How long should I keep leftover food?

Discard any food left out at room temperature for more than two hours. If any food is left out at a temperature above 90 degrees F, discard after one hour.

Make sure to place food in shallow containers that you put immediately in the refrigerator or freezer for rapid cooling. Use most cooked leftovers within three to four days, but see the Cold Storage Chart of Keep Food Safe! Food Safety Basics (PDF | 449 KB) for more information.

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