I just love those yummy swirls of spaghetti every now and then. I mean, who would say “No, thanks” to a hearty serving of spaghetti, right?
It is a classic dish that everyone seems to enjoy—it’s not only delicious but it’s very simple to cook, too. It is also popular on parties and gatherings that is why spaghetti is often cooked in great quantities by most people.
Cooking large amount of spaghetti is okay, there’s always the fridge to save the day. But, what I hate the most is throwing out such precious dish. Not intentionally, but because you probably forgot about its existence that it starts to release a reeking smell inside the fridge to say that it’s still there. It just happens and you just can’t do anything about it. It is too late!
This is why I took a research trip in order to find out everything about proper storage and how long should spaghetti last in the fridge. I don’t want anyone throwing out spaghetti outside their house like confetti, so here we go!
Storage Life of Spaghetti
Spaghetti, like any other cooked foods, can quickly spoil when it is left at room temperatures. This is because bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 to 140 degrees F. When you left spaghetti at a said temperature range, then it can quickly go rancid in just 2 hours.
When you store spaghetti in the fridge, its shelf life can be extended for up to 3 to 5 days and can still be enjoyed the next day.
The fridge would be okay, but the best option for storage in the freezer. When you freeze cooked spaghetti, you can consume it safely after 2 months time. The quality is not as great as freshly cooked spaghetti; however, it is still edible and good enough to be used for other recipe dishes.
Proper Storage of Spaghetti
Spaghetti can be tricky to store since the strands have the tendency to stick together when under low temperatures. You can solve this problem by drizzling a teaspoon of vegetable oil (preferably olive oil since it is more flavor and healthier than other oils) while the pasta is still warm.
Once it completely cooled down, it can now be stored. When storing spaghetti, you need to watch out for these 2 factors: air and moisture. You need to put the spaghetti in an airtight container if possible and try to separate into batches if you have a lot of leftovers. This is because big chunks of spaghetti can stay warmer for longer and can attract air which generates more moisture.
In case you do not have airtight containers, sealable bags are the next best option you have. You can press extra air out of your spaghetti in order to preserve it for a longer period of time.
Extra Tip: In case you made a lot of spaghetti, then it would be a smart move to not blend the sauce and pasta altogether. If possible, keep the sauce separated from the pasta since a pasta with spaghetti sauce is easier to get spoiled.
Accept the fact that:
No matter how you protect or store your spaghetti, it will surely go bad for about 4 to 5 days. So, if I were you, better consume it the next day after storing it.
If by any chance you wish to extend its storage life, then you need to take it to the extreme— the freezer.
Freezers can ultimately preserve your spaghetti. But that does not mean that you can forget everything about it. No, you can’t! The freezer can only promise a 2 months extended life to your spaghetti, so better check it from time to time.
Reheating Your Frozen or Refrigerated Spaghetti
Now, here’s the part where you convince yourself to open the fridge and take out that spaghetti for reheating.
Reheating leftover spaghetti is actually easy. You can do it by microwave or a hot water.
Using the microwave
This is the easier method between the two. When reheating spaghetti on a microwave, make sure to sprinkle some water on the spaghetti in order to retrieve some moisture and vigorously stir it before putting it on the microwave. Use your microwave’s reheat setting and set it for more than 1 minute.
Using hot water
For people without a microwave at their disposal, they can always rely on boiling water. Put your pasta in a pot of boiling water with a bit of salt for about 30 seconds. Drain the pasta. Reheating the sauce can be done on a saucepan for a few minutes. After that, you can mix the pasta and sauce and enjoy your favorite spaghetti sauce.
While these two methods can definitely bring back the life on your favorite dish, I would recommend you to go with the second method. This is because microwave will reheat the strands quickly and kills a lot of nutrients in the process. This will leave the strands tasteless and mushy.
Using hot water, on the other hand, is a slower process which sets the strand on a room temperature slowly which will not damage the spaghetti on a cellular level, thus making it more tasty and nutritious.
Swirling It Up
And there you have it, folks!
With proper storage, spaghetti can last for about 4 to 5 days in the fridge and approximately 2 months in the freezer.
Spaghetti is a very popular pasta dish that I’m sure you will continue to cook and serve for many years to come. Now, that you have an idea on how long will it last and how to extend its shelf life, I hope you no longer need to think twice about cooking your favorite spaghetti recipe as many as you want.
I hope you find this article informative. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to voice it out at the comment section below.
Until then, happy twisting, swirling and slurping!