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Making The Most Out Of Delivery Pizza: 3 Tips For Keeping Leftover Pizza Fresh For The Next Day

by Peppi Hautala

Pizza is considered to be a staple in the American diet, so much so that 1 in 8 Americans eat pizza on any given day. The cheesy goodness combined with a variety of toppings baked on soft dough provides an explosion of flavor. Although pizza delivered straight to your home is the best, leftover pizza can still be equally as delicious with these 3 tips.

Never Leave Pizza Out Overnight

It's tempting to leave any leftover slices you have sitting in the cardboard box it came in on your countertops for the next day. However, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pizza can only be left out at room temperature for up to two hours before it should be stored in the refrigerator or in a cooled location with a temperature of at most 40 degrees Fahrenheit. After two hours, the cheese on your pizza is at risk of being contaminated with food-borne bacteria, and can cause illnesses.

Microwave Leftover Pizza with a Cup of Water

Although many Americans don't mind eating cold pizza, the original chewy goodness of the crust may still be in the back of your mind. If you're looking to reheat leftover pizza, it's hard to create the original texture of the day before without having to use an oven or a skillet. Even then, pizza crusts tend to get brittle when it is reheated the next day.

The easiest way to get that chewy goodness from the day before is to microwave your pizza with a cup of water. You want to place the slice of pizza you are heating up on top of a ceramic mug that has been filled two-thirds full with water. As the water in the mug evaporates, the moisture will prevent the pizza crust from becoming brittle.

Jazz Up The Leftovers

Another great way of making sure your leftover pizza tastes amazing is to jazz it up by adding new ingredients. For example, you might want to consider drizzling a bit of olive oil and sprinkling some cheese or fresh basil or pesto on top when you are reheating the pizza. These fresh ingredients will really bring out the flavor of the pizza and enhance the overall dining experience. It's easy for some of the herbs from the day before to lose their flavor or potency.


Leftover pizza can be eaten cold, and still be delicious; however, there are plenty of ways that you can enhance the flavors or retain the chewy goodness of the crust. Once you have mastered these skills, you'll want to get pizza like Chuck's Pizza delivered more often.