Just How Long is Pizza Good for in the Fridge?

You're hungry for lunch but not feeling like making something new since it's just for you. You crack open the fridge and see the pizza left over from… when did you order it? Saturday? Friday? It's probably fine right… how long is pizza good for in the fridge you wonder. If you're like the millions of other Americans who eat leftover pizza, you may have experienced this exact moment. Well, this time on the Streets of New York blog we're going to help answer that question!

First, Let's Talk "Danger Zone"

The "Danger Zone" is what food scientists dub the range of temperatures from 40 °F - 140 °F. This range of temperature is where bacteria can grow the best, doubling in numbers in as little as 20 minutes. The longer it's out the more bacteria grow and the higher the risk for food-borne illness. 

So How Long Can Pizza Last on the Counter?

We're all guilty of leaving the pizza on the counter for perhaps a bit too long but how long is really too long? According to those same scientists, if your pizza has sat out in the Danger Zone for longer than two hours it's no longer safe to eat. This is the case for not just pizza but all food that's perishable. So if you want to enjoy your leftover pizza tomorrow, make sure you don't let it sit out for longer than two hours!

How Long Is Pizza Good for in the Fridge?

The fridge obviously is out of the Danger Zone, most fridges sit just under 40°F, so how long can leftovers last in there? Great news! As long as your fridge stays out of the danger zone, your pizza could be safe to eat for up to four days! After that the potential for food-borne illnesses increases, but not at the same rate as the Danger Zone. Five days may be safe, but you're cutting it close. 

It's worth it to mention here that pizza sitting in the fridge for four days isn't going to still be 'fresh,' of course, or have the same quality of flavor and texture, just that it shouldn't cause you any health issues when eating it.

Leftovers for some folks are half the reason to order the 18" when a 14" might do fine. If you're one of those people then feel safe that you can eat that pizza for up to 4 days no worries. Much more than that though and you're better off ordering up a new pie! When that time comes, or when you need to restock your leftovers, order your pizza delivery from us at Streets of New York to take advantage of great daily deals on pizza, appetizers, wings, and more!