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Posted by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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So, I was just wondering what everyones "rule" is on how long to keep leftovers.. mine was 3 days, but I was just talking to a friend who says she keeps them for 7. I'm sure it's probably different for different things, but how long do you keep leftovers?

by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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SammyPetals
by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 8:39 PM

I usually keep them 3-5 days.  Like you said it depends on the food.  Like a veggie lasagna I'd probably keep five days but a chicken / pasta may be 3.

If it looks like I'm not going to eat them in the alotted time span, I freeze them and mark the date on the bag.  Then I keep up to 3-6 months.

j9gem
by on Mar. 8, 2009 at 9:00 PM

I stick with the 3 day rule.  But then again, I have a twitchy tummy sometimes!  The hubby, tho, he'll eat whatever he can find in the fridge!  I do make sure to always throw out leftover chicken after 3 days, tho.  Chicken is a tricky beast.

Meats and Eggs in the Fridge

Most meats don’t last long in the refrigerator, though cooking can increase the length of time they will keep.

  • Bacon – 7 days (unopened)
  • Chicken or turkey – 1-2 days
  • Cooked crab – 1-2 days
  • Cooked fish – 3-4 days
  • Cooked red meat leftovers and casseroles – 3-4 days
  • Eggs fresh in the shell – 3-5 weeks
  • Eggs hard-cooked in the shell – 1 week
  • Fresh lean fish – 1-2 days
  • Gravy, meat broth – 1-2 days
  • Ham slices (cooked) – 3-4 days
  • Lamb or pork (roasts or chops) – 3-5 days
  • Live shellfish (i.e., lobster) – same day purchased
  • Poultry (cooked) – 3-4 days
  • Poultry (raw) – 1-2 days
  • Raw shellfish – 1-2 days
  • Sausage – 1-2 days
  • Scallops (cooked) – 2-3 days
  • Steak or beef roast – 3-5 days
  • Stew or ground meat – 1-2 days
  • Stuffed lamb chops, pork chops, or chicken breasts – 1 day
  • Unopened luncheon meats and hotdogs – 2 weeks (3-5 days after opening) or expiry date, whichever comes first

These guidelines assume that the meat was bought fresh and that it has been kept in a cold fridge at all times. If the meat has been left out at any point or the fridge setting is not cold enough, it will spoil faster.

  

 

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AnAnelsKiss
by on Mar. 9, 2009 at 5:09 PM

I usually keep them till they stink or something is growing on them I know it is bad and really should get in there more often. hehe Then I know they are not edible anymore though


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lynn_mj13
by on Mar. 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that!!! LOL. I don't have the time to go through my fridge every day and throw away what needs to be. So I just do it like once a week or so. If I can't remember when I cooked it, it probably isn't any good!! LOL

Quoting AnAnelsKiss:

I usually keep them till they stink or something is growing on them I know it is bad and really should get in there more often. hehe Then I know they are not edible anymore though


 

AnAnelsKiss
by on Mar. 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Exactly bouncing

Quoting lynn_mj13:

I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that!!! LOL. I don't have the time to go through my fridge every day and throw away what needs to be. So I just do it like once a week or so. If I can't remember when I cooked it, it probably isn't any good!! LOL

Quoting AnAnelsKiss:

I usually keep them till they stink or something is growing on them I know it is bad and really should get in there more often. hehe Then I know they are not edible anymore though




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