If you make too much food for dinner or order too much food when out to eat, there is no need to force yourself to finish or throw the food away. Leftovers make for another great lunch or dinner within a few days. Some recipes taste even better the next day since the flavors have a chance to combine and enhance. It is important to properly store and reheat leftovers to prevent food poisoning.
Keep your refrigerator at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Bacteria does not have a chance to grow at the lower temperature.
Make sure you refrigerate your leftovers within 2 hours. If food has been sitting at room temperature for more than 2 hours, don’t risk it! Toss it in the trash.
Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature will kill any bacteria that may cause food poisoning.
If you are unsure if your leftovers are safe – toss it! Better safe than sorry.
Label leftover with an expiration date. Consume leftovers within a few days.
See Food Safety at Home for more information regarding Food Safety!