food safety tips for leftovers
Got leftovers? Great! Just be sure you’re aware of these food safety tips for leftovers. Whether it’s a the terrific chili
your friend sent you home with after the football party
or pumpkin cheesecake
from your favorite restaurant, proper storage and re-heating is key. For example, as convenient as slow-cooker recipes
are, you should never use the appliance for leftovers! For more info, check out our Top 10 Food Handling Tips
article and Top 10 Safety Rules
- Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours.
- Cool leftovers quickly. Before refrigerating or freezing, slice large cuts of meat and store in serving-size packets. Use small containers to store stews and chilis.
- Label leftovers with the date.
- Check the refrigerator once a week and discard old leftovers. When in doubt, throw it out!
- Reheat leftovers until piping hot all the way through.
- To ensure even reheating in a microwave oven:
- Cover food with a vented covering.
- Rotate food halfway through cooking time.
- Stir food halfway through cooking time (even if oven has turntable).
- Stir food again after cooking is completed.
- Allow food to stand for five minutes after cooking.
- Never reheat leftovers in a slow-cooker. The gradual heating promotes bacterial growth.
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