~Leftover Food Safety Tips~

@claire03 (1444)
United States
September 9, 2007 6:13pm CST
Improper refrigeration of foods or relying on smell to judge food spoilage is a recipe for disaster. Food may spoil long before it looks, smells or tastes bad. Use a refrigerator thermometer to ensure proper storage below 40 degrees farenheit. A meat thermometer is the only reliable way to ensure that leftovers have reached a safe temperature and taste their best. For a safe and tasty meal, always reheat leftovers to 165 degress farenheit. Refrigerate restaurant leftovers within two hours of eating the meal; in hot weather (90 degrees F or above) this time is reduced to one hour. Label and date restaurant leftovers. Consume them within three to four days. I hope this will help everyone on how to properly take care of their leftover foods at home or from the restaurants. Do you have more ideas about this? feel free to share it to us. What do you do with your leftover foods? How do you preserve it?
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@AmbiePam (49113)
• United States
9 Sep 07
Really I don't think a lot of people realize they should date their left overs. But it is easy to forget how long they have been in the fridge. I don't date my left overs, but I really should. It's easy for me to forget when the food was originally made.
@claire03 (1444)
• United States
9 Sep 07
it is just an advice and tip ambiepam, you don't really have to date your leftover foods if you can easily remember what date it was cooked. whatever works best for you is good!
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@AmbiePam (49113)
• United States
9 Sep 07
Yes, I know. LOL, I was speaking more about the people who are like me and need reminders.
@Rickrocks8 (1751)
• United States
10 Sep 07
You wouldnt happen to work in food ser, would you? Your post on handwashing now thin............I was just wondering!
• United States
10 Sep 07
now this wake up Rhonda!
@wz2007 (128)
• China
10 Sep 07
Thanks for your suggestion very much,make me grow the knowledge again.Leftover rice vegetableses of my home all put in refigerator .I usually am to judge by smelling the flavor whether thing change in character or not .Thank you very much concerning the thing to keep the discussion of method.
@claire03 (1444)
• United States
12 Sep 07
you are very much welcome wz2007. i'm happy to share some ideas to all my friends here in mylot and hope it will help everyone. Have a nice day!
@gradyslady (4055)
• United States
25 Sep 07
Most of the foods we can save is put into plastic ziploc bags.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
12 Sep 07
That s really good idea to write a date on the box where I have leftovers.I just have one problem.Nobody want to really eats that leftovers. My mum she was really good at kitchen and she all the time use the leftovers to another meal or used it other way.It s a shame I am not as good as her.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
10 Sep 07
Well, u r very true proper safety is must, just to tell u one more thing that in our fridges, no meat or cooked food can stay longer than three days, Only Packed juices, jam, Mayyones and think like that can stay till their expiry date Food poisioning, i am not fond of it, LOL