Do you have some old pizza in your fridge and you are hungry. Thinking about eating it? You might want to read this article first.
How long does pizza last in the refrigerator?
Four days. Anything after four days is expired. If you’ve kept it longer than four days, it’s ruined.
If your slice is older than that, then it would be unwise to consume it.
I would say that these rules apply to both homemade, frozen pizza and takeaway leftover pizza.
What’s The Best Way To Store Pizza In The Refrigerator?
The best way to store leftover pizza is to put it in a covered airtight container. You can cover it with anything really like aluminum foil or plastic wrap so long as the top is covered. It is not advisable to place a slice of pizza in a plastic bag because moisture will start to develop inside the bag and make the slice soggy.
I would also recommend that you wait until the pizza has cooled down before putting it in the fridge. This way, there is no chance for the slices to become soggy.
It’s also good idea to refrigerate leftover pizza right away rather than keeping it in the refrigerator for a few days so that you can eat it within a few days. If you have time, you can freeze leftover pizza. If you’re not planning on eating it within a couple of days then a best way to store leftovers is to store them in the freezer.
Can You Eat Week Old Pizza?
No. Pizza is a perfect food. It can be eaten hot out of the oven, warmed up for breakfast the next day, or cold after a few days in the fridge. There are however some exceptions when it comes to eating week old pizza.
If your pizza is extremely wet (ie. with tomato sauce), then you should avoid eating it at all costs since the bacteria will multiply quickly in this environment and you will end up sick.
Can Week Old Pizza Make You Sick?
Yes, it can.
If your pizza is very moist and you don’t know how old it is then you will increase the risk of getting sick.
Bacteria multiply rapidly in a wet environment and if your slice is more than four days old then you should avoid eating it, otherwise you risk getting food poisoning.
The fact that you are in you own home also increases the risk of food poisoning since there is no one to clean up the mess when you end up puking in your bathroom.
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How Can You Tell That Pizza Is Bad?
What does bad pizza smells like? If your pizza is bad it will have a very pungent smell.
Smells like moldy bread, or old cheese are both very strong indicators that your pizza is bad.
Avoid any slices that have these smells, because if the slice doesn’t smell this way something else on there probably will… and it won’t be anything good.
What Does Bad Pizza Taste Like?
The taste of bad pizza is not very pleasant.
The slice will be dry since the moisture has evaporated, but other than that there are no real indicators that it is bad other than your nose telling you otherwise.
If you smell anything off, then I would say avoid eating it.
Can Pizza Give You Food Poisoning?
Yes. To avoid food poisoning from spoiled pizza, don’t eat anything older than 4 days.
I have heard that pepperoni slices of pizza is the safest to eat, so you might want to try that first if you are still hungry after four days.
Can you eat week old leftover pizza? Probably not. The more moisture the slice has in it, the less you can eat it.
Try to avoid eating anything that is older than 4 days since it is likely already bad.