In my household, quiche is a popular dish to make for holidays and special occasions. A family member once asked me how long quiche lasts, and I didn’t have a good answer. I mean, I know it has egg in it, but does how it’s made somehow preserve it better? So, I looked into the matter, and this is what I found out.
Once baked, quiche will only keep for about 3-5 days in the fridge. However, in the freezer, it will last for approximately 2-3 months.
How long quiche lasts:
|In the Refrigerator (40 °F)||In the Freezer (0 °F)|
|Baked Quiche||3-5 Days||2-3 Months|
Read on to learn more details including proper storage guidelines and how to tell if quiche has gone bad.
Does Quiche Need to Be Refrigerated?
Although not necessary, if left at room temperature, quiche will last only a few hours before it expires. This is perfectly fine, especially when serving it to multiple guests, as there is a reasonable expectation of the quiche being entirely consumed in a short amount of time.
However, if you are only consuming a small portion of the quiche at a time, the best option is to store directly in your refrigerator. This will extend your quiche’s shelf life to about 3-5 days. Just make sure you use a quality airtight container (Click the link to see my favorite one on Amazon).
Additionally, you can either store the quiche as a whole or cut it into portions to be consumed much later (freezing).
How Long Can Quiche Sit Out?
Due to its heavy composition of dairy ingredients, quiche will only endure about 3 hours of room temperature. Do not get discouraged, however, as this does not impair you from consuming the quiche after the 3-hour period. It is a mere suggestion to ensure you enjoy the utmost freshness and overall texture of a freshly baked quiche.
If the quiche was left out over an 8-hour period, more than likely, it has gone bad and should not be consumed. This is especially important if it was under direct sunlight or heat. Check for signs of expiration but to be safe, toss and bake a new one if desired.
How Long Does Quiche Stay Good in the Fridge?
If stored properly, quiche will retain its freshness for about 3-5 days in your fridge. This is ideal when using quiche as a meal-prep solution. Making a decently-sized quiche will yield multiple meals throughout your workweek.
Pro Tip: To retain the crisp outer crust and overall freshness of the quiche after being refrigerated, preheat your convection oven (or regular oven) to 325 – 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your quiche on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Warm for about 15-20 minutes. Remove carefully from the oven and enjoy!
Can a Quiche Be Frozen?
Quiche may be placed in your freezer either before or after the baking process–your choice. If you are planning on consuming your quiche after freezing, do not thaw. Simply preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for about 25-30 minutes.
Always ensure you reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit before consumption.
How Long Will Quiche Last in the Freezer?
When storing quiche in the freezer, its shelf life is about 2-3 months (already baked). If you are freezing an unbaked quiche, set a reminder to bake before the 1-month mark.
Ensure your quiche is fully covered and not exposed to avoid freezer burn. This will inevitably alter the taste and the beautiful crust you expect from a perfectly cooked quiche.
How Do You Keep (Store) Leftover Quiche?
Storing quiche is very simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plastic wrapping
- Airtight container
- Space in your fridge or freezer
Tightly wrap your leftover quiche (either in individual slices or as a whole) and place it into an airtight container for safe storing. Here is the type that I recommend, found on Amazon.
Tip: If you do not currently own an airtight container, simply replace it with a gallon zip-lock bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal. These work just as well and perform eloquently in the freezer!
Does Quiche Go Bad?
Quiche is a pastry-type breakfast dish packed with savory custard mainly consisting of eggs and other dairy products. In fact, most other filler ingredients consist of either meats and vegetables, or a mixture of both. Because of these ingredients, quiche has a very short shelf life.
Quiche should be consumed fresh, and the longer it sits, the more you lose out on flavor and overall texture. Bake, let cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy.
How Can You Tell If Beef Quiche Has Gone Bad?
Although delicious when fresh, beef quiche can become rancid surprisingly fast. To avoid eating expired quiche, here are some tips on what to look for when checking your dish’s freshness:
- Appearance- Look for any visible signs of discoloration, mold, or separation.
- Texture- Quiche has a soft but firm texture. It should not feel tough or rigid.
- Fluid- Your quiche should never contain liquid around the base.
- Smell- If it smells rancid or rotten, throw away.
- Taste- If everything else checks out, but the taste is off, still discard.
I hope you have found this article helpful so that your quiche will taste (almost) as good later in the week as when it came out of the oven. Thanks for stoppin’ by for a visit!
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