
|2 Tbl olive oil||¼ cup olive oil||½ cup olive oil||1 cup olive oil|
|½ tsp apple cider vinegar||1 tsp apple cider vinegar||2 tsp apple cider vinegar||4 tsp apple cider vinegar|
|½ cup warm water (divided)||1 cup warm water (divided)||2 cups warm water (divided)||4 cups warm water (divided)|
|1 packet yeast (included in mix)||2 packets yeast (included in mix)||4 packets yeast (included in mix)||8 packets yeast (included in mix)|
|1 packet pizza crust mix (210 grams)||2 packets pizza crust mix (420 grams)||4 packets pizza crust mix (840 grams)||8 packets pizza crust mix (1680 grams)|
Regular & Fancy Crusts:
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°F. Combine ingredients in stand mixer according to instructions.
I used the 8 Crust amounts listed above.
- Divide dough in half. Spread each half onto a baking sheet—each baking sheet holds 4 single-serve crusts.
I used my spatula to move the dough side-to-side to cover the entire baking sheet. It will rise, so don’t worry if it seems really thin—as long as the bottom isn’t peeking through, you’re fine!
- Cover each baking sheet with parchment paper and put into warmed (but turned off) oven to let rise for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, take crusts out of the oven. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Poke crust with fork several times to prevent enormous air bubbles from developing in the crust.
- To make a fancy crust, sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons of cornmeal on the crust after it has risen.
- Bake 15 minutes in 375°F oven. Let cool completely.
- Follow directions above, but make sure to substitute 1 flax egg for each egg white. To make a flax egg, combine 1 Tablespoon of flax meal with 3 Tablespoons warm water. Let steep for a few minutes. Repeat for each flax egg needed.
Freezing the Crusts
- Cut each baking sheet into 4 equal crusts.
- Stack 4 crusts on top of each other, separating each layer with wax paper or parchment paper.
- Fold foil around stack of crusts to make a sealed package.
- Place each package into a labeled gallon freezer bag. Store in freezer.
At this point, you’re done until you want to eat your crusts. It will take less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook your frozen crusts, which make them a fantastic homemade option for easy weeknight meals.
Making the Pizza
I wanted to make sure the actual cooking of the pizza was genuinely easy. I treated these crusts just as I would a store-bought frozen crust—I didn’t even defrost them before cooking. The result was a delicious, chewy, bubbly gluten-free pizza crust, way better than any store-bought option I’ve tried. Plus, my kitchen smelled as if I’d been cooking all day—yum!
Here are the steps for cooking your frozen pizza crusts:
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Remove desired pizza crusts from the freezer. I elected to make one regular crust and one fancy crust on this evening. My husband and I ate after my son went to bed, so we did not need to make one for him.
- Top with your favorite toppings.*
- Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.
- Cut as desired and enjoy!
Each frozen crust offers a generous portion of homemade gluten-free pizza,
completely cooked in less than 30 minutes!