“Safe” Shelf Life of Leftovers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by alwayshopeful, May 18, 2016.

  1. alwayshopeful

    alwayshopeful Newbie

    I have a question about leftovers and their “safe” shelf life in the fridge. Because the meat is smoked when cooking on my WSM, is its shelf life in the fridge longer than lets say BBQ grilled or oven roasted meat.
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The shelf life is the same, pretty much 3-4 days. I got this chart off the USDA site for leftovers.

    Safe Storage of Prepared or Leftover Foods
    ProductRefrigerator (40°F)Freezer (0°F)
    Meat Salads & Other Deli Foods:
    Store-prepared or homemade egg, chicken, tuna, ham3–5 daysDo not freeze
    Pre-stuffed pork & lamb chops, chicken breasts stuffed with dressing1 dayDo not freeze
    Store-cooked convenience meals1–2 daysDo not freeze
    Eggs:
    Casserole, quiche, omelet3–4 days2 months
    Hard-cooked1 weekDo not freeze
    Soups & Stews:
    Vegetable3–4 days2–3 months
    Meat added1–2 days2–3 months
    Meat Leftovers:
    Cooked meat & meat Dishes3–4 days2–3 months
    Gravy & meat broth1–2 days2–3 months
    Cooked Poultry, Leftover:
    Fried chicken, plain pieces, cooked poultry dishes3–4 days4 months
    Pieces, covered with broth & gravy1–2 days6 months
    Chicken nuggets, patties1–2 days1–3 months
    Cooked Seafood:
    Fish3–4 days3 months
    Crab1–2 days3 months
    Shrimp3–4 days2 months

    Sources:
    1. FDA. Food Code 2009. http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/FoodCode2009/ucm186451.htm
    2. USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. May 2011. USDA Revises Recommended Cooking Temperature for All Whole Cuts of Meat, Including Pork, to 145  °F.  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_052411_01/index.asp
    3. USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. April 2007. Keep Food Safe! Food Safety Basics. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/fact_Sheets/Keep_Food_Safe_Food_Safety_Basics/index.asp
    4. USDA/ Partnership for Food Safety Education. Four Easy Lessons in Safe Food Handling. http://befoodsafe.org/sites/befoodsafe.org/files/BFS_BROCHURE_Color.pdf
    5. USDA Agricultural Research Service. April 2007. Best Ways to Clean Kitchen Sponges. http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2007/070423.htm
    Hope this helps

    Al
     
  3. alwayshopeful

    alwayshopeful Newbie

    Will that clearly answers my question.  Thanks Al.

    Cheers,

    Bill
     
  4. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    Well dang it Al, now I gotta get my left over pork loin.....😁
     
  5. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit

    *rid of
     
  6. good info to know right here..
     
  7. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good source Al - thanks. It is worth people checking their home freezers though as some do not actually go down as low as 0F (-18 C)
     
  8. That list is a good guideline, but is not exactly 100% actuality in my opinion. For example I routinely have soup or stews that are meat basedaround for longer than 1-2 days. This list is a good starting point but I think with proper food handling and reheating that a lot of those time ranges can be extended by a day or two at least.
     
  9. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Al I tried to find that chart but couldn't,is their any way you can post the link, or PDF

    Richie
     
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    This Guideline is set for virtual " Absolute Safety " with proper handling...It takes into account things like, refers that kids are constantly in and out of and dirty fingers picking at leftovers. Will a promptly chilled hunk of Loin or Pot of Soup last longer than 2-4 days? Sure but that is under optimum conditions. Still great info for people at Risk, like the very young, very old, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system. This group are better off Safe than Sorry...JJ
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2016
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  12. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I cannot find that one but here is a similar version on food safety published by the UK government 

    http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/storagetimes.html

    Storage Times for the Refrigerator and Freezer

    These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. The guidelines for freezer storage are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely.

    For storage times for eggs and foods made with eggs, see Egg Storage Chart.

    Category

    Food

    Refrigerator
    (40 °F or below)


    Freezer
    (0 °F or below)


    Salads

    Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads

    3 to 5 days

    Does not freeze well

    Hot dogs

    opened package

    1 week

    1 to 2 months

    unopened package

    2 weeks

    1 to 2 months

    Luncheon meat

    opened package or deli sliced

    3 to 5 days

    1 to 2 months

    unopened package

    2 weeks

    1 to 2 months

    Bacon & Sausage

    Bacon

    7 days

    1 month

    Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef

    1 to 2 days

    1 to 2 months

    Hamburger & Other Ground Meats

    Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them

    1 to 2 days

    3 to 4 months

    Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork

    Steaks

    3 to 5 days

    6 to 12 months

    Chops

    3 to 5 days

    4 to 6 months

    Roasts

    3 to 5 days

    4 to 12 months

    Fresh Poultry

    Chicken or turkey, whole

    1 to 2 days

    1 year

    Chicken or turkey, pieces

    1 to 2 days

    9 months

    Soups & Stews

    Vegetable or meat added

    3 to 4 days

    2 to 3 months

    Leftovers

    Cooked meat or poultry

    3 to 4 days

    2 to 6 months

    Chicken nuggets or patties

    3 to 4 days

    1 to 3 months

    Pizza

    3 to 4 days

    1 to 2 months
     
  13. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks guys I saved the links

    Richie
     

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