Pita bread lasts up to a week if you store it properly. However, like bread, it loses its quality quite fast, so the sooner you use yours, the better.
If those 4 to 7 days aren’t enough for you, freezing your leftover pitas is definitely worth considering.
That’s the shelf life of pita bread in a nutshell.
Interesting in learning more about storing pita bread and knowing if yours is spoiled or not?
Let’s get right into it.
How Long Does Pita Bread Last?
Pita bread keeps the best quality for 3 to 4 days but usually stays good for up to a week.
If you’re buying pre-packed pita bread, go with the date printed on the label and maybe add a day or two to it. That’s about all you can get from it.
That said, like regular bread, pita bread tends to go stale quite quickly if you don’t store it properly (more on that in a moment).
Of course, you can still eat stale pita bread, and if you fill the pockets with some delicious food, the flatbreads will still taste quite good. Probably not ideal, but good enough if you’re hungry and looking for a quick bite to eat.
Long story short, the sooner you get to your pitas, the better quality you get.
If you need more time than a few days, or you don’t want to worry about eating your leftovers before they dry out and harden, freezing is a great solution.
The flatbreads freeze well, and I wrote a guide on freezing pita bread on our sister site CanYouFreezeThis.com. It’s a must-read if you’re interested in freezing your pitas.
How To Store Pita Bread
Store pita bread at room temperature in a bread box, paper bag, or a linen sack. Anything that works great for storing regular bread works for pita flatbreads too.
The idea here is to allow for some airflow, but not too much. The bread needs the ability to get rid of any excess moisture that it doesn’t need, but if it’s completely uncovered, it’s going to dry out fast.
That’s why bread boxes and paper bags work well and why bread-like foods are often sold in paper bags.
If your pita breads come in a plastic bag, it’s best to repack them. Plastic bags tend to trap moisture, and as you probably know, food plus moisture plus room temperature usually equals mold. And you don’t want that.
If you don’t have any of the listed ideal storage options available, poke some holes in the bag or leave it half-open. A bit of ventilation can go a long way.
Last, storing pitas in the fridge isn’t a good idea. Most people who tried it ended up with completely dry and stale pita breads after only a couple of days. In short, they retain quality better on the counter.
For me, the ideal way to handle pita bread is to use as many flatbreads as you can when they’re fresh and freeze the rest. The same works for naan bread.
How To Tell If Pita Bread Is Bad?
If you store pitas properly, they will most likely dry out and go stale instead of going bad (as in unsafe to eat).
That said, if you notice any patches of fluffy mold on the surface of a pita flatbread, discard it. Cutting out the “bad” area isn’t a good idea.
When it comes to staleness and at what point you’re supposed to throw out a stale pita, it’s up to you.
If you find it too dry to use, you can toss it for quality purposes. Or try to revive it (more on that in the next section), stuff it with some delicious foods, and eat it. It’ll probably be quite alright.
Alternatively, you can make breadcrumbs out of stale pita bread.
You grind it down, bake it until lightly toasted, let it cool, and voila, you have homemade breadcrumbs. Here’s a good article on how to do that step by step if you’re interested.
How To Reheat Pita Bread
Reheated pita bread tastes better than a room-temperature one. That’s why many people warm up pitas before stuffing them, especially if whatever they are using as a filling is warm too.
The quickest and easiest ways to reheat pita bread are:
- Non-stick skillet on the stove. All you need is a hot skillet and 1 to 2 minutes per side. No oil or any other fat is needed.
- In the microwave. Nuke the pitas on full power in 20- to 30- second increments. If they start to dry out, switch to half power and up the time of each microwaving session to 50 – 60 seconds.
Besides reheating, another way to enhance the taste of your pita breads is to make sure they don’t dry out. Or, if they’re already dry, you can try reviving them using a bit of water.
You can do that by giving a source of moisture to the flatbreads when reheating them.
If you’re reheating yours on the stove, try spritzing some water on top or dampen them with wet hands. If you’re microwaving them, wrap each pita with a damp (not wet) paper towel.
Both methods should help you revive a stale pita, but don’t expect miracles. A stale pita is still a stale pita.