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How long do you keep food before you throw it away?

I have a pretty strict system... Leftovers from a restaurant must be eaten the next day or tossed, fish one day, chicken or beef two, plain pasta three days.

 
lovinangels

Asked by lovinangels at 1:09 AM on Jun. 27, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Leftovers 3 days. But things rarely last that long around here.
    MommyAnnaBanana

    Answer by MommyAnnaBanana at 11:57 PM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • Seems like we both treat our food the same. I am much more fussy about food than my husband, sometimes he thinks I throw out perfectly good food but I prefer to be safe than sorry!!
    Healthytomorrow

    Answer by Healthytomorrow at 1:11 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • That sounds about right...my group won't touch leftovers! So dang frustrating. Thank goodness we have a big dog that will eat anything! lol
    Stacey833

    Answer by Stacey833 at 1:11 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • Oh, wow. That IS a system. I keep it until I think of it as too sketchy to eat. Example: I just threw away leftover spaghetti from Tuesday. It smelled and looked fine, but I was a little weirded out by it.

    That's about it as far as my "system", lol.
    DusterMommy

    Answer by DusterMommy at 1:12 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • After it is cooked it has 48 hours to be eaten or it gets thrown away
    Decker

    Answer by Decker at 1:13 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • ooooooh..lol..i keep leftovers...then end up throwing them out..lol..i dont like leftovers..at all!! my mom says i waste sooo much food..which is true..i feel bad..but..i dont wanna risk it..lol..the only leftovers i will eat are things like lasagna, baked spaghetti, hamburger helper...but like left over hamburgers, chicken, fish, no, i wont eat it..
    alexis_06

    Answer by alexis_06 at 1:16 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • Depends on what it is. Left overs or restaurant take home......3 or 4 days. However, we do use milk and yogurt even if they are over the date a little. As long as they smell and look ok. The dates on items from the grocery store do not really mean that's when the item is going to be "bad" or unsafe to eat.
    emilex

    Answer by emilex at 1:17 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • ooohhhh, no...emilix....

    restaurant food is three quarters "dead" when they serve it to you..
    lovinangels

    Comment by lovinangels (original poster) at 1:21 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • restaurant food, if it's not eaten within 24 hours its thrown out. Veggies, I will use for 2-3 days. meats, eaten within 2 days or thrown out. Fish, I don't save the leftovers because I don't think it tastes good reheated.
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 4:20 AM on Jun. 27, 2010

  • We eat or freeze everything in three days.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:43 AM on Jun. 27, 2010