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A Guide To Leftovers: How To Store Them and Keep Them Fresh



Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you stuff your face, you’ll eventually reach a point where you can’t possibly eat another bite. If you can’t help but get leftovers, at least you should know how to store them properly. In this article we’ll check out how to correctly keep fresh all sorts of leftovers so they keep tasting amazing the next time you eat them.


Bread and Cakes

Storing bread that got left after your meal is really easy. If you want to keep it in a bread box it’ll easily last about 6 or 7 days past its “best by” date. If you keep the bread in the fridge or the freezer it could last weeks or even a couple of months. Cake that doesn’t contain dairy or fresh fruit is actually better stored at room temperature and placing plastic wrap around the cut edges of the cake.



The best thing you  can do with casseroles is to keep in mind that you’ll probably keep eating them in small batches. To avoid freezing and defrosting several times, you should cut up the casserole in smaller portions and store them in Ziploc bags so you can take each portion out of the freezer as you’ll be needing them.



Leftovers from roasted chicken can be used in many delicious stews and dishes, but even if you want to eat it in its original state you can keep it in the freezer for about 4 days. We strongly recommend separating the flesh off the bone and shredding it before seal-shutting it on a plastic container.



Seafood is one of those meals people don’t really know how to store, or people mistakenly think can’t be stored. The first thing to do with seafood is to let it cool down naturally, tightly wrapping them in a plastic wrap and storing them for no more than 3 days in the fridge.


Gravy and Sauces

If you’re about to use your sauce in the next couple of days, the best place to store your sauces and gravy is the freezer. You can either serve the sauce in a round pot to heat directly on the stove or pour it on flat container bags to save space. Another great tip- if you want to use the sauce little by little- is to pour the sauce in an ice-cube tray and defrost each portion as you need it.


Pasta and Pizza

Pasta should never be stored mixed with the sauce, because the starch in the pasta will sag up and absorb all liquids. Place it in the fridge or the freezer and if you want to reheat it simply toss it onto boiling water for a couple of minutes. As for pizza, it can be stored in aluminum foil in order to reheat it safely in the oven, or stack up the slices together and wrap them in parchment paper.  


With these easy to follow tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your leftovers just as fresh as the moment you first made them.