Chinese cuisine is one of the best cuisines in the world. No matter which country you are in, you can find tons of Chinese restaurants and Chinese dishes. The best part is Chinese food comes for everyone as you can find halal dishes too. I am a Chinese fan. Whenever I sit alone and don’t want to make my food, all I want at that time is to order Chinese food from my favorite Chinese restaurant. After that, I eat half of it and place the rest in the fridge to eat later. Now the question here is: How long does Chinese food last in the fridge?
Whenever you place your favorite food items in the fridge and want to eat them after a few days this is the first question that prompts in our minds. If you are also a Chinese food fan and looking for the perfect answer then great. In the article below I am going to talk about Chinese food, how you can keep it fresh for several days and how long does Chinese food last in the fridge.
So let’s have a look at a brief Chinese cuisine guide.
How Long Does Chinese Food Last in the Fridge?
Chinese food like any other leftover can last for three to four days. If you have kept it in the fridge at a lower temperature then it might be good on the Fifth day too. But remember till gift day the process of getting rotten would start. So my suggestion to all the Chinese lovers is to throw the food out at the end of the 5th day, as eating it might cause you severe diarrhea or food poisoning.
You might see some spots of fungus on the sixth day. So it’s better to keep it for 3-4 days and then throw it out.
If you have any plans of keeping the food for a longer period, then it’s better to freeze it. Defrost it after taking it out of the freezer and you will see that it is still fresh and tempting.
Tips and Ideas to store Chinese Food:
There are tons of ways to store Chinese food. Following are some tips to keep it safe. Let’s read them together.
Put Away the Leftover ASAP!!!
You have no idea how long this food has sat around before it got delivered to you. Chinese food gets rotten if it is placed at room temperature for a longer period, so it is wise to take out the amount of food you are going to eat right away and put the rest in the refrigerator as soon as possible. If you have kept the food in the refrigerator immediately after receiving it then there are higher chances for it to stay fresh for a longer period.
Another tip is don’t put the extra hot food in the fridge, as the heat of the food can lower the temperature of the freezer/fridge. So it is advised to make flat surfaces of food so it will get cooler quickly. Avoid putting big hot clumps as the condensation can ruin the food and you won’t be able to eat it later.
In addition to that, I would suggest you check the temperature of your fridge. Freezer on the safe side. The ideal temperature of the fridge is 32 degrees Fahrenheit whereas your freezer should be 0 degrees.
Just putting the food in the fridge at the right time can save your beloved Chinese dish and you can eat it later too.
Use Airtight Containers to Store Chinese Food:
Once you have received your food, now take out a certain portion and shift the rest in an airtight container. The food boxes are usually made up of cardboard and the air can easily flow through them. Airflow means rapid growth of Bacteria and your food will be contaminated soon. So it’s better to use airtight containers to keep your food fresh in refrigerators for longer durations.
You can find a variety of air-tight containers in supermarkets or get them online through different online superstores.
One pro tip is “Use glass containers other than plastic ones” as plastic is even more dangerous for human health.
Use Sealable Plastic Food-Safe Bags:
With modern technology, you can find several things to keep your food safe. Sealable Plastic food bags and aluminum foil food containers are one of them. Sealable plastic food bags are airtight, you can separately keep different food items in your fridge. The best part about these bags is they are reusable and take less space in the fridge.
On the other hand, Aluminium foil boxes can be used for a single time but they also take less place and you can save more food.
Sealable bags and Aluminum boxes can be easily found at any supermarket near your home.
Re-heating tips for Chinese Food:
Once you have stored the food in the freezer/ Refrigerator then relax. Now you don’t need to cook food for dinner after a hectic office day. All you need to do is just take the food out of the fridge and reheat it. Sometimes reheating the food leaves it foggy and unfresh. If you have had the same experience in the past then worry not. Follow the reheating tips mentioned below to keep your food fresh and healthy.
So let’s have a look.
Reheat it in the wok:
By reheating the food in the wok, it will stay fresh. Wok won’t disturb the moisture present in the food and it will taste the same When you first receive it.
Microwaves usually heat the food unevenly. The food that is reheated in the microwave usually loses its texture, taste, and moisture. Either it will become so hard or so soft that you won’t be able to eat it. But as Microwave is easy to use and it saves a lot of your time, then here is a pro tip if you are reheating the food in it, Keep the food at a low temperature for a longer period. So it remains fresh and will be heated up evenly.
Break the food clumps:
Remember never to heat your food while it is in clump shape. You will lose the taste and texture upon reheating the clumps. So it is better to break them, defrost food first, or break rice clumps using your hands. Once the food comes up as a flat surface you can now reheat it using a microwave or stove.
There is no doubt in the fact that Chinese foods are made up of a lot of sauces, eggs, shrimp, and chicken. And all these ingredients get rotten in just a few hours. So that’s why it is important to keep your Chinese food at a lower temperature. The above tips and ideas will help you to store your Chinese food for a longer period.
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