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Feb 28, 2007 04:09 PM

the lifespan of a leftover

I'd love a rule of thumb for the length of time it's safe to save the remains of opened cans of foodstuff. Right now I have a 1/2 can of condensed milk and 1/2 can of chipotle en adobo in the fridge just daring me to use them before salmonella sets in! I'm not a whimp about leftovers and don't adhere to the 2 day rule that some espouse but I'd hate to poison a loved one with tainted chili or caramel. What's your limit??

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  1. That condensed milk is a magnet for the nasties, but the sugar will keep it for a few days or more in a good ref. That chipotle in adobo is good for the next year or two.

    1. Anything that lives in chipolte in adobo deserves life.

      1. Oh yeah, on that chipotle. Those things last forever. I have one in the fridge now that's been there for two months and I keep just taking a little smidge out whenever I need some.

        1. You do take it out of the can right? I was told never to leave leftovers in the can.

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          1. re: brooklynmasala

            Me too! And I think the reason is that once you open the can oxidization (sp?) sets in and the can begins to decompose/rust. I don't know if that's still true, but I've stayed wary since it is not worth the risk.

          2. if it has mold, I scrape it off or spoon it off....and if it starts to smell funky I pitch it in the trash.

            I am really adventurous when it comes to eating leftovers...a little too adventurous I might add.

            I will also leave out leftovers at room temp overnight and eat them the next day or the day after that like, pizza, lasagna, soup, korean food, etc.

            yes, I know its not good and I will probably get really sick very soon