How long can I keep leftovers in the fridge?

Leftovers can be kept for two to five days in the refrigerator depending on the item. Be sure to eat them within that time. After that time period the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately. Please refer to the chart below for proper storage times.

Recommended Storage Timefor Refrigerated Food:

 0 – 4 degrees Celsius

(32 to 40 degrees F)

Refrigerated Food Maximum Storage Period (in days)
Ground Meat 2-3
Roasts/Steaks 3-5
Bacon/wieners 6-7
Poultry 2-3
Fish/Shellfish 1-2
Leftover egg yolk/white 1-2
Luncheon Meats 3-5
Leftover cooked meats/gravy 1-2
Stuffing 1-2