While the holidays may be a thought of the past, the importance of food safety is never over. Getty Stewart, a Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.) has fantastic advice about storing holiday leftovers. Read below!
HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS IN THE FRIDGE
Store leftovers in the fridge once they are cooled – you don’t want to heat up the fridge and compromise everything in it! Transferring food to shallow containers helps cool food more quickly. Wrap it well to avoid texture, flavor and quality loss. But fridge time is limited, use the following chart as a guideline for how long holiday leftovers will typically keep.
FREEZING HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS
Here’s a quick reference chart to help you sort out which holiday leftovers you can successfully freeze and which won’t freeze well.
Let me be clear, you can freeze just about any food, and, as long as it was safe to eat before freezing, it will be safe to eat after freezing. However, some foods, like the ones on the “What Not To Freeze” list, do not freeze well due to loss of texture and appearance.
TIPS FOR FREEZING SUCCESS
“Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within 3-4 days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.”
TIPS FOR THAWING
About Getty Stewart
Getty Stewart is a Professional Home Economist, writer and speaker with a passion for helping others grow, preserve and enjoy fresh, seasonal produce. She is the founder of Fruit Share Winnipeg and author of the Prairie Fruit Cookbook. Getty offers practical tips and seasonal recipes on her food blog at GettyStewart.com, in workshops and through TV, radio and print media. Getty is a mom, gardener and outdoor enthusiast. Visit her website at gettystewart.com.
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