As every college student knows, pizza will never go wrong. After all, let him sit all night, eat a slice for breakfast and go to class, right? Well, the good news is that most university students have an incredibly powerful immune system or is incredibly lucky because that is not true. Using the pizza contains limits on how long it will take and it is still fair to eat. Meat, cheese and sauces on pizza may become dangerous bacteria if left over for too long at room temperature. Here are some guidelines for using a regular pizza when stored at a later meal.
Remember the pizza is perishable!
Some foods are not perishable, but pizza is not one of them. If you leave it for too long and then eat it, it will be sick. Pizzas have meat and cheese, and they can contain dangerous bacteria, including Staphylococcus, Salmonella and E. coli.
Most pizzas contain trace amounts of these bacteria, but these low levels are not dangerous. As long as the pizza is either hot or cold, it is good to eat. However, if they leave room temperature for too long, bacteria begin to grow, soon they reach a dangerous level that can cause serious illness. A dangerous temperature of 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the normal room temperature range, making the pizza delivery dangerous if it is not deadly.
Understanding the Two-Month Rule
According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), any food, either hot or cold, left at room temperature for 2 hours or longer should be discarded. If the temperature exceeds 90, for example, on an overnight picnic, the food should be discarded only after one hour. The best temperature for hot foods is any temperature that exceeds 140 degrees. Cold foods must be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or less. Although this recommendation applies to the USDA, it applies equally to Toronto pizza as in New York.
Keep in mind that the pizza does not arrive at the right temperature. If you delivered the pizza yourself or the delivery manager had a long journey, the temperature would have dropped below 140 degrees before you started eating it. Use a food thermometer to determine the temperature of your pizza. If it is below 140 ° C, do not miss the maximum 2-hour limit. During the ideal temperature it has cooled down, allowing the growth of harmful bacteria.
Storage Tips for Pizza
If you know that pizza needs more than two hours, use the oven over 140 degrees. Place the oven temperature "keep warm" or similar choice and leave the pizza in the cardboard box in the oven. The pizza box does not burn at this temperature, but it can keep the pizza safe.
After finishing the pizza, store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Many people like to store pizza in the cardboard box. Although this is a good health aspect, the pizza can quickly dry out. You can freeze pizza too. Pizza stored in the fridge is usually good for three or four days. Keep it in the freezer for up to two months.
So the next time you're preparing for a party and getting that cold pizza, do not forget it's the primary site of dangerous bacteria. If you are your host, keep your guests safe by placing the pizza in two hours. Do not forget that there is an abandoned pizza in the past, but every time you do it, you play with fire. Protect yourself when you safely take it every time!