10 “Delicious” Leftovers You Shouldn’t Eat Even If They Are Amazing

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Some leftovers… are better left alone

Sometimes, last night’s dinner is a real-life saver when you need a hot and ready lunch. Even so, there are some foods that you should think twice about reheating. While it’s a great way to save more money (actually, it is highly advised in any conversation related to budgeting your household), some leftovers might actually pose a hazard to your health.

So, truth to be told, you need to know which foods can be saved and which can’t. How long foods are safe in your fridge depends on many factors, such as safe preparation, proper storage, and what type of food it is. Let’s see which foods you should never keep as leftovers.

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20 Responses

  1. lol I don’t care for beets but I’ve eaten everything else on this list as leftovers my entire life I’m 72 , i’ll be eating last nights leftovers for lunch today…fish and fries

  2. I guess I am lucky because I have not experienced food reactions for many years, but just a week ago I decided to reheat a turkey dinner that had been in the freezer in a glass container for about 2 years. The dinner was wonderful, but the next day I went to Costco to get a few things, and without any warning as I was halfway into the store, my body decided to eliminate everything…. I had to run to the restroom, no pain, but I had no control of the diarrhea that came out. I made it into a stall, but just getting my pants and underwear down was embarrassing…the floor, the toilet seat, and of course my clothing. I used ALL of the toilet paper in the stall, asked ladies to hand me paper towels and ended up washing my clothing in a clean toilet until I could find a manager to clean out the packed wall bucket to eliminate the smell where it all took place. After reading your article, it sounds like I must have broken one of the rules you mentioned with regard to chicken (turkey). Not one bit pain…. and no “food poisoning” symptoms. Fascinating …. who knew?

    1. I rather doubt the turkey was to blame. Various bacti and viruses have incubation time ranges, and frozen food – assuming no prior contamination – seems unlikely as the cause of your GI distress.

  3. I agree that we should put unused food back in the fridge immediately after getting what we need for the dish being prepared. I also agree that leftovers should go into the fridge immediately after a meal. However, the other things you’ve mentioned , I’ve never had a problem with.

    1. I think it is only referring to eating foods that have been sitting out for too long, which is pretty much anything in my book. Except like snacks, peanuts etc. they should have specified that.

  4. After reading this very informative article, I don’t know why I’m not dead. I will definitely pay closer attention to what I put in my doggie bag.

  5. I had 6 of those leftovers for 50 years, I also cook them well and stick them in the frig immediately, Never ever had an issue. The other 4 items I don’t eat so can’t reply on those, but I would probably have them leftover, too. Lol.

  6. I was surprised by a few on the list. I’ve eaten them all as leftovers apparently being lucky I haven’t fallen sick. Thanks for sharing this advice

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  8. “Most of the time eggs (DO NOT) contain Salmonella or Campylobacter” is what this writer should know. For about 2 decades now, the official FDA estimate has been, and continues to be, only about 1 in 20.000 eggs is contaminated with either of these bacteria! How about the carcasses themselves? Completely different story, as survey after survey pegs this possibility as likely, say 35-85% are contaminated, despite meticulous attention to risk reduction measures at commercial facilities.
    Solution: cook chix meat thoroughly, avoid cross contamination in food prep and storage areas.
    And read reliable sources, folks!
    If you really want to press your luck, eat eggs and chix collected by children in backyard coops and prepared in Mommy’s kitchen.
    Actually, defer the friendly offer to eat anything in which grubby hands have visited anywhere near the food. The kiddos shirts, pants, and hands harbor enough contaminants to sicken a rural Chinese chix rancher family of 13!!

  9. Henry.. After reading your article, i’m pay more attention to this…. Question : What about Steak, Beef Roast,and Pork shops…?

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