Be sure to refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours or sooner after serving. Tending to leftovers within this time frame will keep perishable foods safe, otherwise you should throw the food away. Also, you can speed up the cooling time by storing your leftovers in a shallow dish*
If you plan to eat leftovers within four days, store them in the fridge – if not, freeze them. Keep in mind that certain perishable leftovers have an even shorter shelf life, such as stuffing and gravy, which tend to last for only about two days.
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