Leftover Pizza Should Never Go in the Fridge [DEBATE]
Okay, check your Food Safety guidelines at the door, because things are about to get real subjective in here.
It's late at night, and you've just stuffed yourself to the gills with that large pizza that you ordered—for one. Yeah, maybe it was a little gluttonous on your part, but you've got a plan: refrigerate the leftover slices, then heat them up and enjoy them anew for lunch the next day. (Or don't... heat them up, that is.)
But before you throw those slices in a plastic resealable bag (or, if you're lazy like me, just put the whole damn pizza box into the fridge)—you may be shocked to hear that the best way to enjoy your pie the next day is to forego this step altogether.
According to Adina Steinman of Epicurious, the best way to eat leftover pizza is to not refrigerate it at all. And don't just leave it out of the fridge: eat it at room temperature, without reheating.
She claims that the crust stays crispy and the higher temperature keeps the grease from congealing—and that keeping it out saves the step of reheating your pizza. But what about your slices becoming a ripe harvesting ground for bacteria? Well, apparently her cousins never suffered any kind of food-borne illness from eating un-refrigerated pizza slices, although she stresses that this is anecdotal and to only give this shortcut a try "if you feel your own stomach is similarly iron-clad."
I won't lie—I've been desperate enough to eat room temperature pizza the next day, but it was only after a particularly reckless night out, and it wasn't pretty. I did lose some respect for myself... but hey, I didn't get sick, so I can't totally dismiss this idea.
Check out the original article here, and let us know in the comments whether you've given this 'tip' a try or if you think it's utterly disgusting.