Does Apple Pie Go Bad in The Fridge? (everything you need to know for safe storage)

The fact that apple pie may be cooked ahead of time and set out covered on the counter has been passed down to me for years (thanks Grandma Louise).

 

This has allowed Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings to be spent to the remainder of the dinner rather than wasting time and expensive oven space baking pies (yessir).

 

This leads us to the question: does apple pie go bad in the fridge? After doing the research, here’s what I uncovered…

 

Best Method: Apple pie (or any fruit pie, for that matter) should be refrigerated in the refrigerator, either securely covered with plastic wrap or with a lid on top of it. In the refrigerator, it will keep for up to 4 days, but always check on your leftovers to make sure they are still looking and smelling excellent before consuming them.

 

After conducting more investigation, I discovered additional facts that you should be aware of, so please continue reading…

 

 

Is it necessary to keep apple pie refrigerated?


As long as the apple pie is still whole and has been baked no more than two days, it does not need to be refrigerated. Refrigerate it once you’ve sliced into it or after it’s been sitting out on the counter for more than two days.

 

FYI: If you searched the Internet for information on apple pie, you would come across several sites that stated that you could keep this fruit pie at room temperature for two days after baking it, no matter what the circumstances were.

 

You can surely follow that advise, and nine times out of ten, you’ll be OK as well. It is still best to refrigerate apple pie after it has been sliced into since the process of slicing and serving may introduce bacteria into the pie itself (you have been warned).

 

And if that pie is left out on the counter for more than a day, it will almost certainly develop mold. Granted, the filling contains sugar and acid, which both inhibit bacteria development, but freezing is far more effective at halting this process.

 

Furthermore, if we keep open applesauce in the refrigerator, it only makes sense to store open  pie in the refrigerator as well.

 

Is It Possible to Freeze Apple Pie?


The answer is yes, you can freeze apple pie, and it freezes very well…

 

All you need is a few minutes to divide out the pie and a few pieces of basic kitchen equipment to wrap and box the individual portions. Then it may be stored in the freezer for months at a time.

How to freeze apple pie (or any other fruit pie, for that matter) is as follows:

 

  • Cut up the leftovers into serving sizes.

  • If the piece you’ve been left with is little, you can go to the next stage. Alternatively, if it’s a larger pie, splitting it into a few little dessert-sized servings is the best option. This way, you may defrost only a tiny (or reasonable) portion at a once and avoid scarfing down the entire thing in one sitting, if you so want.

  • Wrap each part individually.

  • There are several possibilities available here. Each one can be placed in an airtight container if you have enough room for them. This assures that the pie will not be squished by other items on the table. Alternatively, you may use freezer bags, freezer wrap, or plain old plastic wrap to wrap your frozen foods. Whatever method you use, be sure that each component is firmly wrapped in plastic wrap.

  • Place each individual part in the freezer, and you’re finished!

 

Apple pie may be stored in the freezer for at least 4 months and probably longer without deteriorating in quality…

 

Consequently, if you’re concerned that a bunch of apples you’ve stored may go bad (here’s how long apples can be stored), making an apple pie and freezing it is an easy remedy.

 

Apple Pie: How Long Does It Last


Counter Fridge Freezer
Whole apple pie: 1 – 2 days or until sliced 4 – 5 days 4+ months
Leftover apple pie: 2 – 4 days 4+ months

 

FYI: Apple pie will keep at room temperature for 2 days and in the refrigerator for an additional 2 to 3 days after being baked…

 

It is safe to consume for around 2 to 4 days after it has been sliced into after it has been cooked, depending on how long ago it was prepared. If you freeze it, the quality will last for at least 4 months after it is defrosted.

Just so you know, they are only educated guesses that work the majority of the time. Sometimes, even after 5 days in the refrigerator, your apple pie will still be completely fine and delicious.

 

On the other hand, you can be unfortunate and find mold after two days of refrigeration. That appears to be an appropriate time to bring up the subject of apple pie spoiling.

 

How Can You Tell If Your Apple Pie Is Inedible?


