There’s often a little dinner leftover from the night before. Maybe someone didn’t show up to your party or you overestimated your own appetite while cooking. Most of us were taught never to waste food, and sometimes the meal was just so tasty that you want to save some for tomorrow.
But it’s important to know that not all foods are safe to store and reheat on the stove or in the microwave. In fact, sometimes reheating meals can even be poisonous! Make sure you take care with the following seven foods:
If cooked potatoes are stored at room temperature, they can quickly grow a bacteria that causes food poisoning. It’s best always to store cooked potatoes in the refrigerator. When you are ready to eat a second round, they can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove.
2. Onions, celery, and beets
These three ingredients are often found in soup. If you reheat soup under certain conditions, toxins are released. This is due to the nitrates contained in each vegetable. Repeated reheating can even release carcinogenic substances so it’s better only to reheat the portion you’re about to eat.
The protein structure of mushrooms and their relatives is altered when they’re heated up and can change in such a way that they become dangerous. Storing mushrooms at room temperature is also not recommended because they can release certain toxins if not cooled. It’s best to consume mushrooms right away and store them for no longer than one day in the fridge.
That’s right, reheating rice can even make you sick. If it’s stored at room temperature, food-poisoning bacteria can form. To avoid hours of diarrhea and vomiting, you should always put old rice in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Reheating it afterwards should then be safe.
Certain oils go rancid very quickly. These include: walnut oil, hazelnut oil, grape seed oil, and avocado oil. If you’ve already used one of these oils to cook or fry something, reheating the food could release harmful trans fats.
Scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, and all other types of eggs should not be reheated. Doing so could cause uncomfortable symptoms in your digestive tract mostly due to the over-high protein content.
Similar to eggs, chicken is also high in protein. Reheating and consuming it can lead to stomach aches, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you really want to reheat last night’s chicken, you better make sure it’s completely cooked through and the middle is hot. It may be safer to just eat it cold on a salad or in a sandwich.
It’s essential to store dishes with these seven ingredients in the refrigerator or maybe just decide against eating leftovers. It’s always easiest to just make sure you cook the right amount in the first place!