It’s summer time and a favorite summertime dessert is PIE! We often get questions on how a pie should be stored—on the counter or in the refrigerator? Here’s a look at the different kinds of pies and how to store them.
Fruit Pies made with Sugar. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), fruit pies are food-safe at room temperature for up to two days. This recommendation is based upon fruit pies made with sugar as the combination of sugar and acid in the fruit is sufficient to retard bacterial growth. If additional storage time is needed, the pie may be stored loosely wrapped in the refrigerator for two more days. Fruit pies freeze quite well. To freeze a fruit pie, place them uncovered in the freezer until frozen solid, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil and place back in the freezer for up to four months. Thaw at room temperature for one hour and if desired, reheat at 375°F until warm for about 30 minutes.
Custard, Cream, Mousse, Chiffon, and Fresh Fruit Pies. These soft pies need to be refrigerated until ready to serve and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. Soft pies do not freeze successfully so enjoy while fresh.
Pumpkin, Pecan and other Pies containing Eggs. Pies containing eggs should be eaten as soon as possible after baking and cooling. Otherwise, these pies should be refrigerated. They keep well in the refrigerator for up to four days. Both pumpkin and pecan pies can be frozen with some success for up to two months. In freezing, they loose some of their integrity; the filling may separate a bit and the crust may get soggy. To freeze these pies, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and foil or place in an air-tight freezer bag. Thaw the pies in the refrigerator before using.
Pies made with a Sugar Substitute. Sugar acts as a preservative, helps retain moisture, and keeps baked-goods fresher longer. Therefore, it is best to consume pies made with Equal or SPLENDA® in 1-2 days. These products are best stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. If you want to keep pies made with sugar substitutes longer, they should be frozen by wrapping in plastic and foil or in an air-tight freezer bag. These pies can be frozen successfully for for up to two months.