Two days ago was National Pizza Day, and hopefully you all enjoyed it by going out and indulging in at least a slice of warm, cheesy and saucy, doughy deliciousness. Some of you may have gotten more pizza than you could eat, so now you’ve got those precious leftovers. Some people are good about finishing leftovers the next day. But sometimes the next day you’re just not feeling the same food you had the day before, or maybe you just have other meal plans. So how long can you hold on to your pizza leftovers?
According to the article “How Long Is My Leftover Pizza Still Safe to Eat?” on Spoon University, a pizza refrigerated at less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit is safe for about four to five days. After that, there’s a higher risk of contracting a food borne illness.
What about those nights when you leave your pizza sitting out? Most of us are guilty of this at least once. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deems a pizza that’s been sitting out for more than two hours as unsafe to eat.
Takeaway: Eat your leftovers in the fridge as soon as possible, and throw away those that have been left out over night!