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How to Tell When Pizza Dough Has Gone Bad

author image Michelle Kerns
Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Tell When Pizza Dough Has Gone Bad
Homemade pizza dough can keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/ Images

Homemade pizza is cheaper, more nutritious and more versatile than the pizza you'd get from the freezer section of the grocery store or the local pizza parlor. The tough part is having the dough prepared and on hand when you want to make pizza in a hurry. One solution is to keep purchased or homemade pizza dough in your refrigerator ready to use when the craving strikes. Stored correctly, refrigerated pizza dough can stay good for up to 2 weeks. For ready-made pizza dough, use the label instructions as your guide for the correct length of storage time.

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Step 1

Check the expiration date on the label of commercially purchased pizza dough. Discard pizza dough that is past the displayed date.

Step 2

Smell the pizza dough. Throw out any unused pizza dough that has a sour or unpleasant aroma.

Step 3

Inspect the pizza dough for discolored patches that may be lighter or darker than the surrounding dough or that appear fuzzy or slimy. Discard any pizza dough that has these patches.

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