By John Smith

Nothing brings to mind the comforts of home like fresh baked pie. Flaky crusts filled with sweet warm fruit are no doubt the best, but if kept out will lost their freshness a few hours after baking; if left out more than 2 days it can become unsafe to eat. If you don't plan on eating the pie right away, try these steps to preserve flavor and freshness.

Entire Apple Pie
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Step 1

Allow the pie to cool, and when it reaches about room temp, cover with aluminum foil. Fruit pies will keep naturally, so leaving it out and covered will be fine, if you plan on eating it in this time period. If you live in a warm, humid climate, this time frame decreases to about 24 hours.

Step 2

If you want to hang on to the pie for a while longer, you'll need to refrigerate it. Leave it out, covered with foil, for the first two days, and then move it to the refrigerator for the following three days.

Step 3

If you want to freeze pie for use at later date, it will keep for 6-8 months in a freezer. After removing it from the oven, allow the pie to cool completely to room temp.Take freezer wrap or heavy duty tin-foil and wrap the entire pie tightly. Place into a heavy duty freezer bag and leave in the freezer.