Maple Leaf Foodservice

Storing of Ready-To-Eat Meats and Leftovers

Follow these simple steps to help create delicious and safe sandwiches for your patients, residents and customers.

The two-hour rule
Refrigerate prepared foods within two hours. Discard prepared foods that have been sitting at room temperature for longer than two hours.

  • Never freeze leftovers
  • Refrigerate leftovers in shallow containers and cover once cooled. Food cools faster in shallow containers
  • Never mix leftovers with fresh foods
  • Date leftovers with “prepared on” date to ensure freshness
  • Leftovers should be eaten within four days

Storage chart for ready-to-eat meats in refrigerators and freezers

Item Refrigerator 4°C (40°F) Freezer -18°C (0°F)
Deli Meats (unopened) Keep to best before date 1-2 months
Deli Meats (opened) Keep up to one week 1-2 months
Ham, fully cooked 3-4 days 1-2 months
Pre-cooked sausage links or patties 1 week 1-2 months
Hot dogs (unopened) 2 weeks 1-2 months
Hot dogs (opened) 1 week 1-2 months
Bacon, fully cooked 1 week 1-2 months
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