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Sweet potato pie is a classic southern dessert that’s naturally sweeter than pumpkin pie. While your pie may go bad if you leave it at room temperature, it will keep if you chill it. If you want to save some slices for later, put the pie in your fridge. Otherwise, you can freeze the pie if you want to store it long term. As long as you wrap and cover the pie, you’ll be able to enjoy your pie up to a month after you make it!

Method 1 of 2:
Refrigerating Sweet Potato Pie

  1. 1
    Leave the pie on a wire rack to cool. You can set the entire pie pan on the wire rack so air circulates around it. Keep the pie uncovered and let it cool off completely. Once the pie stops steaming, then it’s safe to put away.[1]
    • It’s okay to eat your pie while it’s still hot and fresh. Just allow it to cool completely before storing it.
    • Avoid putting a hot pie directly in the fridge since it could crack the top or create condensation that affects the texture.
  2. 2
    Cover the pie pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Rip off a piece of plastic wrap or aluminum foil that’s large enough to wrap around the pie pan. Stretch the wrap or foil tight over the top of the pan and press down around the edges firmly.[2]
    • If 1 piece of plastic wrap or foil isn’t large enough, overlap another piece by at least 1 inch (2.5 cm).

    Variation: If you don’t want to put the pie pan in your fridge, cut your pie into slices and put them in a single layer inside a resealable container.

  3. 3
    Store the pie in your fridge for up to 3–4 days. Make space in your fridge for the pie pan and avoid stacking anything on top of it, or else you’ll ruin the top of your pie. After 3–4 days, get rid of any pie that you still have left since it’s more likely to develop bacteria or go bad.[3]
    • You can enjoy your leftover pie chilled or heat it up in your microwave if you prefer it warm.
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Method 2 of 2:
Freezing the Pie

  1. 1
    Let the pie cool completely on a wire rack. If you just baked a fresh sweet potato pie, avoid putting it directly in the freezer. Instead, set the pan on a wire rack and leave it alone to cool off. Once the pie stops steaming and feels cool to the touch, you can store it.[4]
    • Condensation can form on the top of a hot pie if you put it in your freezer and ruin the texture.
  2. 2
    Wrap the pie pan in plastic wrap to make it air-tight. Check that the pie pan is freezer-safe before wrapping it. Rip off a large piece of plastic cling wrap and stretch it over the top of the pie pan. Pull the plastic wrap tight to completely seal the pan. If you can’t wrap the entire pan, use another piece of plastic wrap and overlap the layers by about 1 inch (2.5 cm).[5]
    • If you don’t have a freezer-safe pie pan, cut the pie into slices and arrange them in a single layer in a resealable container.

    Warning: Your pie may develop freezer-burn if you don’t seal the pie pan, which could affect the flavor.

  3. 3
    Put a layer of foil around the outside of the pie pan. Aluminum foil adds an additional layer of protection on the outside of the pie pan. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil large enough and set it on top of your pie. Fold the edges of the foil around the pan until you completely wrap it up. Press the foil down tight to help keep it airtight.[6]
    • Be careful not to rip through the plastic wrap when you’re putting on foil, or else you’ll have to unwrap the pie and start over.
  4. 4
    Keep the pie in the freezer for up to 1 month. Make shelf space for your pie and set the wrapped pan inside. Avoid stacking anything on top of your pie since you could ruin the top or tear through the plastic wrap. You can leave your pie in the freezer for up to 1 month before taking it out.[7]
    • Freezing pies works great if you want to prepare for meals or holidays ahead of time so you don’t stress about it later.
  5. 5
    Thaw the pie in your fridge overnight before serving it. The day before you want to eat your pie, move it into your fridge and keep it wrapped. Leave the pie overnight so it slowly thaws out again. After that, you can enjoy your pie chilled or warm it in your microwave first.[8]
    • Avoid leaving your pie at room temperature to thaw since it could develop bacteria.
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      • Try serving your pie with whipped cream, toasted almonds, or coconut to enhance the flavor even more.[9]

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      Things You’ll Need

      Refrigerating Sweet Potato Pie

      • Wire rack
      • Plastic wrap or aluminum foil
      • Refrigerator

      Freezing the Pie

      • Wire rack
      • Plastic wrap
      • Aluminum foil
      • Freezer

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