Refrigerate Promptly

Refrigerate foods quickly and at a proper temperature to slow the growth of bacteria and prevent foodborne illness. Leftover foods from a meal should not stay out of refrigeration longer than 2 hours. In hot weather (80 degrees F or above), this time is reduced to 1 hour. Also make sure your refrigerator is set below 40 degrees F. This will keep perishable foods out what's called the "danger zone" - 40 degrees F or above. Keep a refrigerator thermometer inside your refrigerator at all times!! General guideline for leftovers Keeps up To Cooked fresh vegetables 3-4 days Cooked pasta 3-5 days Cooked rice 1 week Deli counter meats 5 days Greens 1-2 days Meat Ham,cooked and sliced 3-4 days Hot dogs, opened 1 week Lunch meats, packaged opened 3-5 days Cooked beef, pork, poultry, fish, and meat casseroles 3-4 days Cooked patties and nuggets gravy and broth 1-2 days Seafood cooked 2 days Soups and stews 3-4 days Stuffing 1-2 days When in doubt, throw it out!!!