11. Beware of Eggs
Some foods require extra caution when reheating, and eggs are one such food. Eggs carry the risk of Salmonella poisoning. While scrambling them on the stove renders them safe for eating, you will want to be sure to get any leftovers into the refrigerator quickly. Lightly cooked or runny eggs should not be stored and reused. Beware of items such as Caesar salad dressing and hollandaise sauce, which may contain unpasteurized eggs. Any foods containing eggs should be refrigerated within two hours. On especially hot days, these items need to be refrigerated within one hour.
10. Use Caution with Beets
Beets are delicious sources of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted, they are flavorful accompaniments to any meal. They also contain nitrates, which, when reheated may turn into the cancer-causing agent nitrosamine. There is disagreement over whether reheating beets would result in enough nitrosamine to be dangerous. However, pregnant women should probably avoid eating beets that have been reheated. To use leftover cooked beets, use the chilled beets as toppings for a salad or enjoy them cold.
9. Don’t Leave Out Potatoes
Potatoes seem so sturdy and versatile. However, it is important to get your cooked spuds into the refrigerator quickly in order to prevent the growth of bacteria. Potatoes are grown in soil, so they may contain Clostridium botulinum. There have been outbreaks of food poisoning from this pathogen in baked potatoes that were wrapped in foil and left too long in a warm oven rather than being refrigerated.