Can I eat 2 week old leftovers?

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asked Jan 29, 2022 in Other-Food Drink by BillStopp (1,500 points)
Can I eat 2 week old leftovers?

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answered Feb 3, 2022 by layla (63,150 points)
2 week old leftovers can be okay to eat depending on how the leftovers were stored.

Most leftovers last for 4 to 7 days in the refrigerator but when frozen the frozen leftovers last for over a year.

So if the leftovers were frozen for those 2 weeks then they are safe to eat.

However sometimes leftovers may be okay to eat after 2 weeks when refrigerated depending on the type of food.

Noodles may be okay after 2 weeks in the refrigerator while meats may be bad unless they've been cooked.

If the leftovers smell okay, taste okay or has no mold etc in it then they should be okay to eat.

If in doubt throw the leftovers out.

Leftovers are okay to eat after 7 days as long as they have been stored properly.

Some leftovers are good in the fridge for only 3 to 4 days while some leftovers are good in the fridge for up to 7 days.

If the leftovers have meat or are meat then they will usually last for 3 to 5 days in the fridge but when frozen they will last for a year or longer.

If the leftovers have no bad smell or taste or the leftovers have no mold or other indicator that they are bad then they are okay to eat.

As a general guideline.

Leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator.

 Be sure to eat them within that time.

After that, the risk of food poisoning increases.

If you don't think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately.

According to the FDA Food Code, all perishable foods that are opened or prepared should be thrown out after 7 days, maximum.

No leftovers should survive in your fridge for longer than that.

Some foods should be even be thrown away before the 7 day mark.

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