How Long Is Chinese Food Good For If I’ve Properly Stored It?

Food waste is a major concern in the United States today. According to the Department of Agriculture, this accounts to around 30% to 40% of the country’s food supply. Most of the food waste can be attributed to grocers and retailers throwing away produce, meat, and dairy products that have surpassed their expiry dates. But food waste affects consumers as well. Many of us have felt guilty about tossing leftover Chinese food into the trash because we weren’t sure if the food was still safe to eat. 

There comes a time when it’s no longer safe to eat your leftover Chinese food and it should be thrown away to avoid illness. 

Below, you’ll find more information about when it’s best to discard your Chinese leftovers to avoid an upset stomach.

How Long Is Chinese Food Good For?

First off, “Chinese food” isn’t just one dish and it’s not definitely not limited to what you see at the steam table buffet at Panda Express; it’s a cuisine. Chinese cuisine is diverse – subtle and spicy, salty and sweet, sour and savory — Chinese cuisine is well-known for its great tastes and flavors.

It includes a wide variety of popular dishes such as fried rice, General Tsao’s, Orange chicken, chow mein, beef and broccoli , dumplings, kung pao chicken, dim sum, ma po tofu, noodles of all types, so take our advice and apply it carefully depending on what kind of Chinese food you’re referring to. 

That said, Chinese foods are like any foods that contain vegetables, meats and seafood – they’re very perishable, so you should put Chinese foods in the fridge as soon as possible.

When stored correctly, Chinese food can remain fresh for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. However, most people store it for up to 3 days only depending on the type of food and the ingredients used.

After that, spoiled Chinese food can cause food poisoning. Food-borne bacteria do not usually affect the look, smell, or taste of the food. Therefore, it is difficult to tell if the Chinese takeaway you ordered last week is currently safe for consumption.

To be on the safe side, avoid keeping your Chinese food in the refrigerator for longer than this period.

Food kept in the fridge does not go bad immediately after four days. The risk increases due to bacteria growth. You can freeze the food only if you want to eat it within the recommended time period.

However, just knowing what time to throw away Chinese food leftovers is just scratching the surface. It’s also important to learn how to store Chinese food properly so you can safely eat it again.  

Why Throw Away Spoiled Chinese Food

You run the risk of foodborne illnesses if you consume Chinese food that is infested with harmful bacteria. These pathogenic manifestations occur with the temperature between 4°C and 60 °C. Therefore, your aim is to protect your food from this danger zone. Make sure to store your food in the fridge within two hours. Otherwise, the bacteria would grow immensely, making the food unsafe for consumption.

How to Store Your Leftover Chinese Food

Let’s face it; most of us simply store Chinese food in the refrigerator just the way we bought it from the restaurant. However, this is not the best way to store the food if you want to extend its shelf life.

This Reheating Method Keeps Leftover Chinese Food Crispy

Store your Chinese food in sealed or airtight containers. Never store your Chinese food in the takeaway container. It is not ideal for long-term storage. Takeaway food containers allow in air that makes the food stale and create a good environment for harmful bacteria to grow. 

Avoid leaving your Chinese food on your kitchen counter. Instead, put it in the fridge once you have finished eating. 

You should put food in the fridge as soon as possible to lower the risk of ingesting food-borne pathogens.

Conclusion

If you have spent top dollar on your Chinese food, you’d hate to throw it out. To store your Chinese food leftovers properly, follow the above tips to enjoy eating it again. That way, you can save time and money. And if you’re not sure about the safety of your Chinese food, throw it away. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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4 Factors Contributing to the Growth of the Online Gaming Industry

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There’s no question that the online gaming industry is on a winning streak right now, with impressive growth forecast for the foreseeable future and audiences expanding internationally.

So what are the reasons behind this meteoric rise, and will it really continue to enjoy such a compelling trajectory indefinitely?

New innovations breed player interest

The gaming industry is always evolving, and this helps to keep people engaged with whatever it has to offer, because people crave novelty and multiplayer titles deliver it in spades.

Whether you’re interested in competing in fast-paced action titles like Call of Duty and Fortnite, or you’re eager to learn how to play poker online for money, the amount of variety combined with innovative ways to play, such as virtual reality and augmented reality, means there’s never a dull moment as a gamer.

The cloud is changing up access for everyone

Perhaps the biggest shift that’s going on at the moment in online gaming is the move away from being reliant on end user hardware to determine the quality of the experience.

Instead, cloud computing is taking up the burden of crunching the numbers and storing the game files, while the results are streamed directly to players on any device they prefer. Services like Google Stadia have offered cloud-powered gaming for a while now, and while they are not perfect, the future does seem to be going in this direction.

Microsoft is arguably pushing for a cloud-based gaming future more than any other company, and its latest Xbox consoles look like a step towards eventually embracing games-as-a-service as the only future for the industry.

This is also turning games into a subscription rather than a one-off purchase. Renting access to a huge library of titles, as well as eliminating local hardware limitations from the equation, is ultimately making high end gaming more accessible and affordable for the average person. The one caveat is of course having fast internet access to minimize game streaming hiccups.

The social aspect is compelling

Another catalyst of online gaming’s success is the way in which it is innately social, and thus taps into the human need to communicate and engage with other people.

Multiplayer titles have built up huge communities around the globe for many years, and yet it is in the age of social media dominance that the true value of this connectedness can be seen.

From direct in-game voice chat to text-base conversations, to the simple act of working together with other players in teams, it’s easy to see why gamers get an endorphin hit from picking up a controller and logging on for some cooperative or combative entertainment.

In turn this is feeding into predictions about how the Metaverse will expand in the coming years. The idea of people living their lives in a fully virtual world, while still remote in the mainstream, is already becoming a reality through the use of VR, in combination with live services from various developers and platform providers.

Mobility still makes a difference

Mobile gaming is a major contributor to the market as a whole, and there’s plenty of proof that portability is a driving factor in the current era.

From cost-conscious consoles like the Nintendo Switch to hardcore-focused machines like Valve’s Steam Deck, there are dedicated hardware solutions for every niche. Then there are smartphone games, which again cater to the casual players as well as to the more serious acolytes of this pastime.

All of this means that even the most pessimistic outlook for the industry anticipates continued growth, particularly in developing markets.

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Google: “Your Infographic Sucks”

Whoever said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” wasn’t speaking to an SEO.

(I’m sure that clever anecdote has been used before, but it’s brand new to my brain, so it stays.)

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Your infographic may literally have 1,000 words on it, but if you’re not optimizing it for SEO, then it’s not worth squat to search engines.

Optimize your infographics for SEO

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