How long can you keep Turkey day left-overs?
Thanksgiving kicks off the season of gathering, celebrating and feasting. And no matter how much you eat, there always seem to be leftovers to store or take home.
During this time, it’s good to know the rules of food storage and leftovers. There are different rules for storing fresh food versus prepared food.
For example, raw chicken will only last 1 or 2 days in the fridge, while raw red meat, like steak, will last 3 to 4 days. These rules apply to fresh meat, wrapped in butcher’s paper. When you purchase raw meat sealed in airtight plastic packaging, it will last until the “best by” date on the package. Raw meat can also be preserved through freezing and will last 6 months in the freezer.
Fresh herbs can last for 4 to 7 days when wrapped in a damp paper towel. And mushrooms and lettuce will last for 4 to 5 days in the fridge.
Eggs can last up to a month in the refrigerator, but don’t put them next to anything with a strong smell because eggs absorb odors.
Potatoes are also long lasting. If kept in a cool, dark and dry place they’ll last for up to 2 weeks. However, if you leave potatoes out in bright light or direct sunlight as it will raise their alkaloid levels and turn them a shade of light green. Slightly green potatoes are not harmful if eaten in small amounts, but very green potatoes can taste bitter or cause digestive issues, so it’s best to toss.
Prepared foods need to be stored in airtight containers in the fridge to preserve freshness. You should not keep leftovers longer than 5 days.
There are 3 reasons why leftovers are not good after a few days.
Prepared foods are a breeding ground for bacteria. The older they are, the more bacteria will grow. If not in an airtight container they can cross contaminate other food in the fridge, making them spoil faster.
Prepared foods also lose nutrients when cooked on high heat and lose even more nutrients as they sit in the fridge.
Lastly some people can be sensitive to eating leftovers, particularly those who have yeast/candida overgrowth, mold allergies or issues with histamine intolerance. Sensitive individuals shouldn’t eat leftovers older than 24 hours. In this case, it’s best to freeze leftovers in single serving containers to heat up later.
Your body’s immune system produces histamine to respond to threats, but some people are deficient in a natural enzyme called DAO (diamine oxidase), which breaks down the histamine. If histamine isn’t processed it overloads the body and causes symptoms like fatigue, congestion, headaches, itchiness, insomnia or inflammation.
Leftovers are high in histamine and should be frozen or eaten within 24 hours. Because mold grows on leftovers, they are not a good idea for people with yeast or mold issues. Most people can tolerate leftovers in the first few days with no problems.
Don’t toss those turkey bones to make your leftovers go further. Use them to make nutrient dense bone broth. Just fill a slow cooker or a 4 quart pot with water, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and cook on very low heat for 24 hours. Let cool and transfer to a glass container in the fridge. Broth will last 5 days in the fridge. If a layer of fat forms on top of the broth, it creates an airtight seal allowing the broth to last longer than 5 days. Once the fat layer is broken consume the broth within 5 days.
The key to eating leftovers quickly is variety. Instead of the same old sandwich, throw leftovers into a soup or salad or add eggs to make a leftovers scramble.
If you feel bloated from all that eating and can’t stand the thought of leftovers, it might be time for a cleanse. The 21-Day Body Makeover will support and detox your body so you don’t gain those typical few pounds this holiday season. And you’ll be done cleansing in time for Christmas. The 21-Day Body Makeover can help break sugar addictions, while nourishing your body with real food. You won’t be hungry but will feel light and satiated.
What a great way to start the New Year.
Break the cycle of sugar addiction
We know that sugar is bad for us, but it’s also pretty hard to resist. Sugar can give us cavities, grow our waistline, and contribute to anxiety and depression, but it’s addictive nature often foils our efforts to quit it.
Now there’s even more compelling evidence that sugar can wreak serious health havoc.
Scientists from the University College London are using cancer’s love for sugar to propel their new cancer detection research. They are using magnetic resonance imaging (also known as an MRI) to locate cells in the body that feed off sugar the most.
The study, which was published in Nature Medicine, uses glucose with an added dye to activate and distinguish cancer cells from normal cells. The MRI scanner is set up to look for tumor cells that are brightly lit up by the glucose dye.
We are not alone in our love for sugar. Cancer cells are also huge sugar consumers. Cancerous tumor cells consume more glucose than normal tissue. And this fact has been driving a new area of cancer research and detection.
Because tumors attract sugar to their cells, they also light up with the highest concentration of dye from the injected glucose solution.
The reason cancer cells need to consume more sugar than regular cells is because their metabolism is much higher. Sugar provides the extra energy needed to grow and flourish. So sugar is basically cancer food.
This promising new detection technique is called “glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer” (glucoCEST). It uses radio waves to magnetically label glucose in the body, which can be detected with regular MRI technology.
In the future, cancer detection may rely on measuring which cells feed off sugar the most. The use of sugar to detect tumors is much safer and cheaper than current methods that rely on injecting radioactive material.
The current MRI screenings for cancer involve injecting a radioactive agent into the body to light up tumors. For obvious reasons, this method is potentially more harmful to a patient than injecting table sugar. Radioactive substances may encourage cancer growth in some people.
The glucoCEST method only injects the amount of sugar found in half of a standard-sized chocolate bar. That’s enough to identify a tumor. This research makes it hard to argue that sugar is harmless for your body.
Other research shows that excess insulin can also stimulate cancer growth. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas to help regulate sugar levels in the bloodstream and escort sugar molecules into cells that need energy.
Processed, sugary foods are known to spike insulin levels, which in turn can feed cancerous tumors.
“What we’re beginning to learn is that insulin can cause adverse effects in various tissues, and a particular concern is cancer,” says Dr. Lewis Cantley, head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University.
Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., a Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, is a huge advocate for cutting out sugar to improve health. He believes that many common health issues and illness are either caused by or made worse by the consumption of sugar and fructose.
If you’re concerned about your sugar consumption, or feel like your sugar addiction has a hold on you, don’t worry, there’s something you can do about it.
The more sugar you eat the more you crave. Cutting out sugar will actually help decrease your sugar cravings in the long run.
The 21 Day Full Body Makeover is a cleanse that can and often does help end all sugar cravings. After 3 weeks your relationship with sugar will be transformed. Cleaning out the body of old sugar residue and eating nutritious, filling food packed with protein, fat and fiber will keep your blood sugar stable so you don’t crave sugar when your blood sugar levels drop.