How Long Your Leftovers Are Actually Good For
Tossing things prematurely happens more often than you might think (the USDA says almost a pound of food is wasted per person per day
). Are you jumping the gun?
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Soups and Chilies
Whether you've made a pot of minestrone, chicken noodle or chili, when it comes to soups and chilies, there are almost always leftovers (and often, the meals taste even better after a day
). You can keep enjoying them for three to four days once refrigerated, says Tong. The important thing is to get the temperature down quickly to keep the food in a safe temperature zone (below 40 degrees, or above 140).
One more thing:
To speed the cool-down process, try separating large quantities into smaller containers. They can go directly into the fridge at that point; just leave the leftovers partially uncovered while they cool, then cover them completely once they reach fridge temperature.