Creating a homemade meal is a great way to save money while providing healthy food for your family. The one thing that comes with every home cooked dinner that must be dealt with is leftovers. How you deal with leftovers can save you time and money or it can create unwanted food waste. There are several things you will want to think about when it comes to storing and eating leftovers.
How to Store Leftovers
Proper Food Handling:
Your first concern when handling leftovers is food spoilage. Spoiled food has a negative impact on your grocery budget and it puts you at risk for food poisoning. When it comes to the proper food handling of leftovers, there are a couple of rules that you will want to follow.
- Store your leftovers as soon as the meal is over.
- Make sure all items are stored and sealed properly. I like to store my leftovers in Pyrex storage containers because they are clear so it is easy to see what is inside.
- Mark items with a label of what it is and the date it was made.
- Reheat items in the microwave, stove-top, or oven until the temperature reaches at least 165 F.
How Long are Leftovers Good?
Leftovers are generally good for an average of 3 to 5 days. If you cannot eat your leftovers within 3 – 5 days, freeze it for an easy meal at a later time.
How to Use Up Leftovers
Make sure your leftovers get eaten by creating a space for them at the front of your refrigerator.
You can also prevent food waste by incorporating leftovers into your meal plan. Leftovers make an easy lunch or can be the base of a new recipe.