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CHINESE FOOD: VEGETABLE CHOW MEIN / LO MEIN — HOMEMADE OR TAKE-OUT

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

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