Refrigerated leftovers and frozen meals from OAMC are often shunned by our children. Teenagers seem to draw the most attention to the issue as they become know-it-alls, wizardry of culinary art, even though they rebel when asked to prepare their own meal. If you have a teen that is NOT like this, please send me an email and I’ll send you my address. I’d be glad to take them in during any long school break. I’m kidding of course. There exist children of all ages who pay close attention to the frequency at which meals are served or how often food remains in the fridge/freezer.
Leftovers: We Had That Yesterday
A bit of trickery and knowledge can be useful in getting your child to eat leftovers. The USDA has published a refrigerator and freezer storage chart, which will help educate parents and children on best practices to keeping leftovers and frozen meals from OAMC safe.
The Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart from the USDA outlines safe storage times for both fresh and frozen foods, including:
- TV Dinners / Frozen Foods and Frozen Meals
- Deli and Vacuum Packed Products
- Raw hamburger and stew meats
- Ground turkey, veal, pork and lamb
- Ham and Corned Beef
- Hot Dogs and Lunch Meats
- Soups and Stews
- Bacon & Sausage
- Fresh Meat (Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork)
- Meat Leftovers
- Fresh Poultry
- Cooked Poultry, Leftover
- Fish and Shellfish
This handy guide is available in PDF format.
I printed it and keep it posted on the side of the fridge, pointing it out to my teenager when the rebuttals about sell-by dates come up.