how to reheat a calzone

by Amy

October 17, 2020

Calzones are a hit among the masses. So let’s find out how to reheat a Calzone.

The options are quite versatile, from the one filled with vegetables and cheese to the ones filled with shredded meat and cheese. If you are making calzones at home, you will likely make more. Because, let’s be real, we all like some frozen calzones to enjoy later.

But, to heat a calzone, is it necessary you follow some specific hygiene rules?

Reheating a calzone is not rocket science. The best way of doing it is by using the oven where you can reheat a frozen calzone as you made it now.

Aside from the oven, the skillet works just fine. But, you need to be extremely vigilant during the reheating process. The one thing we wouldn’t suggest is a microwave. It completely ruins the calzone, leaving you with a soggy pastry.

How to Reheat a Calzone – Best Picks

For your convenience on reheating these “mini pizzas,” we have sorted out the top 2 ways that every “Calzone Connoisseur” suggests.

  • Oven
  • Skillet

But, with so many reheating elements available, the reason why we suggest an oven and skillet is because it holds its integrity. The calzone remains flaky and crisp on the outside and flavourful and gooey on the inside.

Opting for something like a microwave oven will heat this mini pizza extremely fast on the inside, leaving you with a soggy pastry. This is nothing but a nightmare.

So, we are going to share the top ways to reheat a calzone here.

Using an Oven

How to Reheat a Calzone

If you want to reheat your calzone to have the same taste, like the first time you ate it piping hot, use an oven. This works well for frozen calzones or even those you stacked away the night before in the fridge.

But how do you reheat it?

Steps to follow:

  • The first thing you need to do is preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In case you have a frozen calzone, defrost it first. If you are picking it out of the fridge, you can directly line it on the baking sheet
  • Once on the baking sheet, take a brush and apply a thin layer of oil on the calzones to ensure it has a flaky and crusty exterior. It also has a crispy and golden exterior
  • Put the baking sheet inside the oven for 20 minutes for reheating. In case you are directly reheating the frozen calzones, we would suggest waiting for 10 minutes more
  • Keep an eye out on them and check whether they have heated up or not
  • If you want to test if it’s done, score one through the middle and see whether the insides are heated or not
  • Once done, take the baking sheet out and enjoy your “freshly” reheated calzones straight out of the oven

Why Should You Use an Oven?

Using an oven for reheating comes with its own set of pros and cons. But, for the most part, it is the most favorable option. So, why should you use an oven to reheat a calzone?

  • It heats the calzone throughout; from the exterior crust to the filling inside, all uniformly
  • It allows you to directly reheat the calzone straight out of a freezer, ensuring to reduce your hassle by half
  • It keeps the filling gooey in the center and the crust golden and crispy

Then, what are the downsides?

Reheating a calzone in an oven is time-consuming. In comparison to a microwave and toaster oven, it does take a little longer than usual. You need to preheat the oven; you also need to wait up to 30 minutes for the calzone to reheat from the center.

On the Skillet

If you have some guests over suddenly and you don’t have a lot of time to spare, the skillet is a better and faster option for reheating. But, heating on a skillet requires vigilance on your part. You need to keep an eye out to prevent the calzone from burning or cooking too fast.

Steps to follow:

  • Much like an oven, you need to heat a non-stick skillet on low to medium flame
  • Put the calzone on the skillet on low flame and allow it to reheat for 1-2 minutes, depending on the size
  • Always keep an eye out on the progress and flip it once one side of it has turned golden brown and crispy
  • Increase or decrease the heat depending on how fast it is reheating
  • Sprinkle some water over and around the calzone and cover it with a lid for 1-2 minutes. This will allow the insides to heat up as well
  • Once done, remove it from the skillet and enjoy it

Why Should You Use a Skillet?

Much like the ovens, even skillets come with its own set of pros and cons. It is hands down not as efficient as an oven, but it does get the job done, especially when you need the calzones reheated faster.

The only upside to using a skillet is the time. It reheats the calzone in under 5 minutes, which is perfect when you are on the go.

But, like the pro, it comes with a downside too. The moment you divert your eyes and leave it on for too long, it can stick to the pan and burn. Also, you can’t reheat a frozen calzone directly on a skillet. You need to thaw it first.

Is Airfryer a Viable Option for Reheating?

Now that we have discussed the two most convenient options for reheating, we need to talk about some accessory options. Airfryer is one of them.

To answer your question, yes, you can reheat a calzone in an airfryer. And, it is one of the healthiest and quickest ways to do so. All you have to do is switch on the airfryer and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once done, put the calzones inside the container and heat them for 3-4 minutes.

How to Reheat a Frozen Calzone?

Reheating a frozen calzone can be easy or tough, depending on the equipment you are using. In an oven, you can put the frozen calzone directly inside on a baking tray.

But, if you are using a skillet or an airfryer, you should thaw them first.

If you have some frozen leftover calzone that you want to eat tomorrow, leave them in the fridge from the freezer to thaw overnight. This keeps the calzone fresh and doesn’t risk the growth of bacteria.

How Long is a Leftover Calzone Good for?

If you have baked calzones leftover in your fridge, you need to know that they won’t last more than 3 days to 3 months in the freezer. Even if they do, they won’t deem suitable for consumption, especially with meat in it.

It is always best that you make fresh batches, but they can last you for 3 months, which is more than enough for an extra batch or two calzones.

But, with frozen calzones, you need to thaw them first, especially if you are using a skillet or airfryer for reheating them. Toaster oven is not a good option for reheating frozen calzones, so skip that out completely.

Why is Microwave Not a Favourable Option for Reheating Calzones?

We have mentioned time and time before in the article that if you want to reheat a calzone, the last thing we’d suggest is using a microwave. And, there are justifications to it as well.

All that a microwave does is turn the calzone into a piece of mush with cheese inside. That is not something you want at all.

The best part of a calzone is the crispy outside with the soft and melting inside. Reheating in a microwave leaves the outside completely soggy, with the insides reheated way too fast.

If you don’t want your efforts going to complete waste, we would suggest that you skip using the microwave altogether.

How to Store Cooked Calzone?

If you make calzones, you will likely make more than you can eat. That is a given, hence the purpose behind this article. But, as much as knowing about the reheating process is essential, knowing the process of storing them is equally important.

Baked or not, you must store your leftover calzones inside an airtight container. This is extremely important. In case you are using a fridge, finish them up before 2-3 days. But, if you are freezing them, they do last for around 3 months, so plan your things accordingly.

In case you don’t have an airtight container, the next best alternative is a freezer bag or aluminum foil.

Conclusion

To reheat a calzone, you need to prep the steps. Store it the right way and use the right equipment for reheating. The process of reheating in itself isn’t that tough, so all you need to do is know the steps. And, we have shared every last detail with you. Hope it helps.

About the author 

Amy

Hey! I'm Amy, the founder of FoodLve.com. Well, we all love food and I want to heighten your understanding of it! I started working about 8 years ago and realized that there is so so much to learn about food. Since then I haven't stopped. My motto is to "never stop learning."

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