Leftovers are a big dilemma for most of us. How do we know when to eat them or toss them? The USDA says we’ve got three to four days to eat them, but there is some wiggle room depending on the food.
Here’s the breakdown: foods with high moisture like eggs and veggies should get pitched after three days. The more moisture food holds the quicker bacteria grow. Acidic foods like tomatoes and lemon pie are good for a week because the acid turns the bacteria away.
Meat and fish? Toss them or you’ll probably end up with food poisoning…and you don’t want to go through that.
When it doubt, toss it out. To be even safer, label your foods with the date so you know how old they are.