An easy breakfast meal to throw together, quiche's buttery pastry and velvety custard filling makes it a standout at both brunch and breakfast. Fill your quiche with cheeses, meats, vegetables and seafood, but ensure you do not do one thing -- leave it out more than two hours at room temperature. Though quiche may seem stable when cooked, it is highly perishable and must be stored accordingly to prevent food borne illness.
There are a couple basics that define a quiche -- a firm, buttery crust and silken egg middle. The flaky pastry crust is packed with buttery flavor and then filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, milk and fillings such as bacon, crab meat, goat cheese, leeks, ham, mushrooms or asparagus. Because the basis of the quiche is made from eggs, dairy and sometimes meat, it is perishable and must be refrigerated. Do not allow a cooked quiche to sit out at room temperature for too long. If storing a quiche, allow it to cool to keep the crust from going soggy, but wrap and refrigerate as soon as possible.
Once cooked, quiche must be stored in the refrigerator within two hours of cooling. Quiche is commonly eaten at room temperature, which is fine in terms of food safety, but it must be refrigerated within this two-hour window. If you are serving quiche at a buffet or brunch, keep it warm using a chafing dish or other food-heating system to maintain a temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit if it will be sitting out for more than two hours. Quiche will, however, dry out if held at high temperatures too long, so avoid over-heating the dish as well.
Quiche should be stored in the refrigerator covered with plastic storage wrap for the best results and success in reheating. Wrapping the entire quiche or cut pieces of it tightly in storage wrap will lock in the moisture and ensure that your quiche reheats well. If you know the quiche will be eaten over several meals within the following days, opt to wrap individual slices of quiche to maintain the taste and texture of the dish as best as possible. As the quiche is exposed to multiple temperature changes and reheated multiple times, the taste and texture will begin to degrade.
Be sure not to store quiche in the refrigerator before it is cooled as the condensation can cause the crust to become soggy during storage. Eat all quiche leftovers within three days of storage in the refrigerator. Quiche also freezes well and may be kept in the freezer for up to three months.
To reheat cold quiche, the oven is the best method to preserve the quality as well as ensure an even heating. Place cut quiche pieces into a baking dish covered with aluminum foil. Heat for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit or until the internal temperature reaches 165 Fahrenheit. Use a kitchen thermometer to ensure the internal temperature. Remove quiche from the oven and serve or cool to room temperature and serve.
Based in Portland, Ore., Maxine Wallace is a writer with more than 12 years of experience. With a bachelor's degree in journalism and experience working on marketing campaigns for large media agencies, she is well-versed in multiple industries including the Internet, cooking, gardening, health, fitness, travel and holistic living.