The Easter dinner is over, you’ve picked up the last bits of Easter basket grass, and you have leftovers: SO MANY LEFTOVERS! How long can you safely keep these leftovers in your refrigerator before they go bad?
Common sense probably tells you that still eating the same stuff a week or two later may involve very real health risks. But some foods last longer than others. So knowing how long you have to eat everything up is paramount to making sure no foods go to waste and no late-night snack turns into food poisoning.
The following is a quick guide on how long foods will generally be good for in the fridge after Easter dinner, before you should consider just tossing them in the trash can for your health (literally).
Ham – The best option to avoid any food safety problems is to freeze leftover ham. It lasts 1-2 months. In the fridge, up to 3-5 days.
Beef/Lamb/Veal/Pork – Up to 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator
Potatoes – Safe to eat for 5-7 days in the fridge.
The same applies for cooked, baked, mashed, scalloped, or specially formulated potato leftovers.
Vegetables – Safe for up to 2-3 days after they are originally cooked. It’s best not to refrigerate vegetables immediately after cooking.
Let them cool first. Otherwise, as they cool, water droplets form inside the container that cause your veggies to become mushy and spoil faster.
Deviled Eggs – Readers remember the story about storing intact eggs outside a refrigerator.
Here, there’s no protective shell and mayonnaise is in the mix, therefore, eat leftover deviled eggs within 3 days of preparation.
All foods with perishable ingredients should be stored in the refrigerator to help keep them at optimal freshness until consumed.
If you are in doubt about if a food is still good or not, throwing it out is the best way to avoid food-borne illnesses.