How Long After Buying Takeaway Pizza Can You Still Eat It?
Pizza is possibly the best food ever. I know everyone says it all the time, but we're at a point where if you press your phone in the right place - someone will deliver a pizza to your door.
It's hot, it's cheesy, it's personalisable, you can even get that bad boy with a stuffed crust. Mate, it's the king of foods.
However, when you get a takeaway, it's common to eat most of it and then leave some for the next day. Everyone does this. But, how safe is it to eat it?!
I've seen people eat pizza that's been left out for days. Gross, I know. I'm one of those kinds of people who will wrap it up in tin foil and put it in the fridge. Deal with it.
Well, I spoke to the Food Standards Agency to find out exactly what is safe and what isn't.
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A spokesperson said: "If you choose to keep hot takeaway pizza as leftovers, then you should make sure it's cooled down at room temperature within 2 hours. Takeaway leftovers should be stored, covered and kept in a fridge for up to two days. An exception to this is rice based dished which should only be kept for one day.
"You can also freeze takeaway food for up to three months but its quality is likely to diminish over time. If takeaway food is frozen, the food should be fully reheated within 24 hours of it being fully defrosted.
"Always defrost the food in the fridge. Before eating, also make sure the leftover food is reheated thoroughly by reaching a core temperature of 70˚C for 2 minutes or equivalent."
Wait a minute - you can freeze takeaway?! For up to three months?! This is amazing information. Especially for the students among you who tend to spend student loans within days and then regret it a few months down the line.
Also, the fact you shouldn't eat pizza that's been left out over two hours is concerning. But hey, now you know.