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Calzone is a delicious dish, like folded-up pizza that is soft and gooey on the inside with a fluffy, crisp crust on the outside. Whether they are homemade or store-bought, it is recommended to store the calzone in the fridge or freezer. Calzones taste best when they are fresh and warm, so if you want to reheat some calzones you have in your fridge or freezer, there are a couple of ways to do it, so as to retain their taste, texture, and flavor.
How To Reheat Calzone in the Oven
This is the best way to reheat calzones as it helps heat them up evenly while maintaining taste and texture. There are a few steps involved to ensure it gets reheated to perfection.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a baking tray with a baking sheet and place the calzone on it.
- Spritz a little bit of oil on the calzone. This gives the calzone a nice crust while reheating.
- Place the tray in the oven and let the calzone bake for about 20 minutes.
- If you have frozen calzone, then let it bake for 30 minutes.
- Take the calzone out once done and check if it is warm enough. Else, place it back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
Reheating the calzone in the oven has the best results. The calzone gets heated through evenly. Reheating it in the oven also ensures that the exterior doesn’t get soggy, but the slow heating helps maintain the texture of the calzone. Another huge plus is that if you are reheating a frozen calzone, you don’t need to thaw it first, you can stick it in the oven straight away but allow it to bake an extra 10 minutes.
The biggest drawback of this method is that it is time-consuming and does require extra effort. But if you are looking for perfectly reheated calzones, then this is the method to go for.
How To Reheat Calzones in the Microwave
While reheating a calzone in the microwave is quick and easy and allows you to satisfy your calzone craving the fastest, it changes the texture of the calzone. But if you want your snack quick, then this is the way to go.
- Place your calzone on a microwave-safe plate.
- Heat the calzone for 45-60 seconds.
- If it is not warm enough, continue heating at 10-second intervals.
The microwave is the quickest way to get your calzone nice and toasty, but this method has a number of problems. Firstly, the calzone ends up with a soggy exterior in the microwave. Then, the microwave does not heat evenly, and more often than not you end up with the exterior being piping hot, while the stuffing inside is still cool or lukewarm at best. Finally, if you want to reheat a frozen calzone, the whole thing becomes a gooey mess.
How To Reheat Calzones in the Skillet
Reheating a calzone on a skillet is a no fuss, no muss way of doing it. The calzone does get heated pretty well, but the texture is not guaranteed, and it does require a little bit of extra effort.
- Heat a non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat. Once it has warmed, add the calzone to it.
- Splash a little bit of water to the side of the skillet and cover it.
- The steam helps heat the calzone. Let the calzone cook for 2 minutes.
- Then flip the calzone and again cover and continue heating for another 2 minutes.
- Then take it off the flame, allow it to cool, and enjoy.
Heating the calzone on the skillet gives it a nice crispy coating while keeping the filling inside warm. It is best to heat the calzone over low to medium heat so that the calzone heats evenly and does not char.
The problem with heating a calzone over a skillet or pan is that it does require more work than just sticking it in the microwave or even the oven. With the skillet, you have to watch over the calzone so that it does not burn. The skillet does increase the chance of the calzone getting burnt if you don’t slip it in time.
How To Reheat Calzones in an Air Fryer
The air fryer is a convenient way to reheat your calzones. The time and prep are pretty minimal, but make sure you set the timer correctly, so as to not overheat it and let it burn.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
- Place the calzone in the fryer basket and fry them for 3-4 minutes.
- If the calzone is not warm enough, place it back in the fryer and heat for another minute or two.
Reheating the calzone in the air fryer gives it a nice, golden-brown crust while keeping the inside perfectly warm. Besides this, reheating it in the air fryer is also super quick and simple. You can have a perfectly reheated calzone in a matter of minutes.
The only drawback with this method is that it is easy to burn the calzone if you set the timer too high or forget to take it out in time.
Your calzone is best when consumed fresh, but if you have a lot of leftovers, it is best to refrigerate it. Keep your calzone in an air-tight container and store it in the fridge. If you are planning to freeze your calzone, then first wrap it in aluminum foil, this helps retain its softness and keep it from going hard. Then place the wrapped calzone in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer. This provides an extra layer of protection.
Your calzone will be good outside for no more than 2 hours. After that, it is best to refrigerate it. Your calzone will be good in the fridge for about 3 days if stored properly. If you freeze your calzone, it will be good for about 3 months in the freezer with proper storage.
• The best indication that your calzone has gone bad is the smell. If your calzone smells off, then it needs to be tossed.
• If the calzone has dried out and is hard, it is past its best and better to be thrown out.
• If you notice mold or any other kind of spoilage or growth on the calzone, then it has spoiled.
• If your calzone feels oily or slimy then it has gone bad.
• Finally, taste your calzone and if it tastes sour or off then it has spoiled. Do not consume spoiled calzones as they can give you food poisoning.