It’s so easy to get stuck trying to cater to all of your family’s different tastes, but this super simple air fryer recipe is the perfect way to keep a smile on everyone’s faces.
Even better, by making good use of your freezer, you can avoid wasting anything, and you can always have a stash of prepped ingredients in stock ready for another meal.
Freezer Stash Pizzas allow your whole family to choose their toppings of choice and the quantity they actually want to eat. They’re also cooked in as little as 3-5 minutes, so if anyone is still hungry, they can just make another.
Of course, if you want to go for ultimate convenience, you can just purchase ready-prepped frozen ingredients such as sliced mushrooms, peppers, onions, pineapple or sweetcorn.
Did you know that you can also freeze any leftover fresh ingredients too?
So, for example, if you love cherry tomatoes, fresh spinach, or pepperoni, the excess needn’t go to waste. You can even freeze tomato purée, grated cheese, mozzarella, and any leftover pizza ‘bases’ (we love using flatbreads, but you can use pretty much any flat baked good).
The best part is that as long as you cook them quickly and thoroughly until piping hot, you can add all of your toppings straight from the freezer.
If you are freezing your own fresh toppings, though, there are some useful hacks that can help preserve your food and ensure it’s easy to use in the future:
Avoid ‘Foodbergs’ – Open and freeze any items that might clump together before moving them to a freezer bag. This basically just means spreading them out on a lined tray so that each piece of food can freeze individually. This will prevent you from ending up with solid ‘foodbergs’ and allow you to just use as much as you need without hacking at your food.
Think Bitesize – If you’re freezing anything that is bigger than bitesize, cut it up before freezing; by doing this, you can use your ingredients straight from frozen, and you can use as much or as little as you want. Think about how you’ll use the ingredients too. So, for example, I would slice cherry tomatoes in half before freezing so they cook faster and more evenly and are ready to use on pizzas.
Cube It – Freeze wet foods such as tomato purée or pesto in ice cube trays before moving the cubes to freezer bags (leaving the food in the tray is likely to taint it). By doing this, your ingredient will be pre-portioned so it can be quickly defrosted in the microwave or a pan for dishes such as pizza or thrown in straight from frozen if you’re cooking a dish such as Bolognese.
Go Flat – This doesn’t apply so much for pizza toppings, but if you are freezing any larger quantities of ‘wet’ foods, consider freezing them flat in a freezer bag in usable quantities. This works well for foods such as tinned tomatoes and coconut milk. By doing this, you can fit more in your freezer, and the food can be defrosted/reheated much faster than if frozen in a solid block!
Avoid U.F.O’s – Everyone has had some Unidentified Frozen Objects lurking in their freezer at some point. My top tip is to use a permanent marker to label your freezer bags across the top so that you can arrange your food to look like a filing cabinet. This way, you can just flick through the tops of the bags to find what you need, and you won’t end up playing freezer roulette, wondering what that unlabeled mystery item is!
By keeping your freezer full of shop-bought or home-frozen ingredients, you can relieve the pressure of constantly needing to get dinner on the table, as you at least always have something in stock. And with an Air Fryer to make your cooking super quick, you don’t even need to plan all that far ahead!
X2 Flatbreads (leftovers can be frozen)
Tomato puree (leftovers can be frozen in an ice cube tray)
Grated cheddar cheese (leftovers can be frozen)
Mozzarella (leftovers can be frozen)
Your choice of toppings
Frozen sweetcorn – Frozen chorizo – Frozen pineapple -Frozen red onion – Frozen peppers – Frozen mushrooms – Frozen Tenderstem broccoli – Frozen Mediterranean veggies – Fresh Spinach (leftovers can be frozen) – Fresh Cherry tomatoes (leftovers can be frozen) – Fresh Pepperoni (leftovers can be frozen) – Fresh Ham (leftovers can be frozen)
Spread a tablespoon of tomato purée over each flatbread, leaving about 0.5cm around the edge. Your leftover tomato puree can be frozen in an ice cube tray to avoid any waste.
Sprinkle with mixed herbs, then add a handful of frozen (or fresh) grated cheddar and a few pieces of torn mozzarella along with your frozen toppings of choice. Any large pieces (such as chunky pineapple) will need to be cut down before putting on your pizza to ensure they cook through fully. If you’re using fresh cheese or toppings, the leftovers can be frozen to use another day.
Select Air Fry on your Air Fryer and set the temperature to 200°C and time to 5 minutes.
Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the toppings are piping hot and the cheese is golden brown.