Nobody likes to waste food. Especially really delicious food! So, when you have some leftovers to stow away for another day, be sure you are making all the right moves. Continue below to learn how to properly store your leftover meals so they stay fresher for longer.
It All Starts With Quality Food Storage Containers
Although it can be tempting to leave last night’s leftovers in the takeout box they came in, it is important to make the effort and switch containers before popping it into the fridge. Oxygen is a leftover’s worst nightmare, so airtight storage is a must for preserving your excess foods. Not only do airtight containers keep moisture in and bacteria out, but they also prevent odor leaks.
When choosing a quality food storage container, glass or plastic will do. If you are someone who often takes food on the go, plastic might be the more versatile option; just be sure to use leak-proof containers. Glass is also a great option, especially for home storing. Aim for a set made with borosilicate glass so that you can transfer the containers directly from the fridge or freezer into the oven or microwave.
Timing is Everything
Aside from air, there are other impactful factors that decrease the quality of leftovers, like time. It is important to get your timing right when stowing leftovers away, whether in the refrigerator or freezer. It is also important to enjoy your leftovers within a specific amount of time, while they are still safe to consume.
It is encouraged to place your leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as you are through eating. If your leftovers are still warm, it is recommended to store them in a shallow container so they can cool faster. As for how long leftovers stay good in storage, it depends on whether they are frozen or thawed. When storing leftovers in the fridge, the USDA recommends consuming leftovers within 4 days’ time. In the freezer, food can generally maintain quality between 3 and 6 months.
Common Types of Leftovers and How Long They Last in the Fridge:
✤ Sushi, Sashimi & Poke – 2 to 3 Days
✤ Fish – 2 to 3 Days
✤ Steak – 3 to 4 Days
✤ Chicken – 3 to 4 Days
✤ Pizza – 4 to 5 Days
✤ Pasta – 4 to 5 Days
✤ Beans & Rice – 3 to 4 Days
✤ Salad – 1 to 2 Days
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