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We all have had leftover’s in our fridge at one point or another. I love left overs, and my fiancé hates them… so the way I see it is, more for me! But how long can you keep leftovers before they go old?

While the answer may vary depending on the type of left overs you get, we’re here to help you figure out whether or not you should risk it with those leftovers.

Here’s some tips on how to best store your leftovers according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service: 

  • Keep food out of the “danger zone” 40 to 140 degrees. When food is kept in warmer temperatures, bacteria can grow more rapidly.

  • Put leftovers away within 2 hours of cooking.

  • Cover leftovers with plastic food wrap, or use containers to seal the food.

So now the answer I know you’re all here for… How long to leftovers last?

According to the FSIS, leftovers last about four days in the fridge and up to four months in the freezer. 

This timeline is more of a general rule of thumb. When eating leftovers, you should always use your senses of sight, and smell to determine whether or not you think the food it still good. Like, I wouldn’t personally be eating 4 day old sushi…

Hopefully this will help you next time you’re not feeling like cooking but also wondering… can I still eat those leftovers in the fridge?


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