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Nov 30, 2010 09:03 AM

What about pie?

I don't want to hijack the thread about the turkey sitting out for two days...

My husband thinks I'm nuts that I put the apple and pumpkin pies in the I the only that does this? it seems to me that they SHOULD be refrigerated... with all that moisture and the warmth in the kitchen, wouldn't that be a haven for nasty stuff to grow?

who else refrigerates their holiday pies?

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  1. I do, not so much for food safety, but just because I like cold pie, esp. for breakfast.

    But rest assured, you can leave pie out for at least a couple of days (if not more). All that sugar retards spoilage.

    8 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      Pie for breakfast is my Favorite Friday after Thanksgiving treat, followed very closely by turkey brie and cranberry pannini

      1. re: cgarner

        I could eat cold pie for breakfast just about everyday if circumstances allowed for it.

        Cold pie + hot coffee = beautiful start of the day.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          When I make pie, I'm never thinking of eating it that night. Cold peach pie as a summer breakfast. Heaven.

          1. re: onceadaylily

            Cold apple pie and hot coffee on a winter morning--(almost) makes me wish winter would hurry up and get here.

            1. re: gaffk

              I am going into the kitchen to make a pumpkin pie right now. Breakfast in the morning fo' sho. :)

              1. re: gaffk

                It's blowing your way, gaffk. It's thirty degrees in Chicago (I live in the first northern suburb, but refuse to say 'Chicagoland', because that makes us sound like a giant used car lot). The first snow is predicted tonight. I'm making the boyfriend's favorite cookies, but plan on having the last of the apple crisp myself.

                Apple crisp, a variation of pie worth eating cold, maybe with an Irish coffee.

                1. re: onceadaylily

                  Oooh, I had a boyfriend who went to CIA. Apple crisp and coffee on a Sunday morning . . . that was heaven.

                  Irish coffee? Much later in the day ;)

                  1. re: gaffk

                    What I love about apple crisp is that it takes but a minute to prepare, and there's no ensuing guilt over homemade pie crust vs store-bought. Apples, oats, and sugar.

                    It's almost seven in the dark light here, and the Jameson's is just *sitting* there.

      2. We had a pumpkin pie and an apple pie at Thanksgiving, the leftovers remained on the counter until they were gone. I at the last piece yesterday (mon.), with no ill effects.

        1. We always covered them tightly and stuck them in the garage, which was obviously much cooler than the house. Never refrigerated them, though. I do now because I think cold pumpkin pie is one of the most delicious things in the world. :)

          1. Refrigerating baked goods changes the texture - I learned this while working at a bakery years ago. We never put cakes, brownies, cookies in the fridge unless we were selling them as "past their prime." We did, however, chill custard pies if they survived the first day.

            6 Replies
            1. re: mojoeater

              Even with a cream cheese frosting or a cheesecake? I am always iffy about leaving out anything cream cheese.

              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                Eh, it's already cheese! What's gonna happen? ;)

                1. re: Sal Vanilla

                  Cream cheese frosting is not highly perishable, being made of cultured dairy products and sugar. It will spoil faster than if refrigerated, but it's not going to spoil overnight on the counter.

                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                    I've never seen cream cheese frosting go bad. Cheesecake never sat around for more than a day. And they both taste sooooo much better at room temp!

                  2. re: mojoeater

                    Exactly - it spoils the pastry.
                    The only pies I have ever refrigerated are cream or custard, as you must. No-one has ever fallen ill as as a result!

                    1. re: weewah

                      "Exactly - it spoils the pastry. "
                      well, that depends on your personal preference. i never bothered eating the crust of fresh apple pie (back when i could eat conventional pastry) - the only part that appealed to me was the filling. *however* it was an entirely different story once those leftovers had been sitting in the fridge at least overnight. all that wonderful goo from the filling had a chance to seep into the bottom crust and turn it into a dense, chewy layer of sweet apple-y deliciousness. now THAT was heaven. it had to be eaten cold to keep the texture right - i just pushed the filling aside and went to town :)

                  3. I think it depends on the pie. I wouldn't feel compelled to stick a straightforward apple or cherry pie in the fridge for safety reasons alone, but if it has a filling with any cream or milk (and many of mine do), or any eggs, then in it goes. The boyfriend dislikes refrigerated pies, so I operate on a case-by-case basis, simply in the name of compromise. I always refrigerate pumpkin pie, being a custardy thing.