Here’s How Long You Can Really Eat Leftovers Without Getting Sick


You might be stuck at home for a while, and it’s likely you’re cooking. But just how long is it safe to eat leftovers? The USDA says a general rule of thumb is that if it’s been in your fridge for more than four days, it’s time to chuck it.


Frozen foods can be kept indefinitely (as long as they don’t thaw), but the USDA recommends storing dishes that way for up to four months. If you plan on freezing your meals, place them in shallow containers or gallon-sized resealable bags with the ingredients flattened out so it freezes faster.

Doing this can also help prevent bacteria from growing within the dishes.


Once you’re ready to eat your food make sure you re-heat it to 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill off any potential bacteria.