How long can I keep a leftover?
Leftover food that you keep in the refrigerator can be eaten within 2 days. Is a meal left in the fridge for more than 2 days? Then throw it away. After 2 days, the chance that harmful bacteria will grow that can make you sick is greater. If you keep leftovers from a meal in the freezer, you can eat it up to 3 months later.
Let it cool down first
Let leftovers cool before putting them in the fridge or freezer. They cool down faster if you place the container or pan in a layer of cold water. Do not leave the leftovers outside of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. Put them in a sealable container and put the date on it. Five tips for safe handling of meal leftovers