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How long does cooked meat keep in the fridge?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

How long does cooked meat keep in the fridge? I just ate 10 day old ground beef fried in tomato sauce and onion. I feel great. I also will make a crockpot of chuck roast and reheat it and eat on it every morning for 4 or 5 days. Am I rolling the dice?

Thing seem to stay good a lot longer than what information I've found.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/36593/fridge-lifespan-of-cooked-meals#axzz2JbE6h3KR http://paleohacks.com/questions/140687/frozen-meat-thawed-meat-cooked-meat-questions#axzz2JbE6h3KR

Couple good threads on it already ^.

Specifically curious about reheating then putting back in fridge, and ground beef vs other meats.

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Whole Foods market follows the rule that I was always taught. three days in the meat case, three days home, three days cooked. Otherwise, freeze the leftovers and take them out as needed. Food poisoning sucks.

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on February 15, 2013
at 12:24 PM

The Sunday - Thursday chicken basically means 4 day old chicken (after cooking), which I agree is generally safe. I have a few recipes that I do this with. But many of my recipes create 4 servings instead of 5. I never encounter not-so-fresh food that way.

One trick I use is that if I am going to make a 5 serving recipe, I will make it at night and consume the last serving for lunch... so the last serving is really only 4.5 days old after cooking.

If we're talking meat and it's relatively intact (i.e not shredded/crumbled), most any issue will be on the surface. If you had any doubts you could blanch it (boil for just a few seconds) to take care of that.

Meat will keep much better if you keep it sealed in something with little air in it. You may want to save some portions individually.

Also, don't forget some dishes can be frozen easily, or just the meat can be frozen and reheated. While refrozen meat loses a little taste/structure, it's not a huge deal and it sure tastes better than iffy meat.

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:43 AM

i make a whole chicken on sunday and eat it until thursday. i always thought that was pushing it, but i've never been sick from it. that's the longest leftovers i've eaten.

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on February 01, 2013
at 02:10 AM

I never concerned myself over leftovers - within reason - until I gave my daughter food poisoning.....oops.

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:23 AM

Whole Foods market follows the rule that I was always taught. three days in the meat case, three days home, three days cooked. Otherwise, freeze the leftovers and take them out as needed. Food poisoning sucks.

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