Food & Nutrition

This Is How to Store Every Type of Leftover Food

Pulled pork

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Pulled pork is the ultimate leftover food! Pork shoulders are huge, and they almost always yield a few extra servings. If you’re planning to eat the pork within 3 to 4 days, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Otherwise, pack into individual serving bags and freeze them for two to three months. If you have a vacuum sealer, now would be a great time to use it.

Rice

Cooked rice in bowl with spoon and dishclothSayan Puangkham/Shutterstock

Rice is one of those leftovers that needs to be treated carefully. Be sure to cool it down as quickly as possible because of its moist nature; room temperature rice can begin growing bacteria in just two hours. Properly cooled and stored in airtight containers, rice will last about three to four days in the refrigerator.

Roasted vegetables

Roasted vegetables mix on baking tray, food aboveOlha Afanasieva/Shutterstock

Any time you’re roasting vegetables, go ahead and make extras. They store well in the refrigerator for three to four days, and tossing a handful into egg dishes, soups, salads, and power bowls is a great way to get a serving of nutrient-dense veggies at every meal. Airtight containers are best for roasted vegetables, although you could also store them in a bowl wrapped with plastic wrap. In addition to some vegetables, find out the other foods you’re throwing out too soon.

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