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CHINESE FOOD: BARBECUED SPARERIBS (BEEF OR PORK) — HOMEMADE OR TAKE-OUT

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Tips
  • How long do leftover barbecued spareribs (Chinese food) last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate barbecued spareribs within two hours of cooking or purchasing.
  • To maximize the shelf life of leftover barbecued spareribs for safety and quality, refrigerate in covered airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Properly stored, leftover barbecued spareribs will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To further extend the shelf life of leftover barbecued spareribs, freeze them; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
  • How long do leftover barbecued spareribs last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 2 to 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — leftover barbecued spareribs that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long do leftover barbecued spareribs last after being frozen and thawed? Leftover barbecued spareribs that have been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; barbecued spareribs that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How long can leftover barbecued spareribs be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; leftover barbecued spareribs should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if leftover barbecued spareribs are bad? If leftover barbecued spareribs develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, they should be discarded.

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