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PIZZA, COOKED, LEFTOVERS - HOMEMADE OR TAKE-OUT

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3-4 days
Freezer
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1-2 months

Tips

  • How long does leftover pizza last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate pizza within two hours of cooking or purchasing.
  • To maximize the shelf life of leftover pizza for safety and quality, refrigerate the pizza in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Properly stored, leftover pizza will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To further extend the shelf life of leftover pizza, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
  • How long does leftover pizza last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 1 to 2 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - leftover pizza that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does leftover pizza last after being frozen and thawed? Leftover pizza that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; pizza that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How long does leftover pizza last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; leftover pizza should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if leftover pizza is bad? If leftover pizza develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

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