Have you ever eyed your leftovers late at night and wondered - just how long is pizza good for in the fridge? Here we'll tell you whether it's safe to tuck into that takeout or not!
Pizza is one of those foods that we tend to over-order, particularly when everyone wants a different topping and we end up with several different pizzas! Despite our heroic efforts to eat them all in one sitting, we often have lots of leftover pizza sitting in the fridge.
But for how long is it still safe for consumption?
Well, the most important thing to take into account before thinking about eating leftover pizza is how quickly it went into the fridge once it cooled down.
Pizza needs to be refrigerated within 2 hours of receiving it (or preparing it, if homemade) for it to be safe to reheat. If you left your pizza sitting in the box for hours before deciding to save it for another day, don't risk storing it. Just toss it instead.
So, assuming your pizza was refrigerated in that time frame, you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. Any longer than that and you risk the growth of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.
If your pizza is topped with something very perishable - like shrimp - then we'd recommend using up the leftovers within 24 hours, just to be on the safe side.
How to store pizza in the fridge
To keep refrigerated pizza as fresh as possible, wrap it tightly in foil. Alternatively, place it in an airtight container.
Another option is to freeze the pizza. If you've just had a pizza feast, you may not feel like facing it again within the next four days! Again, wrap it in foil before placing it in the freezer, or store it in an airtight container, where it will last for up to 2 months.
How to reheat leftover pizza
So you've discovered your pizza is safe to eat - so what's the best way to reheat it and still retain its texture?
First off, skip the microwave. Yes, it's quick and easy, but it makes the crust chewy and hard to get your teeth through!
The easiest option is to use the oven. Just heat it to 450°F and place the pizza on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Bake for about 10 mins, by which time the cheese should be bubbly and the crust crisp!
If you only have a couple of slices to heat, an even easier option is using the skillet! Heat a regular skillet to a high heat and pop the slices in, immediately reducing the heat to medium and cooking them for a few minutes.
Homemade pizza ideas
Pizza makes a great takeout treat, but you can create some fab pizzas at home at a fraction of the cost.
This Homemade Cheese Pizza is the simplest of all and totally foolproof, as is this Puff Pastry Pepperoni Pizza.
For something a little different, try this Indian Cauliflower Pizza - sounds unusual, tastes great!
We also love these Tortilla Pizzas with Sundried Tomatoes & Spinach, which are a snap to throw together!