How to make your delivery leftovers last longer

How to make your delivery leftovers last longer

Delivery and take away have now become part of (almost) everyday life: if there are leftovers, here’s how to make them last and avoid waste.

Now that you are well used to delivery , you have probably realized – especially if you are single – that with home delivery you find yourself at home much more food than you would actually consume. And since you really don’t like waste (throwing out is out of the question), it is good that you keep in mind a few rules and a few tricks to make leftovers last as long as possible, with an eye to the environment and a to the wallet. Let’s start with the rules: if you’ve ordered and you have some leftover food, here’s what you can do.


  1. Store in the fridge . Just like for the foods you prepare yourself, a first healthy rule is to immediately keep in the fridge what you certainly do not eat. The so-called perishable foods – eggs, meat, fish, fruit – cannot in fact be stored outside, but must remain under certain conditions of temperature and humidity. Cooked they last a little longer, so it’s great if you take them for a ride in the fridge if you plan to consume them within 2-3 days at the most.
  2. Set the correct temperature . The key step for correct storage in the fridge is that the temperature is the right one, around 4 ° C minimum. This allows foods to maintain their organoleptic properties and freshness for longer. The same goes for the freezer, which must be around -18 / 19 ° C. And remember: the more food there is in the fridge, the colder the fridge badly. So make sure you don’t put too many things in it.
  3. When in doubt, freeze . If you do not intend to replicate the same meal for several days (that can be a form of meal prep too) pass what you will surely not eat within the week directly into the freezer. You can take out leftovers when you need them, saving you time, effort and money.
  4. Divide the preparations . Since not all foods have the same storage capacity, try to divide the preparations as much as possible before putting them away. Then separate the meat from the vegetables, the first from the second, in short, try to obtain a deconstructed food . And make small portions: the more right they are, the more they will allow you to use only what you really need.
  5. Only heat what you eat . Hand in hand with the smaller portions is the fact that, as mom has always taught you, ready-made food only heats up once. In fact, the more we tend to go over the leftovers, the more they lose their qualities. So only heat what you eat and only keep what you heat.
  6. Use glass containers . Try to use glass containers. They are usually more airtight, more versatile to go directly from fridge and freezer to oven, safer in washing. And they do not run the risk of leaching, with the consequent release of bisphenol A, which is possible with the use of plastic containers.
  7. Meatball everything . A clever way to extend the life of leftovers is to use them to make something new. Have you ever noticed those appetizers at the restaurant that recall the dish of the day before? Ask yourself two questions. And, if in doubt, even you meatballs.
  8. Seasoned beats fresh . If you are in the mood to live on leftovers, remember that seasoned beats cool. It’s almost obvious: a cured ham will keep better than a slice of pork, a salami better than a steak and so on.
  9. Remember the sauce . While the pasta can hold up for more than a few days in the fridge, once it is seasoned you have to eat it within 48 hours at the most, either because it is sponged with the sauce, or because the sauce spoils quickly. There are two cases here: either you go over it the next day in a pan or you freeze it. Impossible to think that you will have it delivered to you undisturbed, you might as well prepare it at home.
  10. “Fried everything is good”, but it depends . Fried food deserves a separate discussion, which once cold loses much of its appeal becoming soggy, even if there are those who appreciate it. Therefore, consider, even before ordering, if you can consume everything at once or if you will have to keep. In the latter case, remember, for example, that reheated fries will never be as crunchy as the first time, unless you chill them again.
  11. You can’t heat everything up everywhere . The example of fried food allows a window on the theme of leftover heating declined on safety, which is usually not the first thought and instead should. In order for the foods to be safe to eat you should heat them until they reach no less than 75 ° C inside. Furthermore, some methods are really not recommended: this is the case of slow cookers, which would heat the food too slowly and would favor the proliferation of bacteria. Or the microwave, if you’re not sure how to use it.
  12. Forget the raw. Or eat them all . With raw foods you don’t have much choice, they spoil much faster than cooked foods. So if you want to go on for a few days with an order, carefully avoid throwing yourself on sushi, sashimi and tartare.

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