You must rely on your senses to determine whether or not your apple is still safe to consume or not. Take a look at the following:

 

  • If those leftovers have been sitting in the fridge for more than a week, they are generally not safe to eat, even if they appear delicious. Toss them in the trash.

  • Both the surface and the filling are important… Examine the area for any evidence of fuzzy mold or any other discolorations. If this is the case, that apple pie is doomed. It’s also not a good idea to trim away the moldy portion of the filling since mold may readily infiltrate the filling.

  • It’s the scent… If your apple pie smells odd in any manner (e.g., fermented or anything similar), you should discard it immediately.

  • It’s all about the flavor… If everything appears to be in order and smells well, the pie is likely to be edible. Giving a little quantity of food a taste before gulping it down is the last thing on your to-do list when you’re hungry. If something appears to be amiss, err on the side of caution and throw it away.

 

Things that may be done to make apple pies last longer…

 

There are a few things you can do to ensure that your apple pies remain longer in the refrigerator:

 

  • Refrigerate as soon as possible after baking to prevent spoilage.

  • If you do not refrigerate apple pies made with sugar after baking them, you may safely store them at room temperature in a cool, dry spot away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.

  • If you are making apple pies without sugar or with artificial sweeteners, you must refrigerate them within 2 hours of baking them.


  • Keep the pie well-covered to prevent contamination from the air.

  • Preferably, use a knife or pie server that has been specifically designated for this particular pie in order to avoid cross-contamination with other foods.

  • Once an apple pie has been chilled and is ready to be served, it should not be left out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.

  • Apple pies may be frozen after 4 days if you want to utilize them at a later time. The container you use must be freezer-safe in order for this to be successful. 

 

What is the best way to thaw frozen apple pie?


The apple pie can be thawed on the counter or in the refrigerator. For most portions, defrosting at room temperature takes between an hour and two hours, depending on how large the piece is.

 

If you decide to use the refrigerator, make sure to put the apple pie in there in the evening so that it will be ready the following day. It’s important to remember that if you defrost an apple pie on the counter, you should consume it immediately.

 

If you chose to store the pie in the refrigerator, it will be OK for another day or two. That implies that if you’re thawing a large piece of meat, the refrigerator is the best option.

 

 

Related Questions:


1. Is it possible to leave an apple pie out overnight?

 

Apple pies and other handmade fruit pies may be securely refrigerated at room temperature for up to a day or more. These pies may be stored at room temperature for up to two days before needing to be transferred to a refrigerator for storage. When keeping your pie, make sure it’s tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or in a well-sealed container.

 

2. Is it necessary to keep Costco apple pie refrigerated?

 

As long as the apple pie is still whole and has been baked no more than two days, it does not need to be refrigerated. Refrigerate it once you’ve sliced into it or after it’s been sitting out on the counter for more than two days.

 

3. How long can you leave an apple pie out?

 

Made apple pies can be kept at room temperature for up to two days after they have been baked. If the pie has been cut into slices, wrap it loosely in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. When stored in the refrigerator, lightly wrapped with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, apple pie will survive for an additional 2 to 3 days.

 

 

Final Thoughts


So, what did we learn in class today? We now know that apple pie (or any fruit pie, for that matter) should be kept refrigerated, either tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or covered with a lid.

 

It can keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator but always check on your leftovers to make sure they are still looking and smelling great before eating them. Also, the apple pie does not need to be refrigerated if it is still whole and has just been made for two days.

 

Once you’ve cut into it or it’s been out on the counter for more than two days, refrigerate it. FYI: If you looked up apple pie on the Internet, you’d find multiple sites that said you could keep the fruit pie at room temperature for two days after baking it, no matter what the conditions were.

 

You can certainly follow that advice, and you’ll be OK nine times out of ten. After slicing and serving an apple pie, it’s still preferable to keep it refrigerated since the slicing and serving procedure might introduce germs into the pie.

 

Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness and respect… Until next time!

Does Apple Pie Go Bad in The Fridge? (everything you need to know for safe storage)