A couple of days ago, I made lasagna for dinner and as usual, I made too much, so I had a ton of leftovers.
And right away, I wondered “how long does lasagna last” and “how can I store it so that i can still taste the best flavor after reheating”.
How Long Does Lasagna Last?
Lasagna is a native Italian flat-shaped pasta. It comes with layers of lasagna sheets that are made with different sauces and ingredients.
Although there are various ways to make lasagna, all seem to be similar. It is often made with lasagna noodles or pasta, tomato sauce, ground beef, and ricotta cheese.
That’s why the shelf life of lasagna is dependent on different factors such as how it’s stored, the best by date, and what ingredients are in the lasagna.
If stored accurately in the refrigerator, the lasagna can last up to one week. But, the best thing is to eat it for 3 to 5 days.
In case you want to lengthen its shelf life, freeze it. And it will keep its quality for about 2-3 months.
How To Store Lasagna Accurately?
To store the cooked lasagna easily, you need to cut it into single portions first. Then prepare an airtight container since it helps to prevent contaminants and moisture.
However, if you want to enjoy the leftovers in the next three or four days, then aluminum foil is ideal.
In case you buy frozen lasagna from the supermarket, you just follow instructions from its package to know how to store in the freezer. And take it out when you would like to cook it.
You might want to know how to cook frozen lasagna. Let try my recipe here: How To Cook Frozen Lasagna.
How To Reheat The Lasagna – Do You Know?
After learning about ways to store lasagna, you also should learn how to reheat it with an oven, a microwave, or even a skillet to make it taste delicious just as it would fresh out of the oven.
Using The Oven
- First, preheat the oven to 400’F
- Wrap the lasagna in aluminum foil and put it on a middle shelf of the oven
- Reheat until the fillings start sizzling. Then take a kitchen thermostat to measure the inside temperature and check whether it reaches 165’F or not. Depending on how big the lasagna or how many layers, you might spend about one hour.
Using The Microwave
- Prepare a microwave-safe tray or plate and then put the lasagna into it. Remember to cover with the microwave-safe plastic wrap to avoid splashing.
- Set the defrost mode to thaw the cooked lasagna. Depending on the size, it might take from 5 to 10 minutes.
- Set the heat mode at full power once the lasagna is thawed. For small sizes, reheat for 2 to 3 minutes. For bigger ones, 5 to 10 minutes is the best. Don’t forget to measure the temperature and ensure the lasagna reaches 1650F.
Using The Skillet
- Put the thawed lasagna from the refrigerator in the skillet.
- Heat the stove from medium to high heat.
- Add a bit of water, stock, or pasta sauce along the skillet’s sides to loosen up the lasagna.
- Cover the lid and turn the heat down so that the pasta absorbs the sauce and makes the layers soften.
- Stir around and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
If you need the best result and quickest reheating, make sure you thaw the lasagna in the refrigerator overnight. In case you want a quick reheating from frozen, thaw it in the microwave and then complete it in the oven.
How To Know Whether Lasagna Has Spoiled or Not?
If lasagna has gone bad, you easily recognize it because the noodles are drying out while the tomato sauce or cheese has a sour smell. Additionally, its color is a bit dark.
Or it’s highly probable that you will see the appearance of mold on the surface or entire of the lasagna. For any sign as above, please throw it out instantly.
Now, you have no worries about the question “how long does lasagna last” since you know which factors that the dish depends on.
If you start with the right and fresh ingredients as well as preparing good lasagna pans or other necessary kitchen tools for cooking, your lasagna might not only extend longer but also keep its yummy tasting as always.