How Long Does Pie Last?

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How Long Does Pie Last? How Long Does Pie Last? I get asked this question all the time by friends and family when they come over and I tell them that I just tossed the last couple slices because it had essentially expired. It is the million dollar question and concern however, for anyone thinking about making a pie and wondering how long it would last?

Now, mind you, I’m referring to homemade pie, not store bought pie.

How long does pie last depends on a variety of things, such as ‘how it was prepared’ and ‘how the pie was stored?’

Table: How Long Does Pie Last

FridgeratorFreezer
Fruit Pies2-3 days6-8 months
Fruit Pies (Fresh Fruit)1-2 days
Cream Pies2-3 days6 months
Custard Pies2-3 days
Pumpkin Pies2-4 days6-8 months
Pot Pies (Savory)2-4 days6-8 months
Pie Crust Mix6-8 weeks
Refrigerator Pie Crust4-6 weeks6-8 months
Frozen Puff Pastry1-2 days8-10 months
Baked Puff Pastry1-2 weeks6-8 months

How to Properly store PIE

So now that you have a better understanding of generally, how long various types of pies last, let’s learn how to properly store PIE so we can extend its life just a little bit longer, eh?

It should go without saying that placing your PIE in the refrigerator can and will EXTEND the ‘shelf life’ (how long the pie will last) of your PIE. So after cutting some slices, in the fridge goes the pie. Keep it refrigerated as much as possible.

A just made, un-cut fruit pie can sit on the counter for 2 days. Cream pies should, of course, always be in the fridge. Once cut, all manner of pies should be wrapped and refrigerated.

When you are ready to place you pie into the fridge, be sure to store it in a tightly closed container or wrapped with plastic wrap to keep all air out.

For long-term storage, you can freeze your pie while still preserving its taste, if you use an air-tight freezer safe container.

How to tell if PIE has gone bad

This is important, because you definitely don’t want to get sick or ill eating a slice of pie that has gone bad. I know it’s tempting! Especially if it looks fine, and if there is a lot left and you don’t want to waste it (speaking from experience!).

When talking about ‘How long does pie last’ we absolutely need to address what happens when the pie has ‘lasted’ BEYOND what I have listed in the table above.

TRUST YOUR SENSES! Look at the crust. The pie crust is usually the first item to show signs, that the pie is going bad. What happens is that the pie filling will begin to lose water, which will in-turn, make the crust soggy. This is a sign that the pie is bad and should be discarded immediately.

Also look for mold and if after all this, you don’t see soggy crust or mold but it doesn’t smell right? Discard it immediately. Better safe than sorry right?

Pie storage for the Fridge and the Freezer
HOW LONG DOES PIE LASTWith the Miles Kimball Pie Keeper, your desserts stay moist and delicious in this hinged-lid pie storage container. It’s deep enough to accommodate tall meringues or fancy cream pies. In durable plastic, the pie container holds up to an 11″ glass or metal pie plate in fridge or freezer, keeping air out and freshness in. Dishwasher safe. 3 1/4″ high x 11 3/4″ diameter.

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