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CHINESE FOOD: GENERAL TSO'S CHICKEN — HOMEMADE OR TAKE-OUT

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

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