Christmas is over but you have a lot of holiday food left. This is a very common situation.
Many residents of Manitoba are asking quite reasonable questions after the holiday season: what to do with the leftovers? Food and health experts from Health Canada shared useful tips.
Here they are:
1. The first thing you have to do is to put all food leftovers into clean containers and do not wait until everything is cool. Do not be afraid for your refrigerator, if you put a warm meal there, nothing will happen. However, this way you will save your foods from bacteria which grow very quickly at room temperature.
2. Health Canada strongly recommends not eating foods for more than three days. On holidays and after holidays, the largest number of poisonings occurs. You should protect yourself and your family.
3. Another good way to prolong food storage is to heat it. Hot temperatures kill many bacteria that can be found in foods.
4. If you understand that there are a lot of foods left even three days after the holidays, you can put them in the freezer. Ready meals can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. Longer storage may cause loss of taste in some foods. After you get the food out of the freezer, you have one or two days to eat it all.
5. If you have seen mould, felt an unpleasant smell or other signs that the food is spoiled, you should throw it out without any doubt. Otherwise, there is a high probability of getting sick.