Lesson 2f - Handling Leftovers

If in doubt ... throw it out!

trash can

 
Follow these steps to ensure safe handling of leftovers:
  • Wash hands before and after handling leftovers.
  • Divide hot leftovers into small units and store in shallow containers for quick cooling. Bacteria can grow rapidly during the cooling process.
  • Refrigerate leftover items immediately after service.
  • Reheat leftovers thoroughly to a temperature of 165°F. Bring soups, sauces and gravies to a rolling boil.
  • Don't keep leftovers more than 7 days.
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